Baltimore Consort

Biography

Active: 1980 - ; Baltimore, MA
The Baltimore Consort is a small ensemble of instrumentalists and singers whose major focus has been early music, taking into account both the classical and folk realms, often blurring the distinction between the two. In the early years, its main focus was English music from the Elizabethan period, but the group soon branched out into Irish, Scottish, French, Spanish, and Italian early music. The chronological range of the repertory has generally Read more fallen into Renaissance era, roughly spanning the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Consort players perform on early instruments (viols, recorders, lutes, rebec, etc.) and their concerts and recordings can feature only instrumental music or a mixture of vocal and instrumental pieces. The Consort regularly tours the United States and has made several highly successful concert tours across Europe. It has made more than a dozen recordings, mostly for the Dorian Records label.

The Baltimore Consort was founded in 1980 by lutenist Roger Harmon and flutist Mindy Rosenfeld. There have been several personnel changes over the years, and, not surprisingly, the size of the ensemble has varied: in the 1990s, for example, it was called a sextet. At that time the Consort included soprano Custer LaRue. In 2004, LaRue took a leave of absence and from that time the ensemble, consisting of five instrumentalists -- Mindy Rosenfeld, Mary Anne Ballard (viol and rebec), Mark Cudek (cittern, viol, Renaissance guitar), Larry Lipkis (viol, recorder), and Ronn McFarlane (lute) -- have used guest artists for vocals, including countertenor José Lemos and soprano Danielle Svonavec. It was in 1990 that Dorian released the Baltimore Consort's first recordings, On the Banks of Helicon, which contained early music from Scotland, and Watkins Ale, a disc of English Renaissance music. The Consort quickly became one of the most popular American early music ensembles, as a string of successful recordings and concert tours followed. The group regularly performs an orchestral concert program entitled O'er the Hills and Far Away, which features arrangements of early music works by the Consort's own Larry Lipkis. Among the Baltimore Consort's recordings is the 2007 Dorian CD Gut, Wind, and Wire: Instruments of the Baltimore Consort, which contains 36 numbers of sixteenth century instrumental pieces. Read less
Browse 1-17 of 17 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Classical Discovery - The History Of Classical Music
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184622 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Charles Gounod,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Cécile Ousset,  E. Power Biggs,  Grace Bumbry  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Sanderling,  Kurt Masur,  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Baltimore Consort,  Il Complesso Barocco  ... 
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  • 2.
    Adio Espana - Romances, Villancicos & Improvisations From Spain / Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90901 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Diego Pisador,  Diego Ortiz,  Francisco de la Torre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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  • 3.
    The Baltimore Consort - Live In Concert
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90801 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Gut, Wind And Wire / The Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90601 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Orazio Vecchi,  Cesare Negri Milanesi,  Thomas Morley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Kdfc: A Classical Christmas 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557715 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Natasha Lipkina,  Arturo Delmoni,  Nina Bodnar,  Nathaniel Rosen  ... 
    Conductor:  Owen Burdick,  Noel Edison,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Martin Baker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Orchestra,  New York Trinity Church Choir,  Elora Festival Singers  ... 
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    The Best Of The Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90023 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  John Playford,  Rory Dall O'Cahan  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Norman,  Webb Wiggins,  Howard Bass,  Alice Kosloski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Shakespeare's Music / Baird, Mcfarlane, Urrey, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90017 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Robert Johnson,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Les Witches,  Toronto Consort  ... 
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    Elizabeth's Music / Baltimore Consort, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90015 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Matthew Holmes,  Thomas Campion  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Colin Tilney,  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Toronto Consort
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    The Ladyes Delight / The Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90252 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Giovanni Conversi  ... 
    Performer:  Custer LaRue,  Mark Cudek,  Chris Norman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Tunes From The Attic / The Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90235 Release Date: 04/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Anonymous,  William Ballet,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Chris Norman,  Mary Anne Ballard,  Larry Lipkis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    A Trip To Killburn / The Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90238 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Playford
    Performer:  Mary Anne Ballard,  Custer LaRue,  Mark Cudek,  Ronn McFarlane  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    The True Lover's Farewell / Custer Larue, Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90213 Release Date: 03/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Mark Cudek,  Custer LaRue,  Ronn McFarlane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Bright Day Star / Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90198 Release Date: 10/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  Thomas Ravenscroft,  Johann Michael Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Norman,  Mark Cudek,  Larry Lipkis,  Ronn McFarlane  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    La Rocque'n'roll - Popular Music Of Renaissance France
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90177 Release Date: 09/28/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrian Le Roy,  Robert Ballard,  Claude Goudimel,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Custer LaRue,  Chris Norman,  Ronn McFarlane,  Larry Lipkis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    The Daemon Lover / Custer Larue, Baltimore Consort
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90174 Release Date: 08/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Custer LaRue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    The Art Of The Bawdy Song / Baltimore Consort, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90155 Release Date: 02/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Church,  John Eccles,  William Cranford,  John Blow  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Becker,  James Weaver,  Alexander Blachly,  Paul Shipper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Merry Companions
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    On The Banks Of Helicon - Early Music Of Scotland
    Label: Dorian Recordings   Catalog: 90139 Release Date: 12/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Estienne du Tertre,  James Lauder,  Andrew Blackhall  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Norman,  Mark Cudek,  Edwin George,  Alice Kosloski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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