The Food of Love / Baltimore Consort

Release Date: 8/23/2019
Label: Sono Luminus
Catalog Number: DSL-92234
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$15.99 $12.99
Video
Notes and Editorial Reviews

Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, The Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and courtly art song, and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. There are hundreds of references to music in the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s music can be placed into three general categories: Incidental Music- The individual titles of incidental music in Shakespeare’s works are never named but the directions “music here,” “music begins,” “music for dancing,” etc. are provided. Literary References- Shakespeare refers to the music, music theory, and instruments of the time within the text of his works. A humorous example is found in the names of the musicians Peter confronts in Romeo and Juliet: Hugh Rebec, Simon Catling and James Soundpost. Songs- Specific songs are included for performance in the text of Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare authored the lyrics to some of these songs but also incorporated popular songs known to his contemporary audiences. The plays did not include notation of the tunes of these songs. However, we are certain that Robert Johnson’s settings for “Full Fathom Five” and “Where the Bee Sucks” are the same as when originally performed in The Tempest. Johnson is well documented as Shakespeare’s composer. For the other songs on the recording we are using the earliest surviving versions – both published and from manuscript – which are contemporary with Shakespeare’s productions. These include, “It Was a Lover and his Lasse,” “Farewell, Dear Love,” “When Griping Grief,” “Gravedigger’s Song,” and “Willow Song.”



REVIEWS:

A very pleasurable late-evening hour can be spent in the company of these musicians.

– MusicWeb International

This gem of an album played with historical performance accuracy and 21st century pizzazz is a revealing and often toe-tapping thing to treasure.

– Rafael's Music Notes (Rafael de Acha)

With most of the songs in the one- to three-minute range (only three exceed four minutes), changes happen fast, the recording never staying in one place for long. As enjoyable as the songs are, the album’s foremost pleasures derive from the interactions between the players and the rich timbral contrasts between their instruments. Often the full ensemble performs, but arrangements vary, with instruments combined in different combinations and number (e.g., “Cuckolds All a-Row” played by cittern alone; voice accompanied by lute for “Willow Song”); the album also benefits from the inclusion of both vocal and instrumental tracks, with a satisfying balance achieved between them.

– Textura

Works on This Recording
1. Les Bouffons by Jean D'Estrées
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
1. Complain My lute by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
2. Kemp's Gigue by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1600 ; England
2. The Carman's Whistle by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
3. First Booke of Ayres: It was a lover and his lasse by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1600 ; England
3. The Manchester Gamba Book: No. 5, Whoope doe me no harm - Jog On by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
4. O mistress mine, where are you roaming by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
4. In Youth When I Did Love by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
5. Pegaramsey by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
6. Farewell, dear love by Robert Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
7. Where Griping Grief the Heart Doth Wound by Richard Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Contemporary
8. My Lady Careys Dompe by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
9. Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): The Honie-suckle by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
10. Queene's good night by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
11. A Fancy by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
12. The English Dancing Master: Cuckolds all a row by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1651 ; England
13. King of Denmark, his Galliard, P 40 by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
14. Tarletones riserrectione, P 59 by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
15. Bonny sweet Robin by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 17th Century ; England
16. Tarleton's Jig, P 81 by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
17. Greensleeves by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: 16th Century
18. Greensleeves by John [Composer] Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
19. Where the Bee Sucks, for voice & lute by Robert Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 1660 ; England
20. Full fathom five by Robert [baroque] Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 1611 ; England
21. Fortune my foe by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
22. Willow Song by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
23. Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): The Fairie-round by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1599 ; England
24. Queene's good night by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
25. A Fancy by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
26. The Carman's Whistle by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
27. The English Dancing Master: Cuckolds all a row by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1651 ; England
Customer Reviews