Elizabethan Songs And Consort Music - Byrd, Mundy, Et Al

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Many things come to mind when considering the great flowering of the arts during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, among them the plays and poetry of Shakespeare and the magnificent sacred choral music masterpieces of composers such as Byrd and Tallis. But there also was abundant activity on the secular music front, most notably the incomparable lute songs of John Dowland and the lovely works for viol consort and for solo voice and viols by Byrd, Mundy, Farrant, Parsons, and many others. This recording, featuring the clear, expressive voice of Catherine King and the well-tuned, perfectly matched instruments of the Rose Consort of Viols, is devoted to the latter two categories--including theatrical pieces, dances, and some of the most melancholy--and beautiful--songs in the repertoire. King's rich mezzo is an ideal complement to the warm, reedy viols, and the instrumental playing must receive special mention for its sensitivity and tasteful style. This recording will provide an appealing introduction to one of the most significant and accessible genres of early music; and it will satisfy confirmed fans as well. --David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8554284

  • UPC: 636943428429

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Anonymous, Christopher Tye, Innocenzio Alberti, John Bennet, John Taverner, Nathaniel Pattrick, Richard Farrant, Robert Parsons, Thomas Tallis, Traditional, William Byrd, William Mundy

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols

  • Performer: Alison Crum, Catherine King, John Bryan, Peter Wendland, Roy Marks, Sarah Groser, Susanna Pell