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Fretwork - The English Viol mp3 download
Performer: Fretwork
Title: The English Viol
Released: 1994
Style: Early, Renaissance
Rating: 4.8/5
Format: MP3 FLAC MP4 MMF AHX DMF DXD MP2 AC3
FLAC size: 1623 mb | MP3 size: 1394 mb | WMA size: 1230 mb
Genre: Classical

Fretwork is a consort of viols based in England, United Kingdom. Formed in 1986, the group initially consisted of six players, while it is currently five viols. Its repertoire consists primarily of music of the Renaissance period, in particular that of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and contemporary music written for them. The group has toured all over the world, with tours of Japan and the United States, and three visits to Russia, the first in 1989, when it was still a part of the Soviet Union. The English Viol – 1994 (compilation album). William Byrd: The Complete Consort Music by William Byrd – 1994. Henry Purcell: The Fantazias and In Nomines by Henry Purcell – 1995.

Fretwork ‎– The English Viol. Viol – Elizabeth Liddle, Julia Hodgson, Richard Boothby, Richard Campbell, Sarah Groser, Wendy Gillespie, William Hunt. Vocals – Harvey Brough (tracks: 17), John Potter (2) (tracks: 17), Linda Hirst (tracks: 17), Richard Wistreich (tracks: 17), Sue Bickley (tracks: 17). Notes.

The viol (/ˈvaɪəl/), viola da gamba (Italian: ), or informally gamba, is any one of a family of bowed, fretted and stringed instruments with hollow wooden bodies and pegboxes where the tension on the strings can be increased or decreased to adjust the pitch of each of the strings. Frets on the viol are usually made of gut, tied on the fingerboard around the instrument's neck, to enable the performer to stop the strings more cleanly

We play music on viols - violas da gamba, which are bowed guitars, created around the end of the 15th century. If and Why, two songs written for a film on Ann Frank and performed in an arrangement by Richard Boothby with viol consort, move deeply, while Davies also gives the pithy Robert Herrick cycle No Time in Eternity and Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna and Her Omnipotence - Nyman's take on an ancient Sumerian text - with aplomb.

The viol consort Fretwork, founded in 1986 and still flourishing, focuses on an English Jacobean composer, John Jenkins (1592-1678), in Complete Four-Part Consort Music (Signum). Whereas his near contemporary Henry Purcell – like Ludford and many others – stayed close to Westminster and the seat of power, Jenkins preferred country houses. He spent much time with noble royalist families in Norfolk, for whom he probably wrote these consort works for amateur performance. Contemplative, spirited, mellifluous and free from overt drama, they offer apolitical, zen-like balm.

The British viol consort Fretwork have, through several cycles of changing membership, remained one of the world's top ensembles in their field. They stand apart from other consorts of viols in their exploration of unusual repertories, playing for example music of Bach on viols and commissioning a good deal of contemporary music. At first, both in concert and on recordings, the group played the core viol repertory of the English Renaissance; their first album, 1987's In Nomine, featured works by Byrd, Tallis, Purcell, and Lawes in the quintessentially English genre of the In Nomine. That album was issued by the small Amon Ra label, but in 1989 they joined the roster of Britain's Virgin label and have since recorded mostly for that imprint and for Harmonia Mundi.

Fretwork are a world authority on the performance of 16th century English viol music. This album includes the complete music for viol consort by Thomas Tallis. The beauty and richness of viols played with perfect tuning and brilliant musicianship is a rare treat. It is one of the loveliest albums of English viol music I can remember hearing. Fretwork play together beautifully. Early Music Magazine.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 The Dark Is My Delight
Composed By – Anon*
1:03
2 Allemande And Galliard From Lumley Books [MB Vol.XLIV Nos. 76 & 104]
Composed By – Anon*
2:03
3 In Nomine A 5 [VdGS No.2]
Composed By – Alfonso Ferrabosco I*
2:21
4 In Paradise
Composed By – Anon*
5:19
5 Pavan And Galliard [LPM 41 & 42]
Composed By – Anthony Holborne
4:41
6 Christe Redemptor A 4
Composed By – William Byrd
2:57
7 In Nomine A 5 No.4 [VdGS No. 4]
Composed By – William Byrd
2:43
8 Ah Silly Soul
Composed By – William Byrd
3:20
9 Lachrimae Gementes
Composed By – John Dowland
3:43
10 Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
Composed By – John Dowland
3:39
11 M. Bucton His Galiard
Composed By – John Dowland
1:34
12 Pavan And Alman [VdGS Nos. 2 & 1]
Composed By – Alfonso Ferrabosco II*
4:29
13 Fantasia A 6 No. 2 [VdGS No. 2]
Composed By – Orlando Gibbons
3:39
14 Fantasia A 3 For The 'Great Dooble Bass' [VdGS No. 4]
Composed By – Orlando Gibbons
4:41
15 The Silver Swan
Composed By – Orlando Gibbons
1:30
16 Fantasia A 2 [VdGS No. 5]
Composed By – Orlando Gibbons
3:13
17 The Cry Of London, Part II
Composed By – Orlando GibbonsVocals – Red Byrd
2:46
18 Fantazy A 5 'On The Playnesong' In G Minor [VdGS No. 69]
Composed By – William Lawes
3:45
19 Gather Ye Rosebuds, A Lyra Song
Composed By – William Lawes
1:14
20 Aire A 6 In G Minor
Composed By – William Lawes
2:20
21 Consort of 4 Parts In F Major [VdGS nos. 9–12]
Composed By – Matthew Locke
8:06
22 Fantasia A 4 In B Flat No. 5 [VdGS no. 5]
Composed By – Henry Purcell
4:10
23 In Nomine A 6
Composed By – Henry Purcell
2:19

Companies, etc.

  • Record Company – Virgin Classics Limited
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Virgin Classics Limited
  • Copyright (c) – Virgin Classics Limited
  • Recorded At – Boxgrove Priory, Sussex
  • Recorded At – Forde Abbey
  • Recorded At – The Maltings
  • Recorded At – St. Bartholomew's Church, Orford

Credits

  • Countertenor Vocals – Michael Chance (tracks: 4, 8)
  • Design [Series] – Nick Bell
  • Engineer [Balance] – Nicholas Parker (tracks: 18-23), Tim Handley (tracks: 1-17)
  • Liner Notes – David Pinto
  • Liner Notes [French Translation] – Francis Marchal
  • Liner Notes [German Translation] – Anne Steeb, Bernd Müller
  • Producer – Nicholas Parker (tracks: 1-12, 15, 18-23), Roy Mowatt (tracks: 13, 14, 16, 17)
  • Soprano Vocals – Catherine Bott (tracks: 19)
  • Treble Vocals – Jeremy Budd (tracks: 1, 15)
  • Viol – Elizabeth Liddle, Julia Hodgson, Richard Boothby, Richard Campbell, Sarah Groser, Wendy Gillespie, William Hunt
  • Vocals – Harvey Brough (tracks: 17), John Potter (tracks: 17), Linda Hirst (tracks: 17), Richard Wistreich (tracks: 17), Sue Bickley* (tracks: 17)

Notes

℗ 1988 , 1989 (9, 13, 14, 16, 17), 1990 (7, 8, 10, 11), 1993 (1, 2, 4, 5, 12, 15), 1994 (6, 18–23) The copyright in these recordings is owned by Virgin Classics Limited
This compilation ℗ 1994
© 1994 Virgin Classics Limited
Printed in Holland

Recording:
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester: June 1986 ; Forde Abbey, Somerset: January 1989 (13, 14, 16, 17); The Maltings, Snape: December 1987 , April 1989 (7, 8, 10, 11), July 1990 (1, 2, 4, 5, 12,15), March 1993 , September 1990 ; St Bartholemew's, Orford: Sept–Oct 1991 (18–20), February 1994 (22–23)
Cover image: The Somerset House Conference, 1604 (detail). The National Portrait Gallery, London
Illustration p. 2: Royal College of Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24356 11732 7
  • Matrix / Runout: 561173 2 @ 1
  • Matrix / Runout (stamped on moulding): 1-2-4-NL