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Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

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Alamire with Fretwork, David Skinner - Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)

Thomas Tallis: Queen Katherine Parr & Songs of Reformation (2017)
Alamire with Fretwork, directed by David Skinner

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 181 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Renaissance, Choral | Label: Obsidian | # CD716 | Time: 01:15:36

English composer Thomas Tallis witnessed dramatic changes of religion under four monarchs, and his career accordingly represents the development of polyphonic church music in Renaissance England. Along with his student and fellow Roman Catholic, William Byrd, Tallis was one of the earliest composers to publish music under royal patent in England, and his works demonstrated the shifting doctrines and styles of liturgy in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. This 2017 Obsidian release features one piece with a text by Henry VIII's sixth and last wife, Katherine Parr, which gives the album its title, though the mix of Roman Catholic and Anglican pieces on the program suggests that "songs of Reformation" may be seen as one-sided. In any case, the performances by the vocal ensemble Alamire and the viol consort Fretwork put the emphasis on Tallis and his varied output, rather than on the theological preferences of royalty. The result is a well-balanced portrait of Tallis, and his choral music is given transparent textures and clear diction by the 14-voice choir, which maintains independence of parts while offering an evenly blended tone.

Fretwork - English Music for Viols: Jenkins, Lawes, Locke, Purcell [5CDs] (2008)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Fretwork - English Music for Viols: Jenkins, Lawes, Locke, Purcell [5CDs] (2008)

Fretwork - English Music for Viols: Jenkins, Lawes, Locke, Purcell (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.63 Gb | Total time: 5 h 28 min | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics ‎| 3 95164 2 | Recorded: 1986-1996

This is a superb set of 5 CDs, covering works for viols by four 17the century English composers: John Jenkins, William Lawes (on 2 CDs), Matthew Locke, and Henry Purcell. It is a pure bliss for Baroque, especially chamber music lovers. The works recorded vary: fantasy, suite, pavan, consort, etc., but all are superbly performed by Fretwork Ensemble for 6 viols, sometimes accompanied by organ, spinet, and archlute. The quality of the recording is excellent: a 2001 remastering of previous various recordings done between 1986 and 1996.

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)

Fretwork - In Nomine II: Muhly, Parsons, Bull, Baldwin, Ferrabosco, Bryars, Ward, Tye, Purcell (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 59:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Records ‎| SIGCD576 | Recorded: 2018

John Taverner's accidentally totemic theme is subjected to more wondrous transformations by the likes of Robert Parsons, Henry Purcell and of course Christopher Tye—and inspires new works from Nico Muhly and Gavin Bryars.

The Purcell Quartet, Fretwork - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2010)

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The Purcell Quartet, Fretwork - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2010)

The Purcell Quartet, Fretwork - Buxtehude: Membra Jesu nostri (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 342 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | KCHAN 0775 | Recorded: 2009

…Sopranos Emma Kirkby and Elin Manahan Thomas are excellent throughout…Harvey is a solid, dignified presence elsewhere as well, while tenor Charles Daniels and countertenor Michael Chance are at their eloquent best… Both The Purcell Quartet and Fretwork relish the variegated sonorities afforded by Buxtehude’s score, as well as the word painting, while blending with the voices to effect a homogenous yet multi-timbred sound of great beauty.

Iestyn Davies, Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman & Henry Purcell (2019)

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Iestyn Davies, Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman & Henry Purcell (2019)

Iestyn Davies, Fretwork - If: Michael Nyman & Henry Purcell (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 67:51 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum Classics | # SIGCD586 | Recorded: 2018

When Michael Nyman started reinventing the English baroque back in the 1980s, one critic described the result as pump- action Purcell. This recording combines these two singular musical styles through the stunning voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies and viol consort Fretwork, serving as the bridge across three centuries. The programme combines bold harmonies, wondrous inventions, and melodies that will haunt your dreams whether from the 17th century or the 21st. Recorded following a concert tour of the programme, the release includes the premiere recording of a new commission from Michael Nyman, Music after a While based upon Purcells song, or more particularly upon its strikingly original bass-line, with its insidious rising chromatics.

Fretwork - Sublime Discourses: The Complete Instrumental Music of John Milton and Martin Peerson (2011)

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Fretwork - Sublime Discourses: The Complete Instrumental Music of John Milton and Martin Peerson (2011)

Fretwork - Sublime Discourses: The Complete Instrumental Music of John Milton and Martin Peerson (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 311 Mb | Total time: 61:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Regent Records | # REGCD341 | Recorded: 2009, 2010

Fretwork here unveils some obscure but engaging works from the golden age of English consort music by the little-known but accomplished composers Martin Peerson and John Milton, father of the celebrated poet. The programme combines scholarship, performance and recording technology to bring to light some two-dozen forgotten works, from dancing almaines to brooding intricate fantasias.