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Posted October 1, 2010
This six member ensemble whips up spirited improvisations of popular Renaissance ballads and dances from England by combining voice, wooden flute, recorder, bagpipes, rebec, lute, viols, cittern and Baroque guitar into a "broken consort" (a group of instruments that are not all of the same kind)(well, obviously!). A "Playford tune" is one that was published by John Playford in 1651 in his musical anthology, "The English Dancing Master". Tracks that are especially fun are "The French Report", "The Joviall Broome Man", "The Famous Ratketcher" and "The Beautiful Shepherdess of Arcadia". What is particularly wonderful to those familiar with English country dancing is to hear soprano Custer La Rue sing some of the ballads related to favorite dance tunes. If you like these ballads, you may also enjoy The Baltimore Consort's "The Art of the Bawdy Song" with guest singers The Merry Companions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.