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Come, Gentle Night: Music of Shakespeare's World
     

Come, Gentle Night: Music of Shakespeare's World

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by Ensemble Galilei
 
The six women of Ensemble Galilei had a tough job finding "the music of Shakespeare's world," because no record exists of exactly what music the Bard's own audiences would have heard some 400 years ago. Rather, the group follows the current trend of matching "historically informed" early music performance with the vibrant immediacy of

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The six women of Ensemble Galilei had a tough job finding "the music of Shakespeare's world," because no record exists of exactly what music the Bard's own audiences would have heard some 400 years ago. Rather, the group follows the current trend of matching "historically informed" early music performance with the vibrant immediacy of folk music, adding pennywhistle and percussion to fiddles and viola da gamba. The gambit is like getting actors to look beyond their years of training and think like a living person for a moment. In any art, the balance could be precarious. Putting the third act tune from Purcell's "Fairy Queen" beside traditional jigs and country dance tunes, for example, may not be strictly "historically correct," but the results are effective nonetheless. Despite some occasional New Agey use of percussion, this disc makes the old traditions seem as good as new.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408055621
catalogNumber:
80556
Rank:
1284

Tracks

  1. Mr. Isaac's Maggot
  2. Chestnut or Dove's Vagary
  3. Woody-Cock, MB 40
  4. Death's Second Self
  5. Jack's Health
  6. Vale of Years
  7. Jack's Health Reel
  8. Come, Gentle Night
  9. Depairte, Depairte
  10. The Cobbler's Jig
  11. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: Third Act Tune
  12. But Let Them Go
  13. Ladies, Sigh No More
  14. In a garden so green, folk song
  15. Childgrove
  16. Fire, Burn, and Cauldron Bubble
  17. The Asp
  18. Rumble Thy Bellyful
  19. Pastime With Good Company
  20. O Lustie May
  21. Lament
  22. Joy to the Person of My Love
  23. Love's Winter Light
  24. Apples In Winter
  25. Drive the cold winter away
  26. Jenny Pluck Pears
  27. Lilli Burlero
  28. Cold and Raw (The Juice of Barley)
  29. Life Is But a Walking Shadow
  30. Mill, Mill O
  31. Pawky Adam Glen
  32. Heart's Ease (song)
  33. Now That the Spring
  34. Gathering Peascods
  35. No Longer Mourn For Me

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Come, Gentle Night: Music of Shakespeare's World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD when I was in Stratford, Canada seeing ''As You Like It.'' (Shakespeare) I enjoy this CD very much; the songs are all instrumental, very peaceful (good for studying) and they're not so long that you get tired of them easily. It is now my favorite CD, my favorite song ''Woodycock'' and ''In The Garden So Green'' now rates over Betthoven's 6th symphony, Movement 1 as some of my more favorite pieces. Anyone who enjoys Shakespeare's theatrical works will like this, as the songs relate to the different plays. As my headline suggests, this CD is pure audio brilliancy. I can listen to it for hours and never feel compelled to change the CD. Every song ensnares the senses. I definetly reccomend it for any Classical lovery. Soft violins and celtic harps, soft percussion, and bagpipe are a few of the catalysts of an amazing sound I shan't leave out of my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With soulful playing and artful, sometimes even ephemeral arrangements, these six women convey a rare depth of emotion. In the insert notes, gamba player Carolyn Ann Surrick describes their creative process: ¿[In making this recording, we engaged in]¿a kind of work that is so focused and intense that years can go by in one afternoon¿ Extraordinary music-making requires trust¿ [We] live for the times when the only thing that exists right then is the music--when the instruments are speaking as if we don¿t exist, and they are having their own conversation.¿ Thank you, Ensemble Galilei, for allowing the rest of us the privilege of coming along for the ride! It¿s simply delectable. This group can also be heard on their other Telarc release, ¿From the Isles to the Courts¿, and ¿The Mystic and the Muse: Celebrating 600 Years of Women in Music¿, on the Dorian label.