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English Fancy

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Masques is a young, photogenic, Montreal-based ensemble specializing in repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On the cover of their English Fancy CD, dressed all in white, they look like Amici Forever or one of the other English crossover bands. Either that or like they just came from day jobs at a hospital. Under the covers, however, is a well-constructed and very crisply executed program of seventeenth century English music. Masques alternates instrumental and vocal selections, mixing together works from different parts of the seventeenth century in such a way as to show the continuity of English tradition even as composers reacted to the huge ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Masques is a young, photogenic, Montreal-based ensemble specializing in repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On the cover of their English Fancy CD, dressed all in white, they look like Amici Forever or one of the other English crossover bands. Either that or like they just came from day jobs at a hospital. Under the covers, however, is a well-constructed and very crisply executed program of seventeenth century English music. Masques alternates instrumental and vocal selections, mixing together works from different parts of the seventeenth century in such a way as to show the continuity of English tradition even as composers reacted to the huge developments opera, the tonal system happening elsewhere. Composers represented are Purcell from the century's end, John Jenkins from its middle, and Shakespeare's contemporary Thomas Campion, whose songs are ideal vehicles for the compact power and understated humor of soprano Shannon Mercer. Her sound is complemented nicely by that of Masques' viols and violins, led by keyboardist Olivier Fortin. The group plays with that dry-yet-enthusiastic quality that brings Purcell's music into sharp relief, and the musicianship throughout shows the period instruments involved at their best. And the liner notes, though miserably designed with blocks of screaming capital letters and lots of dark gray print on black backgrounds apparently they don't have the death penalty for this in Canada yet, back up the overall conception of the program by stressing England's piecemeal adaptation of Continental trends into its distinctive island musical culture. Masques is a hot new presence on the early music scene, and promoters ought to get these charismatic young people out on the road early and often. The sound, recorded at the Saint-Augustin de Mirabel Church in Montreal, is as sharp and sparkling as Quebec snow on a cold, clear day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Analekta
  • UPC: 774204990527
  • Catalog Number: 29905

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Libertine, or, the Libertine Destroyed, incidental music, Z. 600: Air Nymphs and Shepherds for voice, strings & cont - Henry Purcell & Jacques-André Houle (2:09)
  2. 2–4 Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins & 2 Bass Viols & organ No 8 in D major - John Jenkins & Jacques-André Houle (7:15)
  3. 3 Come away, arm'd with loves delights, for voice, lute & bass viol (or 3 voices) (Second Booke of Ayres) - Thomas Campion & Jacques-André Houle (1:59)
  4. 6–9 Sonata in 3 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No. 6 in C major, Z. 795 - Henry Purcell & Jacques-André Houle (6:45)
  5. 7 Her rosie cheekes, her ever smiling eyes - Thomas Campion & Jacques-André Houle (2:33)
  6. 11–13 Fantasia-suite for 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba & continuo in A minor (Ms.) - John Jenkins & Jacques-André Houle (8:03)
  7. 12 Oedipus, incidental music, Z. 583: Air. Music for a While - Henry Purcell & Jacques-André Houle (4:07)
  8. 15–18 Sonata in 3 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No. 5 in A minor, Z. 794 - Henry Purcell & Jacques-André Houle (5:30)
  9. 16 Give Beauty all her Right, for voice, lute & bass viol (or 3 voices) (Second Booke of Ayres) - Thomas Campion & Jacques-André Houle (3:34)
  10. 20–22 Fantasia-suite for 2 violins, 2 violas da gamba & continuo in G minor (Ms.) - John Jenkins & Jacques-André Houle (8:41)
  11. 21 O Dear that I with thee might live, for voice, lute & bass viol (or 3 voices) (Second Booke of Ayres) - Thomas Campion & Jacques-André Houle (2:03)
  12. 22 Sweet Exclude Me Not nor Be Divided for voice, lute & bass viol - Thomas Campion & Jacques-André Houle (3:17)
  13. 23 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Lamento. When I am laid in Earth - Henry Purcell & Jacques-André Houle (3:23)
  14. 24 Peaceful Westerne Winde, for 3 voices - Thomas Campion & Jacques-André Houle (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Masques Primary Artist
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