English Madrigals: Sing We At Pleasure

English Madrigals: Sing We At Pleasure

by Pro Cantione Antiqua
     
 

This album of English madrigals, many but not all of them familiar to fans of the genre, was originally recorded in 1979 and has been remastered for release by the American reissue specialist label Alto. It's what might be called second-generation madrigal singing, with the use of male countertenors instead of female altos, and with an attempt to delve a bit more…  See more details below

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This album of English madrigals, many but not all of them familiar to fans of the genre, was originally recorded in 1979 and has been remastered for release by the American reissue specialist label Alto. It's what might be called second-generation madrigal singing, with the use of male countertenors instead of female altos, and with an attempt to delve a bit more deeply into a repertoire explored by scholarly investigators. The album does not, however, benefit from the efforts of singers trained to perform Renaissance music; the members of the Pro Cantione Antiqua ensemble were students at the Royal College of Music who met and cultivated a mutual attraction for vocal genres of earlier eras. The sound is a bit too big and vibrato-filled, throwing the intonation off just slightly in heavily chromatic pieces like Giles Farnaby's "Construe My Meaning" (track 8), which take on an unpleasantly thick sound. This was, however, a recording that attracted a lot of general listeners to the English madrigal, and its virtues have traversed the three decades since its original release essentially intact. The basic melancholia of the music comes across, and there's none of the preciousness that marred so many madrigal performances of the period. No texts are given in the booklet, which is largely drawn from E.H. Fellowes' classic study of the madrigal, and even native English speakers may miss some of the words.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Musical Concepts
UPC:
0894640001394
catalogNumber:
1039
Rank:
102144

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Tracks

  1. Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers, madrigal  (01:21)
  2. O care wilt thou dispatch mee, madrigal in 2 sections for 5 voices: Part 2. Hence Care! Thou Art Too Cruel

    1. Part 2. Hence Care! Thou Art Too Cruel  (04:14)
  3. Come Away, Sweet Love  (01:34)
  4. Draw on Sweet Night, madrigal  (04:57)
  5. Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone  (01:42)
  6. Lullaby, my sweet little baby, madrigal for 5 voices (SSATB) & viols  (04:31)
  7. Oyez! Has Any Found A Lad? for 4 voices (madrigal)  (01:56)
  8. Construe My Meaning  (01:42)
  9. Adew, Sweet Amarillis, madrigal  (02:16)
  10. Now is the month of maying, madrigal for 5 voices  (02:03)
  11. The silver swanne, madrigal for 5 voices  (01:28)
  12. See What A Maze Of Error, for chorus  (01:52)
  13. Too Much I Once Lamented for 5 voices  (05:59)
  14. Weepe, Mine Eyes, madrigal  (04:26)
  15. Sing wee and chaunt it, madrigal for 5 voices  (01:49)
  16. What is our life, madrigal for 5 voices  (04:12)
  17. Sing wee at pleasure, madrigal for 5 voices  (02:04)
  18. Out from the Vale  (03:41)
  19. Weep, O mine Eyes (from Madrigals to four voyces)  (02:21)
  20. Quick, Quick, Away, Dispatch for 6 voices  (03:16)
  21. Those Sweet Delightful Lillies  (02:33)
  22. Sweet Hony Sucking Bees, madrigal: Part 2. Yet, Sweet, Take Heed

    1. Part 2. Yet, Sweet, Take Heed  (04:27)

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