Jenkins: Fantasias

Jenkins: Fantasias

by Les Voix Humaines
     
 

John Jenkins, the historian Roger North noted in 1728, wrote "hors(e)loads" of music, so much "that the private music in England was in a great measure supplied by him." Much of it was for the predominant instrumental ensemble of the time, the viol consort, whose repertory had a distinct melancholy tone. Jenkins reproduces this tone on the surface, but his music had a… See more details below

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John Jenkins, the historian Roger North noted in 1728, wrote "hors(e)loads" of music, so much "that the private music in England was in a great measure supplied by him." Much of it was for the predominant instrumental ensemble of the time, the viol consort, whose repertory had a distinct melancholy tone. Jenkins reproduces this tone on the surface, but his music had a cheerful, inventive cast that could not be repressed, even in the minor-key numbered fantasias heard on this CD. They seem to overflow with melody and with elaboration or, as North called it "division" -- "and some of his consorts was too full of them." This attractive disc can serve as a good introduction to Jenkins's music, which is less often performed than that of Purcell of William Lawes. English music of the seventeenth century is usually prized for its emotional profundity or for its contrapuntal art, and Jenkins does not really excel at either of these. But hear the opening suite, simply entitled "The 5 Bells," with its programmatic suggestion of bell patterns within the seemingly foreign context of the viol consort -- it's attractive, engaging music, and the listener's interest from there on out does not flag. One can understand why Jenkins had a long, successful career and lived to be 86 years old, through some of the most violent years in England's history. Montreal-based group Les Voix Humaines doesn't have the smoothest viol textures on disc, and some of its expressive devices in the fantasias tend toward the over-romantic. But the enthusiasm of the group's playing is entirely appopriate to Jenkins's spirit.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
Label:
Atma Classique
UPC:
0722056220521
catalogNumber:
2205
Rank:
149328

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Tracks

  1. The 5 Bells, for viol consort: Almaine  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  2. The 5 Bells, for viol consort: Coranto  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  3. The 5 Bells, for viol consort: The Bells  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  4. The 5 Bells, for viol consort: The Mourners  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  5. The 5 Bells, for viol consort: The Ringers  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  6. Fantasia à 4 No. 5 in F major, VdGS 5  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  7. Fantasia No. 17 for 3 viols, VdGS 17  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  8. Fantasia for 2 violins & continuo No. 18 in F major, VdGS 3  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  9. Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8: Ayre  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  10. Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8: Almand  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  11. Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8: Almand  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  12. Fantasia No. 14 for 3 viols, VdGS 14  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  13. Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  14. Suite in D minor "Divisions": Aire  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  15. Suite in D minor "Divisions": Almaine  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  16. Suite in D minor "Divisions": Almaine  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  17. Suite in D minor "Divisions": Coranto  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  18. Suite in D minor "Divisions": Coranto  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  19. Suite in D minor "Divisions": Saraband  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  20. Suite in D minor "Divisions": The Pleasing Slumber  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  21. Fantasia à 5 No. 7 in C minor, VdGS 7  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  22. Air and Divisions in D minor, for viol consort  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville
  23. Fantasia No. 18 for 3 viols, VdGS 19  -  John Jenkins  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Eric Milnes  - Diane Lagacé  - Roger North  - Ellen Pfeifer  - Denis Juget  - Jonathan Saville

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