Jenkins: Fantasias

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
John Jenkins, the historian Roger North noted in 1728, wrote "horseloads" 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
John Jenkins, the historian Roger North noted in 1728, wrote "horseloads" 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: 1/1/2003
  • Label: Atma Classique
  • UPC: 722056220521
  • Catalog Number: 2205
  • Sales rank: 189,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The 5 Bells, for viol consort: Almaine - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (1:35)
  2. 2 The 5 Bells, for viol consort: Coranto - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (0:33)
  3. 3 The 5 Bells, for viol consort: The Bells - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:21)
  4. 4 The 5 Bells, for viol consort: The Mourners - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (1:08)
  5. 5 The 5 Bells, for viol consort: The Ringers - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (0:54)
  6. 6 Fantasia à 4 No. 5 in F major, VdGS 5 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:17)
  7. 7 Fantasia No. 17 for 3 viols, VdGS 17 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:57)
  8. 8 Fantasia for 2 violins & continuo No. 18 in F major, VdGS 3 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:43)
  9. 9 Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8: Ayre - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (1:48)
  10. 10 Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8: Almand - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (2:21)
  11. 11 Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8: Almand - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:49)
  12. 12 Fantasia No. 14 for 3 viols, VdGS 14 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:34)
  13. 13 Fantasia-Suite for 2 violins, 2 bass viols & organ No. 8 in D major, VdGS 8 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:23)
  14. 14 Suite in D minor "Divisions": Aire - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (2:04)
  15. 15 Suite in D minor "Divisions": Almaine - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (1:37)
  16. 16 Suite in D minor "Divisions": Almaine - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (2:45)
  17. 17 Suite in D minor "Divisions": Coranto - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (1:15)
  18. 18 Suite in D minor "Divisions": Coranto - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (2:12)
  19. 19 Suite in D minor "Divisions": Saraband - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (1:47)
  20. 20 Suite in D minor "Divisions": The Pleasing Slumber - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:01)
  21. 21 Fantasia à 5 No. 7 in C minor, VdGS 7 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (3:25)
  22. 22 Air and Divisions in D minor, for viol consort - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (5:28)
  23. 23 Fantasia No. 18 for 3 viols, VdGS 19 - John Jenkins & Les Voix Humaines (4:08)
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Album Credits

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Les Voix Humaines Primary Artist
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