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Posted October 1, 2010
“The ‘exquisite consort’ of instrumentalists which entertained Queen Elizabeth upon her visit to the Earl of Hertford in September 1591 was, in respect to the specific instruments employed, the exact equivalent of the Baltimore Consort,” according to the insert booklet. “Combining the sultry viols, the ethereal flute, the ‘sprightly and cheerful’ cittern, the ‘deep’ bandora and the ‘noble’ lute, the ensemble is capable of many moods, from the joyful to the melancholy.” Quite true. The emphasis on this recording, which is subtitled “Entertainment Music of Elizabethan England”, is the joyful, as each musician in this talented sextet gets his or her turn to embellish both grandly and subtly on their parts. Unlike many of the Baltimore Consort’s other releases, this one focuses on part music specifically written for an ensemble such as theirs to play, like that found in Thomas Morley’s “First Book of Consort Lessons”, published in 1599, and a Matthew Holmes’ 16th century manuscript of broken consort music. The Baltimore Consort’s gentle yet lively sound will ease your tensions when you’re stressed, and perk you up when you’re tired. This CD is sure to delight “ladyes” and gentlemen alike.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.