Love Bade Me Welcome: Songs and Poetry from the Renaissance

Love Bade Me Welcome: Songs and Poetry from the Renaissance

by Theatre of Early Music
     
 

This collection of post-Elizabethan melancholy risks being overly ambitious, for it tries to pursue two innovative goals. First, it mixes songs and poetry of the period; it is not the only recording to have done so, but it is likely to be the first one that attendees at the Stratford Festival, say, run across on the rack. Second, it tries to uncover some lesser-known… See more details below

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This collection of post-Elizabethan melancholy risks being overly ambitious, for it tries to pursue two innovative goals. First, it mixes songs and poetry of the period; it is not the only recording to have done so, but it is likely to be the first one that attendees at the Stratford Festival, say, run across on the rack. Second, it tries to uncover some lesser-known songs: eight pieces on the disc are devoted to the comparatively little-known Robert Jones, along with works by Dowland and Robert Johnson and poetry by Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion, Sir Walter Raleigh, and others. Fortunately, it all hangs together beautifully. A good deal of the credit goes to the performer who will no doubt be the disc's strongest drawing card -- actor Ralph Fiennes, who reads the poetry in a direct, immensely appealing style. Sample his reading of Raleigh's love poem "In the grace of wit, of tongue, of face," track 9, and you may be instantly hooked on the disc. The two countertenors involved, England's James Bowman and Canada's Daniel Taylor, perform both together and singly on the disc. Both are supremely gifted interpreters of this material, with smooth voices that achieve startling intimacy and control in these small, sad songs. Their voices would seem to complement each other well, with Bowman's more plaintive sound set against the creamy surfaces of Taylor, but the duets do not work quite as well -- the two singers push and pull the tempos in ways that neither seems entirely at ease with. This may be a matter of subjective preference, however, and any general lover of the golden age of English music, poetry, and drama will profit from having this disc on the shelf and in the stereo or digital music player.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590014462
catalogNumber:
1446

Tracks

  1. Though Your Strangeness Frets My Heart  -  Robert Jones  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  2. My Complaining Is But Feigning  -  Robert Jones  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  3. Love (Poem)  - George Herbert  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  4. Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart  -  Robert Jones  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  5. Lady Hatton's Almaine  - John Playford  - Frances Kelly  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  6. Sweet Kate  -  Robert Jones  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  7. When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes (Poem)  - William Shakespeare  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  8. What if I seek for love of thee  -  Robert Jones  - James Bowman  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  9. In the grace of wit, of tongue, and face (Poem)  - Walter Raleigh  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  10. Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  11. When to the sessions of sweet silent thought (Poem)  - William Shakespeare  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  12. Lie Down Poor Heart  -  Robert Jones  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  13. Slow, slow, fresh fount (Poem)  - Ben Jonson  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  14. Lord Zouch His March, for harp & lute  -  Anonymous, English  - Frances Kelly  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  15. Say, Love if ever thou didst find, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  16. Lachrimae, pavan for lute (music by Dowland poss. arr. by W.Wigthorpe)  - John Dowland  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  17. Sighs (Poem)  - Francis Quarles  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  18. Me, me, and none but me, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Daniel Taylor  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  19. Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  20. Now Winter Nights Enlarge for voice, lute & bass viol  - Thomas Campion  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  21. And Is It Night?  -  Robert Jones  - Frances Kelly  - Mark Levy  - Robert Suff  - Daniel Taylor  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  22. Grief of My Best Love's Absenting  -  Robert Jones  - James Bowman  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  23. So am I as the rich whose blessed key (Poem)  - William Shakespeare  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  24. The Second Witches Dance  - Robert Johnson  - Frances Kelly  - Elizabeth Kenny  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters
  25. Follow thy fair sun  - Thomas Campion  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes
  26. Hark! Wot Ye What?  -  Robert Jones  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  -  Theatre of Early Music
  27. The given heart (Poem)  - Abraham Cowley  - Robert Suff  - Jean-Pascal Vachon  - Juan Hitters  - Ralph Fiennes

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