Sublime Discourses

Sublime Discourses

by Fretwork
     
 

Made clear on the interior notes but not on the main graphics of this release is that the John Milton involved is not the author of Paradise Lost but his father, a composer and prosperous London scrivener who lived from 1562 to 1647. He also wrote some poetry and composed church music, but this release compiles his complete instrumental output, which was not large. He…  See more details below

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Made clear on the interior notes but not on the main graphics of this release is that the John Milton involved is not the author of Paradise Lost but his father, a composer and prosperous London scrivener who lived from 1562 to 1647. He also wrote some poetry and composed church music, but this release compiles his complete instrumental output, which was not large. He is joined with another composer of the same era, Martin Peerson, likewise only modestly prolific. The program and notes provide the listeners who already like viol consort music with a way of engaging with it in more detail: the notes delve into such issues as the purposes for which viol music was written (primarily for the entertainment of amateur adult musicians and for the training of young ones). The pieces by Peerson probably fell into the latter category, and they're simpler than the Milton works, which in addition to a group of fantasias also include an unusually fine example of the English In Nomine genre, which elaborated (why so frequently is not yet totally clear) a passage in a mass by John Taverner. The repertory may be more interesting to English Renaissance enthusiasts than to general listeners (try the instrumental music of Byrd or Dowland instead), but the English viol consort Fretwork plays with characteristic eloquence in this music where melancholy ruled supreme. Among its other virtues, this release is notable as the last instrumental recording made by viol player Richard Campbell, who died in 2011 at the age of 55.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2012
Label:
Regent
UPC:
0802561034124
catalogNumber:
341
Rank:
143799

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Tracks

  1. The Primrose, P6/4  - Martin Peerson  - Sophie Yates

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Fretwork   Primary Artist

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