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The Art of the Recorder

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
To listen to the 1970s recordings of David Munrow and his Early Music Consort of London is to realize how pivotal they were in transforming early music from an academic specialty into a living performance tradition. The performances are based on thorough academic research, but they are varied, vital, and enthusiastic, meant for concert audiences rather than academic meetings. And the Early Music Consort of London roster is packed with future stars. This two-CD set offers the complete contents of what was originally a double Munrow LP, The Art of the Recorder, plus the first half the Middle Ages half of another double LP, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
To listen to the 1970s recordings of David Munrow and his Early Music Consort of London is to realize how pivotal they were in transforming early music from an academic specialty into a living performance tradition. The performances are based on thorough academic research, but they are varied, vital, and enthusiastic, meant for concert audiences rather than academic meetings. And the Early Music Consort of London roster is packed with future stars. This two-CD set offers the complete contents of what was originally a double Munrow LP, The Art of the Recorder, plus the first half the Middle Ages half of another double LP, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Renaissance half is available as part of a different CD reissue, Music from the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Splitting up the Instruments album is a strange choice. Intended to accompany a book about the history of musical instruments, it contained dozens of tiny little pieces, each illustrating a different instrument bagpipes, bladder pipes, and cow horns are all included, and the variety of instruments could point even well-informed modern players in new directions. It wasn't particularly well recorded, and its value would seem to be most apparent to someone who wanted the whole thing. The decision was made probably because the two LPs of The Art of the Recorder spill slightly over the confines of a single CD. Something was needed to fill out the second disc, but other choices were available. This objection aside, The Art of the Recorder remains a delight. As a survey of the literature for the instrument it is still valid, even with all the new repertories that have emerged since the album was recorded in 1975. Munrow includes two medieval dances, a nice selection of Renaissance music including arrangements of vocal pieces, purely instrumental conceptions, and a set of "Five Dances" of Antony Holborne. The Baroque section includes a Schmelzer sonata, concertos by Vivaldi and John Baston, two lovely and little-known musettes by François Couperin, and a group of vocal pieces by Bach and others containing famous recorder parts. As was common in the early years of the historical-performance movement, Munrow also includes several pieces from the twentieth century. A Paul Hindemith trio from the "Plöner Musiktag" is a fascinating and instrumentally idiomatic document from the dawn of the German rediscovery of the recorder. All the performances are enjoyable, and in such works as the medieval "Saltarello," Track 2, Munrow gives the lie to the idea that early music players of the era did not value instrumental virtuosity. In any event, it's a sign of health that the field of authentic-performance recordings now has its authentic reissuable classics, and here's hoping that Testament succeeds with this release and follows it up with many more. The remastering of the original Abbey Road studios sound is clean and unobtrusive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Testament Uk
  • UPC: 749677136826
  • Catalog Number: 1368
  • Sales rank: 267,232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 English Dance (13th century) - Anonymous, English & Early Music Consort of London (1:40)
  2. 2 Saltarellos 1-4 (GB-LBl Add.29987) - Anonymous, Italian & Early Music Consort of London (4:09)
  3. 3 Een Vroylic Wesen for 3 voices - Jacques Barbireau & Early Music Consort of London (2:44)
  4. 4 Voyant souffrir - Jacotin & David Munrow Recorder Consort (1:55)
  5. 5 Troys jeunes bourgeoises - Guillaume Le Heurteur & David Munrow Recorder Consort (1:14)
  6. 6 Alex souspirs - Claudin de Sermisy & David Munrow Recorder Consort (1:27)
  7. 7 Amour me voyant - Claudin de Sermisy & David Munrow Recorder Consort (0:56)
  8. 8 Browning a 5, for instrumental consort ("The Leaves Bee Greene") - William Byrd & David Munrow Recorder Consort (4:50)
  9. 9 Sic semper soleo - Antony Holborne & David Munrow Recorder Consort (1:28)
  10. 10 Work(s): [Unspecified] Pavan - Antony Holborne & David Munrow Recorder Consort (3:17)
  11. 11 Work(s): [Unspecified] Galliard - Antony Holborne & David Munrow Recorder Consort (1:13)
  12. 12 The Choise, almain - Antony Holborne & David Munrow Recorder Consort (2:00)
  13. 13 Muy Linda for viol consort - Antony Holborne & David Munrow Recorder Consort (1:20)
  14. 14 Sonata for 7 flutes - Johann Heinrich Schmelzer & Oliver Brookes (3:29)
  15. 15 Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D/F, Z. 731 - Henry Purcell & Oliver Brookes (5:57)
  16. 16–18 Concerto in tromba marina, for 2 violins, 2 recorders, 2 mandolins, 2 chalumeaux, 2 theorbos, cello, strings & continuo in C, RV 558 - Antonio Vivaldi & Early Music Consort of London (8:03)
  17. 19–21 Concerto for flute/recorder, strings & continuo, No.2 in D major, "For Sixth Flute" - John Baston & Early Music Consort of London (5:59)
  18. 20 Acis and Galatea, oratorio, HWV 49: O ruddier that the cherry - George Frideric Handel & Early Music Consort of London (3:07)
  19. 21 Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Schafe können sicher weiden - Johann Sebastian Bach & Norma Burrowes (4:38)
  20. 22 Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina - Johann Sebastian Bach & Early Music Consort of London (2:33)
  21. 23 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Esurientes - Johann Sebastian Bach & James Bowman (3:16)
  22. 24 Under the Greenwood Tree - Thomas Arne & Early Music Consort of London (2:14)
  23. 25 La Muséte de Choisi, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 15e ordre) - François Couperin & Christopher Hogwood (3:05)
  24. 26 La Muséte de Taverni, for harpsichord (Pieèces de clavecin, III, 15e ordre) - François Couperin & Christopher Hogwood (2:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scherzo, for recorder quartet - Benjamin Britten & David Munrow Recorder Consort (2:05)
  2. 2–4 Trio for recorders - Paul Hindemith & David Munrow Recorder Consort (8:33)
  3. 3 The White-Throated Warbler, for recorder & harpsichord - Nigel Butterley & Christopher Hogwood (2:32)
  4. 4 Recorder Music, for recorder & tape - Peter Dickinson & David Munrow (13:17)
  5. 5 Saltarellos 1-4 (GB-LBl Add.29987) - Anonymous, Italian & Early Music Consort of London (1:56)
  6. 6 Shepherd's Tune - Syrian Traditional & David Munrow (1:01)
  7. 7 Saltarellos 1-4 (GB-LBl Add.29987) - Anonymous, Italian & David Munrow (1:12)
  8. 8 Dame, se vous m'estés lointeinne, ballade for voice - Guillaume de Machaut & David Munrow (2:01)
  9. 9 Au tans d'aost, pastourelle (from Chansonnier Cangé) - Anonymous, French & Early Music Consort of London (1:07)
  10. 10 A prisai qu'en chantant plour, chanson (from the Chansonnier Cangé) - Anonymous, French & John Turner (1:13)
  11. 11 Owe daz nach liebe ergat - Der Wilde Alexander & Early Music Consort of London (1:33)
  12. 12 Du tres douz non a la Virge Marie (chanson Mariale) - Thibault IV, King of Navarre & David Munrow (1:56)
  13. 13 Gracïeusette, virelai - Jehannot de l'Escurel (1:21)
  14. 14 Ben volgra, s'esser poges, dansa - Guiraut d'Espanha de Toloza (1:13)
  15. 15 English Te Deum - Anonymous, English & Early Music Consort of London (1:55)
  16. 16 Quant je voi yver - Colin Muset & David Munrow (1:33)
  17. 17 Ay schonsolata ed moroso, madrigal - Vincenzo da Rimini & Oliver Brookes (1:43)
  18. 18 Estampie from the Robertsbridge fragment - Anonymous, English & Christopher Hogwood (2:23)
  19. 19 Jolivité et bone amor, chanson - Jehan d'Esquiri & Christopher Hogwood (1:40)
  20. 20 Ellend du hast umbfangen mich - Conrad Paumann & Christopher Hogwood (2:18)
  21. 21 Untarn slaf tut den sumer wol, fanfare - Mönch von Salzburg (Herrmann) & Michael Laird (1:02)
  22. 22 Gloria ad modum tubae, for 4 voices - Guillaume Dufay & Early Music Consort of London (1:19)
  23. 23 De moi doleros vos chant - Gillebert de Berneville & Alan Lumsden (0:37)
  24. 24 Das Nachthorn - Mönch von Salzburg (Herrmann) & Early Music Consort of London (0:56)
  25. 25 Maria muoter reinû maît, geisslerlied - Anonymous, German & Alan Lumsden (0:55)
  26. 26 Dy trumpet, D15 - Mönch von Salzburg (Herrmann) & Early Music Consort of London (1:07)
  27. 27 Qui porroit un guierredon, lai (from Chansonnier Cangé) - Anonymous, French (1:12)
  28. 28 Dance tune (attrib.) - Tassin & Christopher Hogwood (1:02)
  29. 29 O Roma nobilis, goliard melody - Anonymous & Eleanor Sloan (0:50)
  30. 30 Nobilis humilis, hym to St. Magnus (Orkney Isles) - Scottish Traditional & Gillian Reid (1:01)
  31. 31 Tanto soavemente, madrigal for 2 voices - Jacopo da Bologna & David Corkhill (1:57)
  32. 32 Di novo è giunto un chavalier errante, madrigal for 2 voices - Jacopo da Bologna & Oliver Brookes (2:14)
  33. 33 Amours que porra, chanson - Thibaut de Blason & James Tyler (1:23)
  34. 34 Cantiga de Santa María 249, Aquel que de voontade Santa María servir - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & James Tyler (1:16)
  35. 35 Quant je sui mis su retour, virelai for voice - Guillaume de Machaut & Mary Remnant (1:01)
  36. 36 English Dance (13th century) - Anonymous, English & James Tyler (1:46)
  37. 37 La Septime Estampie Real - Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi & Early Music Consort of London (1:07)
  38. 38 Po' che da te mi convien, ballata for 2 voices, S. 16 - Francesco Landini & Christopher Hogwood (1:25)
  39. 39 Comment qu'a moy lonteinne, virelai for voice - Guillaume de Machaut & Oliver Brookes (1:35)
  40. 40 Quant ie le voi / Bon vin doit / cis chans veult boire, motet - Roman de Fauvel & Early Music Consort of London (1:03)
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