Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This charming collection Renaissance songs and dance tunes followed on the heels of a similar collection of Scottish music from the same period (On the Banks of Helicon), and was itself followed some years later by The Mad Buckgoat, which focused on early music in Ireland. Of the three albums, the Scottish one is the best, but Watkins Ale is a close second. The program draws on material both familiar ("There Were Three Ravens," "Green Sleeves") and obscure, and juxtaposes melancholy consort music by John Dowland and Thomas Morley with dances and bawdy tunes. The playing of the Baltimore Consort is exquisite, as always, with special recognition due to flutist Chris Norman ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This charming collection Renaissance songs and dance tunes followed on the heels of a similar collection of Scottish music from the same period (On the Banks of Helicon), and was itself followed some years later by The Mad Buckgoat, which focused on early music in Ireland. Of the three albums, the Scottish one is the best, but Watkins Ale is a close second. The program draws on material both familiar ("There Were Three Ravens," "Green Sleeves") and obscure, and juxtaposes melancholy consort music by John Dowland and Thomas Morley with dances and bawdy tunes. The playing of the Baltimore Consort is exquisite, as always, with special recognition due to flutist Chris Norman and gamba player Mary Anne Ballard. While they spend most of their time playing gently and elegantly, this is a group that also knows how to rock out when the music calls for it. The music calls for it a bit less frequently on Watkins Ale than it did on Banks of Helicon, but the program includes a nicely varied array of moods and textures. Highly recommended.
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  • Release Date: 5/22/1992
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479014221
  • Catalog Number: 90142

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Bouffons (The Buffens), branle for 5 parts (Tiers livre de danceries) - Jean d' Estrée & Mary Anne Ballard (1:46)
  2. 2 Nuttmigs and Ginger, for consort - Anonymous & Mary Anne Ballard (3:11)
  3. 3 Green Garters - John Johnson & Mary Anne Ballard (2:51)
  4. 4 There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble - Thomas Ravenscroft & Thomas Ravenscroft (7:47)
  5. 5 Howell's Delight, for consort - Anonymous & Mary Anne Ballard (1:18)
  6. 6 Goe from My Window for consort - Richard Alison & Mary Anne Ballard (4:05)
  7. 7 Greensleeves for consort - John Johnson & Mary Anne Ballard (5:14)
  8. 8 La sampogna, fantasia for instrumental consort - Thomas Morley & Mary Anne Ballard (2:03)
  9. 9 Unto the Prophet Jonas I Read, for consort - Anonymous & Mary Anne Ballard (6:07)
  10. 10 The Carman's Whistle, air & variations for keyboard, MB 36 - William Byrd & Mary Anne Ballard (4:53)
  11. 11 Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Mary Anne Ballard (1:26)
  12. 12 Lachrimae Pavan, for keyboard or lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Mary Anne Ballard (4:57)
  13. 13 Quadro Pavin, for consort - Richard Alison & Mary Anne Ballard (2:18)
  14. 14 Singers Jig, for consort - Anonymous & Mary Anne Ballard (0:26)
  15. 15 Grimstock - English Traditional & Mary Anne Ballard (2:35)
  16. 16 De la Tromba Pavan for consort - Richard Alison & Mary Anne Ballard (3:27)
  17. 17 The Jew's Dance, for lute & recorder (from Thomas Morley's "The First Booke of Consort Lessons") - Richard Nicholson & Mary Anne Ballard (1:41)
  18. 18 Pavane Quadro & Galliard, for consort - Anonymous & Mary Anne Ballard (2:41)
  19. 19 Joyne Hands, for consort of instruments (from "The First Booke of Consort Lessons") - Thomas Morley & Mary Anne Ballard (1:41)
  20. 20 Watkin's Ale, song - Anonymous, English & Mary Anne Ballard (7:05)
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