Gut Wind and Fire

Gut Wind and Fire

by Baltimore Consort

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Overview

Gut Wind and Fire

In case you couldn't tell from the title of this album, the Baltimore Consort is strongly in the "early music can be fun" camp. (An earlier album is called La Rocque 'n' Roll.) The fact that the group's performance practice is based on impeccable scholarship and the performers are masterful singers and instrumentalists makes them an ensemble that should appeal to purists as well as newcomers to early music. This collection of instrumental music is primarily compiled from eight of their previous CDs, with a few new tracks added, and is described as an overview of its repertoire from its founding in the early '80s to 2007. This is a particularly nice introduction to music of this era (loosely circumscribed as the time of Shakespeare) and the instruments on which it's played because the program notes include fascinating, brief, non-technical essays on the various instruments. In keeping with the spirit of the album's title, the Baltimore plays these dances, airs, and song arrangements, some of them folk tunes and some notated pieces, with infectious glee and high spirits. The rambunctious playfulness never slides into sloppiness or anything less than demonstrations of the finest musicianship. Dorian's sound is clean, warm, and intimate.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2007
Label: Dorian Recordings
UPC: 0053479060129
catalogNumber: 90601
Rank: 91196

Tracks

  1. Scotch Cap (The English Dancing Master, 1651)
  2. Gaillarde d'escosse (published by Pierre Phalèse, 16th cent.)
  3. Laroque Gaillarde
  4. Alemande de Liège
  5. Doun in yon bank
  6. The Canaries, for lute
  7. Canaries, for lute
  8. All in a Garden Green
  9. Parsons Farewell
  10. The Beggar Boy (from John Playford's English Dancing Master)
  11. John Come Kiss Me Now
  12. Newcastle
  13. Branle double
  14. Branle de Montirande
  15. Bransle de la Torche for 5 part instrumental ensemble (Terpsichore, 15)
  16. Lady Cassilles Lilt, traditional melody (a.k.a. Johnny Faa the Gypsy Laddie)
  17. The Chanter's Song
  18. O'Keefe's Slide, traditional melody
  19. Sixpenny Money, traditional melody
  20. Tenpenny Bit
  21. Clare Jig, traditional melody
  22. Sycamore, for lute, flute & bass
  23. Indigo Road, for lute
  24. My Lord of Oxenford's Mask (From Thomas Morley's "The First Booke of Consort Lessons")
  25. The Queen's Treble, for lute
  26. Bianco fiore (from Le gratie d'amore)
  27. La Catena d'amore (from Le gratie d'amore)
  28. So ben mi ch'ha bon tempo, aria for 4 voices
  29. Joyne Hands, for consort of instruments (from "The First Booke of Consort Lessons")
  30. Paven, for lute (from Thomas Wode's Partbooks)
  31. Work(s): Unspecified Galliard
  32. Green Garters
  33. Pentland Hills, for ensemble
  34. Whip my toudie, for lute
  35. Remember me at evening (Skene Mandora MS)
  36. A Scots Tune, for lute

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