La Rocque 'N' Roll: Popular Music of Renaissance France

La Rocque 'N' Roll: Popular Music of Renaissance France

by Baltimore Consort


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La Rocque 'N' Roll: Popular Music of Renaissance France

Anyone with a taste for Renaissance French music will surely enjoy Baltimore Consort's wide ranging collection La Rocque 'N' Roll. From the lilting flute of "Branle Double" to the lucid vocals on "Mignonne, Allons Voir Si La Rose" to the soulful violin on "Gaillarde D' Escosse," each of the 26 selections is performed with care, skill, and grace. Baltimore Consort is well known for the excellence of their performances, and this album certainly upholds their tradition of clarity and quality.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/1993
Label: Dorian Recordings
UPC: 0053479017727
catalogNumber: 90177
Rank: 103267

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baltimore Consort   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Mary Anne Ballard   Rebec,Viol
Ronn McFarlane   Lute
Mark Cudek   Guitar,Lute,Recorder,Viol,Cittern,Crumhorn,Renaissance Guitar
Larry Lipkis   Recorder,Viol,Crumhorn
Custer LaRue   Soprano,Soprano Saxophone,Soprano (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Michael Praetorius   Composer
Pierre Attaingnant   Composer
Craig D. Dory   Engineer
Brian C. Peters   Engineer
Lawrence Rosenwald   translation
Pierre de Ronsard   Lyricist
Mary Anne Ballard   Liner Notes
Ronn McFarlane   Producer
David H. Walters   Engineer
Douglas Brown   Producer,Engineer
Brian M. Levine   Executive Producer
Eustache du Caurroy   Composer
David H. Walters   Engineer
Clement Marot   Lyricist

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La Rocque 'N' Roll: Popular Music of Renaissance France 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The jaunty, whimsical tone of this CD is set by the opening bars of the first piece, ¿J¿ai vu le loup,¿ which starts out with one of the musicians shouting ¿Un! Dieux!¿ Many subtle parallels are drawn between the secular music of Renaissance France and popular music of today. ¿The appeal of performing `popular¿ repertory lies in the opportunity it provides for creative expression,¿ explains the insert booklet. ¿All of the song and dance arrangements on this CD are the creation of the members of the Baltimore Consort, who sometimes only have an unharmonized melody to start with¿¿ What they may lack in specific direction from the long-dead song writers, they more than make up for with catchy arrangements and spirited improvisations. Soprano Custer LaRue sings her sultry French lyrics with relish and gusto, and the addition of reedy crumhorns and bagpipes played by Chris Norman and Mark Cudek adds to the provincial French flavor. The fun of the music is echoed in the CD¿s amusing packaging: The album cover, somewhat reminiscent of the Beatles¿ "Abbey Road", features the ensemble members walking along in single file, with their viol and lute cases in hand. Other interior pictures of the group poke fun at other rock and folk imagery, including one shot of a gentleman in shades licking the neck of his bass viol. Not exactly the norm for early music releases, but refreshing for just that reason. Rocque on!