• ELQ4822562 Katalognummer
  • 028948225620 EAN
  • CD Format

Purcell Consort of Voices

Tyler, James (lute) |  Neville, John (reader) | Burgess, Grayston (director)

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THE TUDORS - Lo, Country Sports
Elizabethan Life in Music, Song and Poetry

TOMKINS: Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers
WEELKES: Lo, country sports that seldom fades
BRETON: Shepherd and Shepherdess
EAST: Sweet muses, nymphs and shepherds sporting
YOUNG: The shepherd, Arsilius’s, repl
FARMER: O stay, sweet love
FARNABY: Pearce did love fair Petronel
CAVENDISH: Down in a valley
NASHE: Spring, the sweet Spring
EAST: Thyrsis, sleepest thou?
RAVENSCROFT: Sing after, fellows
WEELKES: Whilst youthful sports are lasting
BATESON: Come, follow me, fair nymphs
LODGE: Corydon’s Song
VAUTOR: Mother I will have a husband
CAMPION: Jack and Joan
BENNET: The hunt is up
RAVENSCROFT: Tomorrow the fox will come to town
FARNABY: Pearce did dance with Petronella
WEELKES: Our country swains in the Morris Dance
BOLTON: A Canzon Pastora
EAST: Farewell, sweet woods and mountains


Another joyous anthology of verse and music from the expert, London-based ensembles of voices and viols who have already contributed several valuable reissues to ‘The Tudors’ series on Eloquence. ‘Lo, Country Sports’ takes its title from the madrigal by Thomas Weelkes, complemented by the pastoral poetry of Thomas Nashe and Edmund Bolton, among others. It was released by Argo in 1970 as part of a comprehensive series of ‘Elizabethan Life in Music, Song and Poetry’. When making this LP, Grayston Burgess and the Purcell Consort of Voices employed the rustic accents that made a radical departure at the time from polite, sacred-style diction in this music. Indeed the secular music of composers such as Thomas Ravenscroft is still little known and even less recorded, which makes this first international CD issue all the more welcome. In its revival of English nymphs and shepherds from the high Elizabethan era, this carefully planned album is more exuberant in tone than ‘I Love, alas’ (newly reissued on Eloquence 482 2570). However, there are small masterpieces such as Farewell, sweet woods and mountains by Michael East, and almains of plaintive character played both on solo lute and by the Elizabethan Consort of Viols. The poetry is read by John Neville, who attained international fame through his starring role in Terry Gilliam’s epic The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.


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