[Milton-L] Renaissance music--recs?

Zackariah Long zclong at owu.edu
Mon Apr 4 23:33:00 EDT 2011


Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful suggestions. I now have my work, or
rather my pleasure, cut out for me.

Best,
Zack



On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 1:50 PM, Jameela Lares <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu> wrote:

> Of interest might also be Selwyn College Cambridge's recording, "A Candle
> to the Glorious Sun: Sacred Songs by John Milton [Sr.] and Martin Peerson,"
> on the Regent label.
>
> Jameela Lares
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> From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [
> milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Ryan Paul [
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> Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2011 11:51 AM
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> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Renaissance music--recs?
>
> Zack, et al:
>
> About a year ago, someone asked this question on the community weblog
> metafilter.com<http://metafilter.com>. A number of good suggestions about
> composers, performers, and online resources:
>
> http://ask.metafilter.com/150032/Yee-Olde-Musick-Shoppe
>
> Best,
> Ryan Singh Paul
>
> On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM, Hannibal Hamlin <
> hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com<mailto:hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com>> wrote:
> A HUGE question, but I'll bite. Here are some particularly imaginative
> recordings, of special interest to those who study Renaissance literature
> and culture:
>
> Bara Faustus' Dream: Mr Francis Tregian his Choice. By Les Witches. Lute
> songs and instrumental music inspired (i.e., for Les Witches) by the
> recusant Francis Tregian and the fabulous Unton Memorial at the National
> Portrait Gallery. The concept doesn't take you very far, but it's good
> music.
>
> My Lady Riche. Emily van Evera and Christopher Morrongiello. Really a
> brilliant album. Apart from having great music (Dowland, Byrd, Coprario and
> others), it's like a musico-cultural biography of Penelope Devereux. Full of
> surprises.
>
> Celestiall Witchcraft: The Private Music of Henry and Charles, Princes of
> Wales. Fretwork. Great early 17th c. music from this court within the court.
> Of both musical and historical interest.
>
> 1605: Treason & Discord: William Byrd and the Gunpowder Plot. The Kings'
> Singers. Slightly weird but intriguing gathering of materials around the
> Plot. The actual historical connections between music and event are slim to
> none, but there's some fabuluous music here, especially by Byrd (of course a
> recusant). His Mass for 4 his Civitas sancti especially (the latter one of
> the very greatest of Renaissance motets).
> The King's Singers Renaissance recordings are all worth having, at least
> the more recent ones. The group that's been active for the last decade or so
> is one of the best vocal ensembles ever. They have a recording of The
> Triumphs of Oriana (tedious to listen to all through, but an important
> collection), The English Renaissance (Tallis and Byrd), and more.
>
> Buy anything by the Huelgas Ensemble -- they're brilliant and also
> imaginative in their programming. For early Tudor music, the Sixteen have
> recorded everything in the Eton Choirbooks. The Tallis Scholars are solid
> and reliable, if a little uninspired sometimes. The Hilliard Ensemble did
> some great recordings (Dunstable, Byrd, Josquin) back in the 80s, but I
> don't know how many are still available. I wouldn't stretch back too far,
> since the quality of early music performance has improved significantly over
> the decades. The Deller Consort has a quaint historical interest, for
> example, but they're painful to listen to now. The one exception I'd make is
> David Munrow, whose ensemble made some fabulous and ground-breaking
> recordings quite a ways back -- boxed sets of The Music of the Netherlands,
> Early Instruments, and another of Machaut and Dufay. There's loads and loads
> of other ensemble music, especially sacred. The Orlando Consort are very
> good, The Byrd Edition by The Cardin!
>  al's Music is superb, and Byrd is really the greatest composer of the
> English Renaissance, and one of the greatest period -- despite the fact that
> Anthony Tommasini didn't include him in his silly NYT list! New York's
> Lionheart also has an excellent recording of Tudor music: My Fayre Ladye.
> Many of the church and college choirs also do excellent recordings:
> Winchester Cathedral, King's College, St. John's College, St. Paul's, etc.
>
> There are tons of lute song recordings. The best countertenor going is the
> German Andreas Scholl, who is in a class by himself. Others who've done
> Dowland, Campion, et al well are Rufus Mueller, Ian Partridge, and Emma
> Kirkby (a very limited singer, despite having dominated the early music
> scene in its early days, but she does lute songs well).
>
> There are some interesting recordings of Renaissance popular music: How the
> World Wags: Social Music for a Seventeenth Century Englishman, by The City
> Waites, and Johnny, Cock Thy Beaver, by The Dufay Collective.
> Cheers,
>
> Hannibal
>
>
> On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM, Zackariah Long <zclong at owu.edu<mailto:
> zclong at owu.edu>> wrote:
> Hi, there, fellow Miltonists,
>
> This is slightly tangential to the purpose of this list, but if pressed I
> suppose I could say I was working on "At a Solemn Music" or was interested
> in Milton's father:
>
> Recently I have become interested in listening to Renaissance music and was
> wondering if anyone had recommendations of nice places to start in the way
> of CDs or boxed sets. I started where I am most comfortable, with
> Shakespeare and Elizabethan music--of which there seems to be an abundance
> of easily available collections--but would be interested in ranging further
> abroad within the England or on the Continent. Any favorite sets or
> sites/labels to check out?
>
> With much appreciation,
> Zack
>
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