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DANCE MUSIC OF THE RENAISSANCE & BAROQUE - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Accademia Monteverdiana, Jaye Consort

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  1. Anonymous: Staines Morris Dance - Jaye Consort
  2. Attaignant: Gagliarda "Belfiore" - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  3. Arbeau: Pavane "Belle qui tiens ma vie" - Canzona Ensemble
  4. Haussmann: German Dance II - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  5. Brade: Coranto - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  6. Pesenti: Gagliardi XI - Accademia Trio
  7. Dalza: Pavana all Ferrarese - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  8. Gervaise: Pavana & Galliarde de l'Angleterre - Canzona Ensemble
  9. Locke: Air - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  10. Gervaise: Basse Danse - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  11. Frescobaldi: Balleto e Corrente - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  12. Presenti: Balleto IV - Accademia Trio
  13. Anonymous: Heartsease - Trevor Williams, violin
  14. Gervaise: Basse Danse "La Volunte" - Canzona Ensemble
  15. Grevaise: Bransle - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  16. Anonymous: Watkins Ale - Jaye Consort
  17. Pesenti: Gagliarda X - Accademia Trio
  18. Holbourne: The Honiesuckle - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  19. Byrd: Gagliarda - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  20. Anonymous: Saltarello - Francis Baynes, bagpipes
  21. Anonymous: La Traditore - Jaye Consort
  22. Blow: Saraband - Harold Lester, harpischord
  23. Nau: Ballet Music - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  24. Haussmann: German Dance I - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  25. Ammerbach: Passamezzo - La Ripresa; Gagliarad - Canzona Ensemble
  26. Anonymous: Tickle My Toe - Jaye Consort
  27. Pesenti: Corrente XVI - Accademia Trio
  28. Purcell: Hornpipe - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  29. Peerson: Alman - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  30. Frescobaldi: Corrente III - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  31. de la Torre: Alta - Canzona Ensemble
  32. Purcell: Quick Dance - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  33. Susato: Pavane & Galliarde "La Battaile" - Canzona Ensemble
  34. Gesualdo: Gagliarda - Jaye Consort
  35. Blow: Jigg - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  36. Pesenti: Gagliarda XXV - Accademia Trio
  37. Locke: Courente - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  38. Couperin: Allemande - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  39. Byrd: Pavan and Galliard - Jaye Consort
  40. Locke - Allemande II - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  41. Pesenti: Corrente I - Accademia Trio
  42. Anonymous: Saltarello - Jaye Consort
  43. Frescobaldi: Corrente I - Harold Lester, harpsichor
  44. Gervaise: Allemande - Canzona Ensemble
  45. Brade: Alman - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  46. Locke: Saraband - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  47. Frescobaldi: Corrente II - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  48. Tomkins: Pavan - Jaye Consort
  49. Pesenti: Balletto V - Accademia Trio
  50. Holborne: Galliard - Desmond duPre, lute
  51. Brade: Galliard - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  52. Frescobaldi: Corrente IV - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  53. Susato: Bass Danse "Sans Roch" - Canzona Ensemble
  54. Haussmann: German Dance III - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  55. Bassano: Galliard - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  56. Anonymous: A la mode de France & Nonesuch - Francis Baynes, hurdy-gurdy
  57. Peerson: Piper's Pavan - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  58. Scheidt: Pavana - Canzona Ensemble
  59. Farrabasco: Pavan "Dovehouse" - Canzona Ensemble
  60. Holbourne: Galliard - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  61. Pesenti: Gagliarda II - Accademia Trio
  62. Anonymous: Coranto - Jaye Consort
  63. Aston: Hornpipe - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  64. Gervaise: Pavane & Galliarde - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  65. Anonymous: Istampita "Ghaeta" - Jaye Consort
  66. Attaignant: Gagliarda - Harold Lester, harpsichord
  67. Purcell: Slow Air - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  68. Locke: Allemande I - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
  69. Pesenti: Gagliarda VI - Accademia Trio
  70. Holborne: Galliard - Canzona Ensemble
  71. Phalese: Passamezzo - Jaye Consort
  72. Gervaise: Tourdion - Accademia Monteverdiana String Orchestra
  73. Holborne: The Wanton - Philip Jones Brass Ensemble


 

EXPLORING MUSIC: DOING THE RENAISSANCE HOP

DOING THE RENAISSANCE HOP by David White

My first impressions in restoring this collection was that I had somehow been locked in the lobby of a Medieval Times amusement park, and I had no way out. Quite fortunately for me, this was a temporary issue - in fact, it lasted only about 3 minutes, because the first track on the recording only lasts about 3 minutes. There’s nothing wrong with the first track, but if you think you might be allergic to music that makes people dance like they are in a Shakespeare play - as if ANYONE knows what it’s like to dance in “Twelfth Night”. (Let’s face it, we’re all just guessing, it’s just that some guesses, like some dancers are just MUCH better than others.) 

 

But ZOUNDS! be not worried, fair listener - for this collection features not only the joyous sounds of the peasants making merry around the May Pole! This collection is actually a superlative and well executed concert, conceived by the indefatigable Denis Stevens. So there’s not just the swirling flute and the drumming. Stevens has concocted what he calls “An Entertainment”. And an entertainment it is.

 

While it might not entirely be digestible in one setting - with 73 tracks it certainly would be like eating an entire box of cookies - but it was originally split over 3 LPs, with approximately 25 tracks on each LP, that gives you about 35-40 minutes of a diverse collection of music written in England for the dance, during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

 

Stevens assembled the best of England’s “early music” performers for this collection and his very clever idea is to vary up the music, so you very much DO NOT feel like you are trapped at a bad Renaissance faire. The Canzona Ensemble takes the moments driven by the wind instruments like the flutes and bagpipes, Harold Lester performs harpsichord interludes which remind us of his considerable talent, The Jaye Consort brings us delightful string-driven interludes, including a wild hurdy-gurdy solo and even a bagpipe moment (not strings, but I guess someone had to add a bagpipe).


The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble adds generally pithy commentary - their tracks are short and will leave you wanting a bit more. And the Accademia Monteverdiana appears as a large string orchestra and in trio form.

 

Highly, highly recommended to all!

OUR REVIEW

This recording is LOTS of fun. You might go insane if you attempt to listen to it all at once - it is 2 hours and 35 minutes long, and none of the tracks are over 3 minutes. However, taken in the correct dosage, there's much to enjoy. You MIGHT end up dancing, you might just enjoy listening. --David White

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