WILLIAM LAWES: Complete Music for Solo Lyra Viol – Richard Boothby, lyra viol – HM 907625, 59:37 (6/10/16) ****: Elegant “musical recreations” from the Court of Charles I played on the most famous surviving contemporary instrument on loan from Royal College of Music. William Lawes was the principal court composer for Charles I, his official […]
JOHN DOWLAND: Lachrimae or Seven Tears – Phantasm – Linn multichannel SACD CKD 527, 57:00 (8-12-16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Phantasm just keep doing excellent recordings of early music. This new audiophile recording, featuring lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and Phantasm, directed by Laurence Dreyfus, takes listeners on a refreshingly varied Dowland soundscape in which sublime sadness, […]
“La Lira D’Esperia II: Galicia” = ALFONSO X O SABIO: Cantigas & Dances; ANONYMOUS: Cantos da terra – Jordi Savall, rebec, tenor viol, rebel morisco/ Pedro Estevan & David Mayoral, percussion – AliaVox
Terrific interpretations though the variety is somewhat monochrome.
GIBBONS: The Silver Swan: The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets (1612) – Claron McFadden & Aleksandra Anisimowicz, sopranos/ The Spirit of Gambo – Stockfisch
A sparkling rendition of one of Gibbons’s most important compositions.
A bit on the bright side sound-wise, but the brightness of the performances cannot be suppressed.
DIEGO ORTIZ: Recercadas del Tratado de Glosas (Roma 1553) – Jordi Savall, viola da gamba/ Ton Koopman, clavicembalo and organo di legno/ Andrew Lawrence-King, arpa doppia/ Rolf Lislevand, vihuela and guitare/ Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba/ Lorenz Duftschmid, violone – Alia Vox Heritage
This is expensive for a rerelease, but fans of Savall will most likely want it for its wonderful new surround sound.
Catalan musical masterpieces of the 15th century