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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B004I65D8G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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King James was paranoid, neurotic, suspicious and an immensely jealous man. Anyone at Court who had individuality, a certain 'swagger' and self-assuredness was a sure target of his unsure outlook. Such a one was the Earl of Devonshire, Charles Blount along with his beautiful Penelope - a very striking pair but who became the brunt of much ugly gossip and malignant whispering, generating from the King himself and perpetuated by his immediate self-serving courtiers. In this poisoned atmosphere, Blount died unexpectedly, after a brief illness - leaving Penelope alone with the vile rumours rife. The song-cycle Funeral Teares, the very first in the English language, was created to assuage her grief and a sincere attempt to lay to rest some of that gossip. John Coprario's sets for two violins and bass viol duets are the product of his association with the English court in the 1620s. From about 1622 there was a group of musicians called 'Coperario's Musick', patronised by Prince, and after 1625, King Charles. It is likely that the Consort Music of this recording was written for this group of players. This is early music at its most intimate and the listener cannot help be drawn in as the exquisite viol consorts maintain that thoughtful meditation as four centuries of passing time fall away. This is the L'Oiseau-Lyre recording's first release on CD. 'an extraordinary work' . 'proceeds through an impassioned elegiac rhetoric quite individual in the English writing of the period. It is this spirit which is caught so well on this recording, by an ensemble who have become justly regarded for their mastery of the intimate and passionate style, its accents and spirit of declamation. Gramophone

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Gold on June 6, 2012
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Giovanni (John) Coprario was a pillar of the British baroque (yes, there was one, and he was indeed British, not Italian). So it fills a gap that Decca has decided to re-release on cd this excellent disc and its companion volume, both recorded in the late l970's by Anthony Rooley and his Consort of Musicke.

Funeral Teares, on this disc, was the very first song cycle in the English language, and a nice piece of work it is -- the catch being that Coprario's style of vocal writing is very similar to that of his almost-exact contemporary, John Dowland, and Dowland wins the competition hands down. Perhaps Coprario could benefit from an interpreter with a bit more warmth to the voice than the detached, vibratoless Emma Kirkby, who sings the cycle (with an assist in the last song from countertenor John York Skinner). But just compare the very nice setting here of "In Darkness Let Me Dwell" to Dowland's heartwrenching version, and you know what I mean.

The real reason to acquire this disc is the irresistible suite of instrumental Consort Music that fills more than half of it. Coprario was a master of this form, and I know of no one who beats him at it. The sound of this particular suite is weighted toward the bass viols and deliciously bolstered by the baroque organ that was Coprario's own instrument and a characteristic of his consort style. Kudos to Rooley, et. al.
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