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Kings Court & Celtic Fair


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Audio CD, March 26, 1996
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  • Performer: Giulio Caccini, Donald Macleod, Domenico Scarlatti, Henry Purcell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, et al.
  • Orchestra: Kurt Wortman
  • Composer: Tylman Susato, Anonymous, William Byrd, Michael Praetorius, Traditional
  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D0J
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Calum And The Princess Jig
2. Basse Danse Bergeret
3. 13th Century
4. Earle Of Oxford's Marche
5. Hamelin Gigue
6. Samhradh, Summertime
7. Amarilli Mia Bella
8. The Seagull Jig
9. La Mourisque
10. He-Ro-Hirum
11. He Moved Thro' The Fair
12. Sarabande
13. King Arthur Overture
14. Cumulous Sanctus
15. The Foxhunter Jig
16. Tambourin
17. Les Niais De Sologne
18. Amazing Grace
19. Bonus Track: Joy

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pentax_n_Proud on January 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love the Emprire Brass! However, this is the worst of their CDs that I own (and that number stands at nine). The previous review faulting the mixing is right on. The percussion was obviously recorded elsewhere and in no way blends in with the ensemble. Several pieces are percussion with Empire Brass serving as the accompaniment. The mix sounds like it was done by a High School percussionist. I love brass, but this CD will see little play by me. Too many discs by Empire Brass and other artists that are worth listening to over this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on July 16, 2014
Format: Audio CD
KINGS COURT AND CELTIC FAIR, (1996), is a two-in-one CD album release by the Empire Brass Quintet totaling slightly less than an hour's playing time. At the time of recording, the group's personnel were: Rolf Smedvig, solo trumpet; Jefrey Curnow, trumpet; Luis Garcia, horn; Darren Acosta, trombone and Kenneth Amis, tuba.

Its tracks are:

1. Calum And The Princess Jig
2. Basse Danse Bergerel
3. 13th Century
4. Earle Of Oxford's Marche
5. Hamelin Gigue
6. Samhradh, Summertime
7. Amarilli Mia Bella
8. The Seagull Jig
9. La Mourisque
10. He-Ro-Hirum
11. He Moved Thro' The Fair
12. Sarabande
13. King Arthur Overture
14. Cumulous Sanctus
15. The Foxhunter Jig
16. Tambourin
17. Les Niais De Sologne
18. Amazing Grace
19. Bonus Track: Joy

The Kings Court material consists of ancient music for the nobility. The Hamelin Gigue is a lively arrangement by trumpeter Rolf Smedvig of Praetorius's 16th century dance tune, with its infectious rhythms. "Amazing Grace, "a song of unearthly beauty, is, of course, a widely-loved tune, given us here among the Celtic material, as it is associated with Scotland in the popular mind, although it was written by a 19th century Englishman. The 4-minute bonus track, "Joy," is adapted from the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, whose text is a setting of the "Ode to Joy" by Friedrich Schiller.

I bought this CD at a local, Wilmington, North Carolina concert by this group, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was not really familiar with their work at the time, and was simply choosing an album to get autographed. Familiarity with this album, however, has led me to agree with the many reviewers who have said that it has an odd muddy sound. It's a disappointment; wish I'd chosen another.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Scott on July 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The audio mixing engineer did a terrible job on this one. The drummer sounds like he was placed in a large empty hall with the microphone 2 inches away. His rat-a-tat completely overwhelms the music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've owned this recording for years. My family and I absolutely love the lively renditions. Ignore the naysayers - sample this CD and you'll love it too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Neal on November 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Empire Brass Quintet's arrangements for trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba, are--if not exactly period--pleasingly creative, crossing cultural and temporal boundaries with natural ease. Adding zest to the recording is the outrageously lively and exotic percussion (both acoustic and electronic) of Kurt Wortman, as well as bagpipes, drums, vocals, violin, cello, recorder and guitar provided by a host of other guest artists. This music is not meant to be historically authentic, but just plain fun. And it is! I picked this up on impulse in a bookstore because of the whimsical cover art, and it turned out to be one of my favorite purchases in years. Give it a sampling and see for yourself!
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