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Lawes: Royall Consort Suites Vol. 2

W. Lawes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asv Living Era/Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000030OQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Royall Consort No.2 in d: Paven
2. Royall Consort No.2 in d: Aire
3. Royall Consort No.2 in d: Aire
4. Royall Consort No.2 in d: Galliard
5. Royall Consort No.2 in d: Corant
6. Royall Consort No.2 in d: Sarabande
7. Royall Consort No.8 in C: Pavan
8. Royall Consort No.8 in C: Ayre
9. Royall Consort No.8 in C: Almain
10. Royall Consort No.8 in C: Corant 1
11. Royall Consort No.8 in C: Corant 2
12. Royall Consort No.8 in C: Saraband
13. Royall Consort No.10 in B flat: Pavan
14. Royall Consort No.10 in B flat: Almain
15. Royall Consort No.10 in B flat: Corant
16. Royall Consort No.10 in B flat: Allmain 2
17. Royall Consort No.10 in B flat: Corant 2
18. Royall Consort No.10 in B flat: Saraband
19. Royall Consort No.5 in D: Aire
20. Royall Consort No.5 in D: Aire
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5.0 out of 5 stars The preferred recording April 29, 2013
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Since ASV is now defunct (though some of its titles are being reissued on other labels), grab this while you can. Of the three complete recordings of the Royall Consort suites ever made, this takes first place. The recent recording by Les Voix Humaines is also very good, but I prefer the more silvery tone of this ensemble. Both are much superior to the disappointing set by the otherwise estimable Purcell Quartet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't You Have Been a Royalist ... February 6, 2012
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... in the English Civil Wars, given that the Puritans had a grudge against Music?

William Lawes was a Royalist, as were the majority of English composers of the era. Lawes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1602. He was the son of Thomas Lawes, a vicar choral at Salisbury Cathedral, and brother to Henry Lawes, a very successful composer of vocal music while William wrote chiefly instrumental works. William's patron, the Earl of Hertford, apprenticed him to the composer John Coprario, which probably brought Lawes into contact with Charles, Prince of Wales at an early age. Both William and his elder brother Henry received court appointments after Charles succeeded to the British throne as Charles I. William was appointed as 'musician in ordinary for lutes and voices' in 1635. Lawes spent all his adult life in Charles's employ. He composed secular music and songs for court masques as well as sacred anthems and motets for Charles's private worship. He is most remembered today for his viol consort suites for between three and six players and his lyra viol music. His use of counterpoint and his tendency to juxtapose bizarre themes next to pastoral ones in these works cast them into disfavor soon after his death. When Charles's dispute with Parliament led to the outbreak of the Civil War, Lawes joined the Royalist army and was given a post in the King's Life Guards, which was intended to keep him out of danger. Despite this, he was shot by a Parliamentarian in the rout of the Royalists at Rowton Heath on 24 September 1645. Although the King was in mourning for his kinsman Bernard Stuart, killed in the same defeat, he instituted a special mourning for Lawes, honoring him with the title of 'Father of Musick'. Charles survived his loyal composer by a mere four years.
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