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listen  1. SimphoniaEnsemble Masques 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: I. FantazieEnsemble Masques 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: II. PavanEnsemble Masques 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: III. AyreEnsemble Masques0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: IV. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: V. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: VI. JiggEnsemble Masques0:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: VII. AyreEnsemble Masques 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. For Several Friends: Suite In G Major-Minor: VIII. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. For Several Friends: Suite in G Major-minor: IX. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. For Several Friends: Suite in B-Flat Major: I. FantazieEnsemble Masques 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. For Several Friends: Suite in B-Flat Major: II. PavanEnsemble Masques 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. For Several Friends: Suite in B-Flat Major: III. AyreEnsemble Masques0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. For Several Friends: Suite in B-Flat Major: IV. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. For Several Friends: Suite in B-Flat Major: V. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. For Several Friends: Suite in B-Flat Major: VI. JiggEnsemble Masques 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Gallarde FaraboschoEnsemble Masques 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: I. FantazieEnsemble Masques 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: II. PavanEnsemble Masques 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: III. AyreEnsemble Masques0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: IV. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: V. AyreEnsemble Masques 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: VI. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Consort of Two Parts for Several Friends: Suite No. 3 in D Minor-major: VII. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. For Several Friends: Suite No. 4 in E Minor: I. PavanEnsemble Masques 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. For Several Friends: Suite No. 4 in E Minor: II. AlmandEnsemble Masques 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. For Several Friends: Suite No. 4 in E Minor: III. CouranteEnsemble Masques 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. For Several Friends: Suite No. 4 in E Minor: IV. AyreEnsemble Masques 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. For Several Friends: Suite No. 4 in E Minor: V. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. For Several Friends: Suite No. 4 in E Minor: VI. JiggEnsemble Masques0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. La PertenisseEnsemble Masques0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: I. FantazieEnsemble Masques 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: II. PavanEnsemble Masques 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: III. AyreEnsemble Masques 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: IV. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen36. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: V. AlmandeEnsemble Masques 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen37. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: VI. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen38. For Several Friends: Suite in F Major: VII. JiggEnsemble Masques 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen39. For Several Friends: I. PavanEnsemble Masques 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen40. For Several Friends: II. AyreEnsemble Masques0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen41. For Several Friends: III. [Courante]Ensemble Masques0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen42. For Several Friends: IV. FantazieEnsemble Masques0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen43. For Several Friends: V. AyreEnsemble Masques0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen44. For Several Friends: VI. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen45. For Several Friends: VII. JiggEnsemble Masques0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen46. Almande MascheraEnsemble Masques 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen47. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: I. FantazieEnsemble Masques 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen48. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: II. PavanEnsemble Masques 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen49. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: III. AyreEnsemble Masques 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen50. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: IV. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen51. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: V. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen52. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: VI. AyreEnsemble Masques 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen53. For Several Friends: Suite in C Minor-major: VII. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen54. For Several Friends: Suite In C Minor-Major: VIII. SarabandeEnsemble Masques 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen55. For Several Friends: Suite in D Minor: I. PavanEnsemble Masques 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen56. For Several Friends: Suite in D Minor: II. AyreEnsemble Masques0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen57. For Several Friends: Suite in D Minor: III. CouranteEnsemble Masques0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen58. For Several Friends: Suite in D Minor: IV. SarabandeEnsemble Masques0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen59. ModulatioEnsemble Masques 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Masques
  • Composer: Matthew Locke
  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • ASIN: B00005OADB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grant Colburn on November 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I just wanted to take a moment to voice a different opinion than the other person who reviewed both this CD and the composer himself, Matthew Locke. Matthew Locke is a unique, original and great composer. The previous viewer is under the opinion that "the music itself is where this loses out. There is not enough range and variety in these pieces, so though each one is good, all of them together become a bit much. There is a reason Matthew Locke is a relatively unknown composer."

The previous reviewer needs to keep in mind that what he is listening to are "Locke's Consorts in Two Parts," not Matthew Locke's greatest hits. Locke wrote a great variety of music from harpsichord pieces, to anthems to large scale vocal and orchestral works, to pieces like these. Obviously all these pieces sound similar, they are all Consorts in Two Parts, after all! This should in no way be something to hold against Locke as a composer. Matthew Locke is a very important predecessor to Henry Purcell and still holds his own with his own unique chromatic and angular style of baroque music. Definitely someone worth checking out...
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This recording was made in 2001, and there is no competition for this particular repertory: there is no other recording of the complete Consorts in Two Parts (For Several Friends). The two parts are for violin and bass viol, with continuo played on organ as was typical for English chamber music of the time. (Locke probabaly drafted this series in the 1650s, but revised them over the next decade or so, tightening up some numbers and replacing others.)

The Consorts consist of eight suites of dances, arranged order of speed, each suite being prefaced by a fantasia or pavane (or both). This is attractive music for amateur players, and some of the tunes will stick in your head. (Note: the sarabande in Locke's day was a fast, sexy dance rather than the slow, reflective type we know from Bach and his contemporaries).

The performances by Masques are full of rhythmic verve, not perfect. The organwas miked a little too prominently, so the bass viol sounds a little too reticent by comparison, which makes it a little difficult to appreciate the play between the two principal parts.

Also a programming quibble: This is a packed CD (77 minutes). The suites are separated by selections from a Dutch publication, which are harmless butt don't jive stylistically with Locke's music. The Dutch pieces are obviously a generation or so older. And are unnecessary as well, since the fantasias are designed as intros and many of the suites have "drag" sections that provide the necessary musical punctuation. Too bad that Masque didn't record at least some of the dances that Locke deleted as an appendix instead.
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By M. De Sapio on August 25, 2011
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Matthew Locke was a master of the spiky, quirky English baroque style; his chamber music fizzes with intelligence and abounds in wrily bitter dissonaces, touching the heart just as it teases the brain. Being a late representative of a tradition of English consort music that stretched back to the Renaissance, Locke's music seems more "baroque" than many of his predecessors'. In contrast to works for a full consort of viols, in which a rich polyphony is the order of the day, these suites are scored for just a treble and a bass part with chordal continuo - the treble line assigned to that most baroque of instruments, the violin, and the bass part taken by a bass viol. There is something refreshing about this lean two-part texture, combining the old and the new.

Like the music itself, these performances by the Montreal-based group Masques are gutsy and full of spunk. Often eliding several of the short dance movements together, they create an exhilarating sense of momentum, especially palpable when Locke suddenly switches to the major mode in the middle of a minor-key suite. My one complaint is that the musicians could have enjoyed themselves more in the lyrical movements (the 'ayres'); there are some delicious tunes here, and these movements come off sounding rather too dry. Still, these are invigorating renditions of some still too little known repertoire. Matthew Locke's music is full of personality and deserves to be heard.

Finally, a word on the issue raised by the reviewer below on the question of variety. While all these suites are obviously cut from the same cloth (which is, of course, typical of publications in the baroque era), there is a good deal of variety among them.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. C Clark VINE VOICE on February 6, 2006
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In every classical CD there are three separate things being evaluated: the playing, the recording, and the music itself. With known quantities, item 3 needn't receive much attention. I do not have to evaluate whether Mozart's Symphony #40 is worth your time or not. But with these obscure pieces by a contemporary of Purcell, all three must be mentioned.

The first two go by quite easily - the playing, with an unusual trio of violin, bass viol and organ, is amazing. These are superlative performances that catch the ear and won't let go. The recording is intimate, so we can hear the viol's strings vibrate and the organ wheeze. Lovely! Great playing, gorgeous lush sound.

But the music itself is where this loses out. There is not enough range and variety in these pieces, so though each one is good, all of them together become a bit much. The same flavors, the same spices, the same temperatures lead to a somewhat repetitive banquet. There is a reason Matthew Locke is a relatively unknown composer.
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