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Olde English Madrigals and Folk Songs at Ely Cathedral

John Bennet , Edward T. Chapman , John Farmer , Orlando Gibbons , Thomas Greaves , Gustav Holst , Robert Jones , Thomas Morley , John Rutter , Cambridge Singers Audio CD
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  • Performer: Cambridge Singers
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Composer: John Bennet, Edward T. Chapman, John Farmer, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Greaves, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • ASIN: B0000005MB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come Away, Sweet Love
2. Weep, O Mine Eyes
3. Fair Phyllis I Saw
4. Now Is The Month Of Maying
5. Fairwell, Dear Love
6. April Is In My Mistress' Face
7. Draw On, Sweet Night
8. Sing We At Pleasure
9. My Bonnie Lass She Smileth
10. The Silver Swan
11. Mother, I Will Have A Husband
12. Dainty Fine Bird
13. As Vesta Was From Latmos Hill Descending
14. I Love My Love
15. My Sweetheart's Like Venus
16. Bushes And Briars
17. The Turtle Dove
18. The Three Ravens
19. Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron
20. O Waly, Waly
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the masses September 24, 2005
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This disc is a bit different from many of the Cambridge Singers' discs in that it is exclusively secular songs. They have retained one of their favourite recording spaces, the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral, a structure well atuned to a capella singing (it has a natural nine second delay in the cathedral). This recording was John Rutter's first album on American Gramaphone Records.


Madrigals are songs that have various purposes. They can be for private or public entertainment; they can be together with dramatic performances or played on their own. Petrarch is the inspiration of many madrigal texts, and folk songs also feature significantly. The English Madrigal School took full bloom during the golden age of Elizabeth; by the middle of the seventeenth century, the era of composition of the madrigal was essentially over. However, they have remained a popular pieces for performance, and many modern composers have arranged them, including on this disc Holst, Vaughan Williams and the Cambridge Singers director, Rutter.

Madrigals are often upbeat, happy, sometimes poignant, and lively. Some madrigals incorporate humour and jokes. There are exceptions to all of these, to be sure, including among the songs on this disc. Perhaps the best known madrigal in modern times, Greensleeves, is presented as the last piece on this disc, here in an arrangement by Vaughan Williams. There are lively emotions and sombre tones here, all sung with grace and consistent quality.

--Liner Notes--

Unlike many of the Cambridge Singers' CDs' liner notes, this one has a biographical sketch of John Rutter, a description of the setting at Ely Cathedral, a listing of the singers, and an essay about madigrals.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tasteful and beautiful collection August 20, 2001
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This disc furthers my belief that madrigals are the best forum for a capella voice. Each song is unique and beautiful, and the sequencing allows a very smooth flow. Better-known works such as "Month of Maying" or "April is in my Mistress' Face" are perhaps most representative of the style, but included here are many lesser-known gems that you're sure to enjoy. The Cambridge Singers use their obviously well-honed skills to great results, from the more frivolous tracks to the darker, more solemn ones. Very highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but perhaps overly solemn for some selections October 18, 2002
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The splendor of these arrangements and the setting confer on all of these traditional madrigals (and some newer arrangements: Side B is dominated by twentieth century arrangements) a certain solemnity and a certain stately pace (so the lyrics are not lost in the echo of the cathedral).
This leaves a strange effect on some selections, such as "Now Is The Month of Maying," which is about, um, springtime urges and here sounds oddly like a mass.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madrigals in excellence September 17, 2010
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This CD gave me just what I was looking for, a superb recording of a variety of madrigal music. Sung beautifully at the resonant Ely Cathedral. Exquisite!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Collection of English Choral Music July 22, 2014
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This is a collection of delightful English choral music chosen with insight by John Rutter and performed beautifully by the Cambridge Singers under Rutter's authoritative baton. The greatest bit of serendipity is "I Love My Love," the subject of the second movement in Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite, the gentle warhorse of wind ensemble music every school musician encounters early in their career.
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