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The King's Delight: 17th Century Ballads for Voice & Violin Band Import

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Audio CD, Import, March 1, 1994
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1. The King's Delight
2. All In A Garden Green
3. Gathering Peascods
4. Blew-Cap For Me
5. Fortune My Foe
6. Browning
7. Jog On
8. Courante: Packington's Pound
9. Daphne
10. Huntsuppe
11. The Lovely Northerne Lasse
12. Tantz
13. O Nachbar Roland
14. Dulcina
15. As Att Noone Dulcina Rested
16. Grimstock
17. Robin Is To The Greenwood Gone
18. Ricercar: Bonny Sweet Robin
19. A Light Hearts A Jewell
20. Child Grove
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Product Details

  • Performer: Paul O'Dette
  • Conductor: David Douglass
  • Composer: Samuel Scheidt, William Brade, Thomas Simpson, Michael Praetorius, John Whitfield, et al.
  • Audio CD (March 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007DZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Atkerson on June 29, 2004
Other reviewers love the instrumental selections and berate the singing. Personally I find the purity of tone of the singer absolutely captivating. I do not hear any shrillness at all. The recorded sound seems ideal for this music, and all performers, singer and instrumentalists, are top notch, as is the selection of compositions on this CD. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Russell S. Wollman on July 7, 2004
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The selections on this disc are quite nice, on par with "The Queen's Delight" disc also from the same artists.
The tone of some selections is a bit more serious perhaps, but I wish to offer that Ellen Hargis' fine soprano voice lends great magic and power to the vocal selections. And though I am sensitive to harsh or annoying sound, that is not, I found, the case with her work here. The ear of the beholder is all-important, of course, and we all have our preferences.
The graceful and elegant work of The King's Noyse will warm your heart, gladden your spirits, and engender your gratitude and curiosity for that unique period of time which gave rise to these ballads. Gentle sounds such as these will always enjoy command over time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on April 29, 2006
"The King's Delight": 17th Century Ballads for Voice and Violin Band by William Byrd, Michael Praetorius, John Whitfield, Johann Schultz, Samuel Scheidt, William Brade, Thomas Simpson and various anonymi, including traditional pieces arranged by David Douglass. Performed by The King's Noyse (Ellen Hargis, soprano; David Douglass and Robert Mealy, renaissance violins; Jane Starkman and Scott Metcalf, renaissance violas; Emily Walhout, bass violin) and Paul O'Dette, lute and cittern.

Recorded in November, 1992, at the Campion Center, Boston, Massachussetts. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907101. Total time: 72'43".

Although the music here is highly entertaining in itself, this CD should really only be heard after studying Jack Ashworth's informative booklet notes, and preferably also with some knowledge of 16th and 17th century English music. This period in English musical history is generally associated with the "viol consort" in which a group of differently-sized "viols" or "violas da gamba" played together with the musicians sitting around a set of notes, sometimes accompanied by a recorder or voice. This kind of music is quite ethereal but probably does not reflect the reality of life in early 17th century England (the epoque of Shakespeare, Webster and Jonson). In recent years it has been established that not only the nasal-sounding "viol", but also the violin was played "in consort", and various musicians have gone about re-creating this sound.
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