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If you think people didn't have much fun in the 16th century, you may change your mind after you hear the kind of music the ordinary folks were singing, playing, and listening to. The Baltimore Consort, internationally recognized for its outstanding programs and performances of early music, offer us an immediately appealing--and irresistible--assortment of popular tunes from 16th-century England, some of which you may recognize in their modern incarnations. "There were three ravens," "Greensleeves," and John Dowland's famous "Lachrimae Pavan" are a few of the better-known pieces. The Baltimore Consort is known not only for its fabulous musicianship but also for its arrangements, which always seem to perfectly suit the tunes; this disc comprises 20 examples of that virtuosity, and you'll want to hear them again and again. --David Vernier
For me this is not "lying on the floor with eyes closed" listening. Doesn't make me want to get up and dance around, either. But good background music for entertaining. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KatieDid
I ordered ten different Renaissance music CD's on Amazon recently and this is my VERY FAVORITE!!!! I go about my days singing to myself. I even make others around
me happier. Read more
I really like this CD, but a couple of the songs go on way too long. Otherwise it's a little dark and mysterious and authentically captures that Renaissance feel.Published on November 16, 2012 by John E.
I've enjoyed the vast majority of releases by the Baltimore Consort, and this is one of their best. At least one other reviewer has a number of nits to pick with respect to... Read morePublished on November 10, 2012 by J. R. Trtek
I ordered this having no idea how good the quality of the music or the recording would be. Well...
It is fabulous and a CD I plan to share with others . Read more
I enjoyed the Scottish Early Music CD (which I highly recommend) by the Baltimore Consort so much that I had to have this one. I am not disappointed. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by _scm_1
This is my favorite Renaissance cd that I've heard. A good balance of music and singing. Very enjoyable.Published on July 28, 2010 by ana reynolds
I love this CD. The music is soothing, fun and romantic. My suggestion is to play this CD while you are having a lovely dinner with friends or with just one "special"... Read morePublished on December 30, 2004 by Doreen Cordeiro