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The Complete Music of Henry VIII

The Complete Music Of Henry VIII: All Goodly Sports

The Classical Shop
release date: August 1998

Originally recorded in 1997

Artists:

Sirinu



Venue:

St Georges Church, Cambridge



Producer:

Adrian Hunter



Engineer:

Ben Connellan



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Chamber


Early Music

Total Time - 64:28
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The Complete Music of Henry VIII

 

HENRY TUDOR

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1 

'Wherto shuld I expresse'

3:20
  soprano, tenor and bass voices - 2 pipes & tabors  
2 

Consort XXIII

0:33
  gothic harp - lute  
3 

'Thow that men do call it dotage'

3:06
  tenor voice - soprano recorder - bagpipes - hurdy-gurdy - sackbut  
4 

'Grene growith the holy'

2:51
  soprano voice - alto and tenor recorders - gothic harp - lute  
5 

Consort V

1:11
  2 treble recorders and bass recorder  
6 

'Withowt dyscord'

1:50
  soprano voice - tenor and bass recorders - tenor and bass viols  
7 

Consort II

0:52
  virginals  
8 

'Helas madam'

1:44
  soprano voice - soprano, alto and tenor crumhorns - lute  
9 

Consort XII

1:25
  curtal - soprano shawn - sackbut  
10 

'Alac, alac, what shall I do'

0:44
  soprano, tenor and bass voices  
11 

Consort XIV

0:48
  2 treble recorders and bass recorder  
12 

'Pastyme with good companye'

3:33
  soprano, tenor and bass voices - soprano, alto and tenor crumhorns - curtal - hurdy-gurdy - bagpipes - drum  
13 

'The tymem of youthe'

3:19
  soprano, tenor and bass voices  
14 

Consort IV

2:24
  tenor and 2 bass viols  
15 

'Departure is my chef payne'

2:12
  soprano and tenor voices - bass recorder - gothic harp - rebec - bass viol  
16 

Consort XVI

1:06
  regal  
17 

'Lusti yough shuld us ensue'

4:44
  alto, tenor and 2 bass voiceds - positive organ  
18 

'En vray amoure'

1:07
  curtal - 2 soprano shawns - sackbut  
19 

'Whoso that wyll for grace sew'

2:14
  soprano voice - lute  
20 

Consort XIII

0:56
  alto recorder - gothic harp - lute - rebec  
21 

'Adew madam et ma mastres'

1:23
  soprano voice - tenor viol and 2 bass viols  
22 

Tandernaken

2:09
  soprano, alto and tenor recorders  
23 

'Alas, what shall I do for love?'

0:56
  soprano voice - tenor viol and 2 bass viols  
24 

Consort VIII

0:52
  gittern - gothic harp  
25 

'It is to me a ryght gret joy'

1:47
  soprano and tenor voices - regal  
26 

Consort XV

1:19
  alto, tenor and bass recorders  
27 

'O my hart'

2:57
  soprano, tenor and bass voices - sopranino recorder - dulcimer - hurdy-gurdy - rebec - drum  
28 

'Whoso that wyll all feattes optayne'

2:55
  soprano voice - alto recorder - gothic harp - lute - rebec  
29 

'Gentil prince de renom'

1:00
  soprano, alto and bass crumhorns - curtal  
30 

'Though sum saith that yough rulyth me'

3:04
  soprano, alto and tenor voices - gothic harp - rebec  
31 

Consort III

0:37
  alto recorder - lute  
32 

'If love now reynyd' (version 1)

2:54
  soprano voice - tenor recorder - gothic harp - lute - rebec  
33 

'If love now reynyd' (version 2)

1:13
  gothic harp - lute - rebec  
34 

Consort XXII

1:23
  soprano and also shawns - curtal - sackbut  


By all accounts, Henry VIII was a talented and respected musician. His enthusiasm for collecting music and musicians never waned during his life, though his activities as a composer and performer were strongest as a young man in his twenties and thirties. His achievements as a composer have been exaggerated by his subjects and posterity, but he left more compositions than any other monarch.

During his lifetime Henry continually enlarged the royal musical household and its stock of instruments, which was spread around royal palaces; the type and style of the instruments used on this recording reflect Henry’s collection.

In the Henry III Manuscript, a compilation of the music which reflects that used in Henry’s Court, thirty-four compositions are attributed to the King, encompassing an impressive variety of song and instrumental styles. Only one of these pieced - ’Passtyme with good cumpanye’ - appears in another source. The same song is also included twice in the Henry VIII MS, but in two slighty differing versions. many of the pieces are brief, and probably served as preludes to more substantial songs, a proceedure that has been followed on this recording. His instrumental pieces rank among the very earliest English part music for instruments alone and they reflect the heightened status of the new-style household musicians who could read music.

Henry’s instrumental pieces are performed here in a variety of combinations representative of the Royal collection of instruments - the ’alta’ bands of shawms and sackbuts; a consort of three early renaissance viols, consorts of recorders, plucked strings and mixed groups. The vocal pieces are performed in a variety of styles; some with old-style minstrel accompaniments, or with a solo voice and instruments substituting the lower parts. Others are performed as partsongs, particularly those of great difficulty that were probably written for the professional singers of the Chapel Royal.
 

                       Chamber Choice
                 Performance *****          Sound *****
"...The five multi-talented members of Sirinu all take a large number of roles, including singing, and are joined by the tenor Hugh Wilson, but the most prominent voice is that of Sara Stowe, who softens her naturally bright soprano very stylishly..."

Adrian Jack - Classic CD - October 1998


"... an unusually enlightening and entertaining collection."

McLellan - American Record Guide - January/February 1999


"...As the playing is vibrant and accurate this becomes a real treat for the ears. The members of the ensemble take the various vocal roles as well. The performances are first-class, the sound is of demonstration quality... This is a wonderful CD..."

John Bauman - Fanfare - April/May 1999




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