Court Jesters GCCD 4013

Court Jesters GCCD 4013

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The Early Music ensemble Sirinu performs a stunning collection of the brightest highlights chosen from music written and inspired by King Henry VIII’s jesters and minstrels.  The jesters, also known as fools, were among the personal servants of the King’s retinue, with access to his Privy Chamber.  Some, such as Will Somers, and the harpsichordist Mark Smeaton, were also his personal friends and confidants. Total time: 63:00 “Instead of concentrating on the commonly heard groupings of love songs and plaintive ballads, these four musicians also offer a generous look at the grittier, earthier side of 16th century life. The sound, from St Georges Church, Cambridge, is perfectly suited to the voices and instruments, capturing the widely varying timbres in fairly close-up, vivid detail.” David Vernier – Classics Today

One of the main themes of the Griffin label catalogue will be ‘ages of music’, from early Christian chant through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Tudors and the Stuarts later. There were two sides to Henry VIII’s musical employ-one was the trained musicians, the professional Court Composers such as Cornysh and Van Wilder, and the other consisted the “fools” or jesters who were comedians and popular singers, always at hand for the right mood, and some of whom became personal friends and confidants. This album focuses on the populist side, and features instrumental pieces, including of course, dances, and street ballads. 26 tracks display a lively variety of popular Court music as it might have been heard at Hampton Court or elsewhere in an afternoon after matters of State (and lunch in Henry’s case!) had been settled for the day. The selection includes pavans, almains, jigs and La Volta in dances, “broadside” ballads, fantasias and love songs, plus Henry’s own composition.

Ensemble Sirinu travel the world recreating this entertainment, also recording for Chandos

They consist of Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Mathew Spring and Jon Banks directs

Wolsey’s Wilde/And I were a maiden/Mt Lady Carey’s Dump/The Night Watch/ I besherew you (Cornysh)/Carol (dulcimer)/Eliza is the fairest Queen/Cittern medley/I am a jolly Foster/Votre trey dowce regaunt/We be three poor mariners/Pavan (crumhorn)/Tarleton’s Riserrectione/Poor People’s Complaint/New Oysters Street cries/Le Pied du cheval/Arthur’s Dump/Hoyda, jolly Rutterkin/Say love, if ever thou did’st find/ Daunce/Western Wind/Fantasia/Blow thy horn, hunter/La Volta/Pastime with good company/Monsieur’s almain, Kemp’s jig, Joan Sanderson, Sellenger’s Round Tudor Dance Tune Medley


Tracklist

Track Name Composer Artist
Wolsey’s Wilde Trad. Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
And I were a maiden William Cornysh Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
My lady Carey’s Dump Anon Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
The Night Watch Anthony Holborne Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
I besherew you William Cornysh Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Carol Anon Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Eliza is the fairest Queen Edward Johnson Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Medley Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
I am a Jolly Foster William Cornysh Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Votre trey dowce regaunt Anon Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
We be three poor mariners pub. Thomas Ravenscroft Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Pavan Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Tarleton’s Riserrectione John Dowland Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
The Poor People’s Complaint Trad. Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
New Oysters Street Cries pub. Thomas Ravenscroft Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
“Le Pied de Cheval “ Almande Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Arthur’s Dump Philip van Wilder? Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Hoyda, jolly Rutterkin William Cornysh Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Say Love, if ever thou did’st find John Dowland Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Daunce Anon Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Westron Wind Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Fantasia William Byrd Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Blow thy horn hunter William Cornysh Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
La Volta William Byrd Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Pastime with good company Henry VIII Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring
Tudor Dance Tune Medley Trad Sirinu: Sarah Stowe, Jon Banks, Henry Stobart, Matthew Spring

 

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