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Fretwork

An Elizabethan Christmas

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212068021
  • Catalog number SIGCD 680
  • Release date 22 October 2021
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About the album

Viol consort Fretwork and mezzo soprano Helen Charlston explore the more reflective and sombre Christmas celebrations of Elizabethan England, in a collection of works by William Byrd, Anthony Holborne, Orlando Gibbons and Martin Peerson.

With celebrations confined strictly to the 12 days from Christmas Eve to Epiphany, the preceding Advent was regarded as a time of religious introspection, with music composed to mark both fasting and feasting. Byrd’s consort songs for voice and 5 viols encompass this range, from the joyous Out of the Orient Crystal Skies – ending with an exuberant ‘Falantidingdido’, a word whose meaning is lost to history – to his Lullaby, a ‘song of sadnes and pietie’ that became one of Byrd’s most enduringly famous songs

In 2021, Fretwork celebrates its 35th anniversary. In the past three and a half decades they have explored the core repertory of great English consort music, from Taverner to Purcell, and made classic recordings against which others are judged. In addition to this, Fretwork have become known as pioneers of contemporary music for viols, having commissioned over 40 new works.

Acclaimed for her musical interpretation, presence and “warmly distinctive tone” (The Telegraph), Helen Charlston is quickly cementing herself as a key performer in the next generation of British singers. Helen won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and was a finalist in the Hurn Court Opera Competition, and the Grange Festival International Singing Competition.

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    Out of the Orient Crystal Skies
     
    03:37
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    Pavan
     
    02:00
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    As it Fell on Holie Eve
     
    01:00
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    From Virgin’s Womb – Rejoice, Rejoice
     
    06:49
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    The Cradle
     
    02:54
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    Lullabie
     
    01:33
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    Lullaby
     
    12:40
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    7 Fantasias 'For Ye Great Dooble Bass' No. 1 a 4
     
    04:41
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    'An Earthly Tree – Cast off All Doubtful Care '
     
    06:19
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    Attendite
     
    04:34
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    Upon my Lap, my Sovereign Sits
     
    07:14
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    To Shorten Winter’s Sadnesse
     
    02:34
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    7 Fantasias 'For Ye Great Dooble Bass' No. 2 a 4
     
    04:56
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    Sweet was the Song the Virgin sang
     
    02:10
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    The New-Yeares Gift
     
    01:21
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    Heigh Ho Holiday
     
    00:59
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    O God That Guides the Cheerful Sun
     
    05:58

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