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The Wonders of the World: An English Mosaic

The Wonders of the World: An English Mosaic

Miriam Allan Soprano

CD: 1
Tracks: 37
Length: 1:08:02

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Rel. 1 Jan 2007
Recorded 2006

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The Wonders of the World: An English Mosaic English Renaissance masques were extravagant, evening-long entertainments compiled of various songs and dances loosely organized around a plot or theme. Little is known about John Maynard (1577-1633), who wrote a set of songs titled The XII Wonders of the World, which forms the framework around which this masque is reconstructed. This version incorporates works by John Dowland, Matthew Locke, Thomas Morley, John Playford, and an exquisite ballad by Richard Edwards, so the quality of the music is consistently high. Although there is no explicit attribution, it can be assumed that the reconstruction was made by or for the Austrian instrumental ensemble Echo du Danube, which performs it here. The group is joined by soprano Miriam Allan, who performs the songs with pure but robust tone and an infectious sense of playfulness. The same spirit informs the instrumental performances, which sparkle with fun and exuberance. Narrator Rob Wyn Jones contributes several selections from Shakespeare plays that have little apparent relevance to the rest of the proceedings. The sound of the SACD is bright and clear, with a good sense of presence.

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Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
1 1.Prologue: The Furies (Anonymous) 2:48
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Rob Wyn Jones Narrator, Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
2 1.Prologue: O for a Muse of fire (William Shakespeare) 1:03
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3 1.Prologue: Der Koniginnen Intrada (William Brade) 1:36
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4 2.What Women Want: Twenty waies vpon the bels (Robert Johnson) 2:12
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5 2.What Women Want: A Wonder: The Wife 1:59
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6 2.What Women Want: The Ladyes Second Masque (Anonymous) 1:12
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7 2.What Women Want: A Wonder: The Marryed Man 1:46
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8 2.What Women Want: The First of the Lords (William Brade) 0:57
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9 3.Entry Dance: Mascharad der Edel Frauen (William Brade) 1:58
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10 IV: At the Market: Nutmegs and Ginger: A Wonder: The Marchant 1:46
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11 At the Market: Nutmegs and Ginger: Home Again, Market is Done; Fine Knacks for Ladies 5:02
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12 IV: At the Market: Nutmegs and Ginger: Nutmegs and Ginger (Anonymous) 1:38
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Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
13 5.Main Dance: Sarabande (Jean Le Felle) 0:50
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Rob Wyn Jones Narrator, Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
14 5.Main Dance: Ay, but thou talk'st (William Shakespeare) 0:40
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15 5.Main Dance: La paduana del re (Anonymous) 2:16
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16 5.Main Dance: When Griping Grief (Richard Edwards) 2:31
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17 5.Main Dance: Sinfonia a 6 (Cristoforo Malvezzi) 1:35
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18 6.Virginity or Leading Apes in Hell: The Fairey Masque (Anonymous) 2:28
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19 6.Virginity or Leading Apes in Hell: A Wonder: The Bachelor 1:51
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20 6.Virginity or Leading Apes in Hell: I can not keepe my wyfe at howme (Anonymous) 0:32
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21 6.Virginity or Leading Apes in Hell: A Wonder: The Maide 1:52
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22 7.Revels: I long for thy virginitie (Anonymous) 1:05
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23 7.Revels: Symphony of Bird Calls (Matthew Locke) 1:12
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24 7.Revels: I can not keepe my wyfe at howme (Anonymous) 1:59
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25 8.Live and Let Die: The Second Witches Dance (Robert Johnson) 1:52
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26 8.Live and Let Die: A Wonder: The Widow 2:35
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27 8.Live and Let Die: Tweny waies vpon the bels (Robert Johnson) 0:59
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28 8.Live and Let Die: A Wonder: The Devine 2:12
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29 8.Live and Let Die: On the cold ground (John Playford) 0:50
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30 8.Live and Let Die: A Wonder: The Lawyer 1:40
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Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
31 8.Live and Let Die: The Hangman Song (John Dowland) 2:30
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32 9.The Sacred End Pavan (Thomas Morley and John Baxter) - Galliard to the Sacred End (Thomas Morley) 3:13
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Rob Wyn Jones Narrator, Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
33 10.Banquet: Ein Schottisch Tanz (William Brade) - Come Thou Monarch of the Vine (William Shakespeare) 0:54
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Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
34 10.Banquet: Parsons Farewell (John Playford) 3:02
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Miriam Allan Soprano, Echo Du Danube Ensemble
35 10.Banquet: Gray's Inn (John Cooper) 2:06
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36 11.Epilogue: When Griping Grief (Richard Edwards) 0:23
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37 11.Epilogue: Lulle me beyond thee (John Playford) 2:58
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