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Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band

Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band

Piffaro Early Music Ensemble

CD: 1
Tracks: 26
Length: 1:01:09

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Rel. 26 Jan 2010
Recorded 2008

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Waytes: English Music for a Renaissance Band The Philadelphia-based early music ensemble Piffaro, which has been around since 1982, has recorded a variety of CDs of Renaissance instrumental music from France, Flanders, Italy, Germany, and Spain, and here turns its attention to English music of the period. The collection includes some instrumental dances and instrumental works by Byrd, John Mundy, Clement Woodcock, and Robert Jones, but consists largely of transcriptions of vocal works, particularly madrigals by Thomas Weelkes and sacred music by Byrd and Tallis. (There are also two vocal pieces, humorous ballads lustily sung by ensemble member Grant Herreid.) Whereas some early music groups take the received notation as a point of departure and improvise on the material, Piffaro is attentive to the conventions of informed period performance practice, but tends to stick closely to the scores. Listeners' responses to this CD are likely to reflect their attitude toward these two approaches. Those who prefer a looser, more improvisational performance style may not find enough daring and individuality in Piffaro's playing, but listeners who believe that faithful adherence to the received source material is the way to go will probably enjoy the CD. The playing itself is lively and spirited. Most of the tracks tend to rely heavily on recorders, shawms, and crumhorns, but strings are generally in short supply, leading to too much uniformity of texture. Those tracks that feature lute and harp provide a pleasing contrast. The sound is generally good, but the tracks using soprano recorder tend to be a little shrill, and may require some volume adjustment.

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CD 1
Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
1 Tan ta ra ran tan tant, cryes Mars (a3) 1:13
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
2 Young cupid hath proclaimed (a4) 1:56
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
3 Cease sorrowes now (a3) 2:40
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
4 A country paire 2:05
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
5 3 times a day (a6) 1:47
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
6 I come, sweet birds, for ensemble 3:19
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
7 La Rossignol, for 2 lutes 1:46
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
8 The Nightingale in Silent Night 1:48
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
9 In midst of woods,The blackbird, for ensemble 3:08
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
10 Goddesses 2:53
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
11 La Bounette; la doune cella 2:29
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
12 Siderum Rector (a5) 2:40
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
13 Tribulatio proxima est (a5) 3:47
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14 Domine, non sum dignus (a6) 2:02
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
15 Pavane 2:14
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
16 Almandes (2), for band 3:03
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17 Masquing ayre: The nobleman 2:10
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18 The French King's Masque to the Consort of Six 1:25
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
19 Antimasque: The second witch's dance 2:14
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20 The Indian weed is withered quite 2:03
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21 Come sirrah Jack, hoe (a3) 2:02
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
22 Hackney for recorders 1:20
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
23 Sermone blando (a3) 4:14
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Daphna Mor Recorder, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
24 Fantasia a3 No.1 in C (arr. recorders) 2:05
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
25 O nata lux de lumine (a5), P.209 2:31
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Daphna Mor Percussion, Piffaro Early Music Ensemble
26 The song called trumpets a 6 2:15
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