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The Elfin Knight: Ballads and Dances ()

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composed by Anonymous, English, Anonymous, Scottish, English Traditional, John Dowland, Nicolas Vallet, Scottish Traditional, Thomas Ravenscroft

American-German bass Joel Frederiksen, one of an impressive parade of American-born early music performers who have moved to Europe in order to realize their talents fully, here takes on repertory that is usually associated with a specific sound -- with an English countertenor, accompanied by a gently brushed lute, aimed at a refined sort of melancholy. It takes a certain kind of drive to think through a whole new interpretation and to sound relaxed delivering it, and Frederiksen succeeds on both counts. For one thing, he's ...

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  1. Whittingham Fair, folk song ("The Elfin Knight")
  2. Walsingham
  3. Greensleeves, folk song
  4. Go from My Window, folk song
  5. Go from my window, song arranged for lute, P 64
  6. Lord Darly, song
  7. Fortune My Foe
  8. My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66
  9. Farewell, Adieu, that Courtly Life, song
  10. Brave Lord Willoughby, song
  11. Yonder Comes a Courteous Knight (The Baffled Kight), for 4 voices
  12. Bourre d'Avignon, for lute
  13. Willie O'Winsbury, ballad
  14. Gigue, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620)
  15. The Lovers' Tasks (The Elfin Knight), traditional song
  16. Farewell, Lovely Nancy, song
  17. Watkin's Ale, song
  18. London's Lotterie, song
  19. Barbara Allen, folk song
  20. Corne yairds, for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript)
  21. Ane Scottis Dance, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620)
  22. London, for voice & lute
  23. Scarborough Fair
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The Elfin Knight: Ballads and Dances
2007, Harmonia Mundi

UPC: 794881847723

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