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The Masque of Moments ()

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composed by Alfonso Ferrabosco II, Anonymous, Anonymous, English, Charles Coleman, English Traditional, Giles Farnaby, Giovanni Coprario, Henry Lawes, John Adson, Matthew Locke, Nicholas Lanier, Robert Bateman, Robert Johnson, Thomas Campion, William Lawes

The English lutenist Elizabeth Kenny devises unusual programs with her group Theatre of the Ayre, and this is one of the best. Kenny examines the masque itself, the imperfectly understood English court entertainment of Italian origin, that encompassed song, dance, theater, and even distinctive stage and costume design. It's difficult to capture on a CD (really a full-scale re-creation would be the way to go, if an organization with the magic combination of funding and inspiration could be found), but Kenny does her damndest ...

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  1. The L. Zouches Maske, for keyboard (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, No. 239)
  2. Earl of Essex Measure "Measure"
  3. Now Hath Flora Rob'd Her Bowers for voice, lute & bass viol
  4. While dancing rests, for voice & continuo
  5. Why Stays the Bridegroom, consort song for voice & continuo
  6. Move now with measured sound (from A Wedding Maske) for voice, lute & bass viol
  7. Tom O'Bedlam
  8. Steer hither, steer your winged pines, for voice & consort (from "The Inner Temple Masque")
  9. The Cadua, for instrumental consort
  10. From the famous peak of Derby, for voice & lute
  11. The Bear's Dance
  12. Tho' it may seem rude, for chorus & consort (from "The Masque of Augurs")
  13. The Second of the Temple Antic
  14. Maypole Song
  15. Robin, for lute
  16. Did You Not Once Lucinda?
  17. Coperaree or Gray's Inn
  18. From the heav'ns now I fly, for voice & theorbo
  19. Symphony for instrumental consort in C minor (No. 2 for the masque "Britannia Triumphans")
  20. Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseen, for voice & theorbo
  21. The Last Song or Valediction, for voice & consort (from "The Prince d'Amour His Masque at the Middle Temple")
  22. Of the Inns of Court Masque, for chorus & consort
  23. Cease warring thoughts, madrigal for 3 voices
  24. Symphony for instrumental consort (No. 1 for the masque "Britannia Triumphans")
  25. Cupid and Death, masque in 5 parts (composed with Christopher Gibbons): Mercury and Nature in the Elysian Fields
  26. I was not wearier when I lay, for voice & continuo
  27. Greensleeves, folk song
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The Masque of Moments
2017, Linn Records

UPC: 691062054225


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