Mynstrelles With Straunge Sounds

Delphian: DCD34169

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Mynstrelles With Straunge Sounds



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28th Aug 2015




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Mynstrelles With Straunge Sounds

The Earliest Consort Music For Viols

And I war a maydyn

De tous biens plaine a 4

Fortuna desperata

Helas Madam

De tu biens plaene

De tous biens playne

Fortune Esperee

Missa, 'Fortuna Desperata'

Vita dulcedo/Agnus Dei II

Cecus non judicat de coloribus

Triste España sin ventura!

Des biens amors a 4

La martinella

In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietà

In te Domine sperabo

La quercia


Fata la parte

La Spagna

La mi sola Laureola

Fa la sol a 3

Con amores, la mi madre

Agnus Dei II

Adieu mes amours



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A rapid transformation in musical tastes occurred in the years around 1500, with the relatively widespread distribution of part-music in the new medium of print – it was in this context that the consort of viols emerged. For their third recording on Delphian, the Rose Consort use a set of instruments modelled on those depicted in an Italian altarpiece dating from 1497 in Bologna. Peerless early-music mezzo Clare Wilkinson joins the consort in a sophisticated interweaving of voices that casts revealing light on the earliest music for this innovative ensemble. Rose Consort of Viols’ recent engagements have included performances at the BBC Proms Matinees at Cadogan Hall with vocal ensemble Tenebrae, at the National Gallery in London and for Semana de Musica Religiosa in Cuenca, Spain. The Consort has received awards for its research and performance of newly devised programmes, and has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings for Delphian and other labels, including most recently 'An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music from the Dow Partbooks' (Delphian DCD34115), a disc of music by Byrd and his contemporaries in collaboration with The Marian Consort, and 'Serenissima' (DCD34149), a programme of music from Renaissance Europe performed on instruments by Richard Jones copied from the earliest surviving viol, a Venetian instrument by Francesco Linarol from c.1540. A second recorded collaboration with The Marian Consort, 'Loquebantur: Music from the Baldwin Partbooks' (DCD34160), will be released 28 September, 2015.

Traditional: And I Were A Maiden

And I Were A Maiden

Traditional: De Tous Biens Plaine A 4

De Tous Biens Plaine A 4

Traditional: Fortuna Desperata A 4

Fortuna Desperata A 4

Henry Viii: Helas Madame

Helas Madame

Hayne Van Ghizeghem: De Tous Biens Plaine

De Tous Biens Plaine

Josquin Des Prez: De Tous Biens Plaine A 3

De Tous Biens Plaine A 3

Antoine Busnoys: Fortune Esperée

Fortune Esperée

Josquin Des Prez: Fortuna Desperata A 3

Fortuna Desperata A 3

Francisco Da Peñalosa: Vita Dulcedo / Agnus Dei Ii

Vita Dulcedo / Agnus Dei Ii

Alexander Agricola: Cecus Non Iudicat De Coloribus

Cecus Non Iudicat De Coloribus

Juan Del Encina: Triste España

Triste España

Johannes Martini: Des Biens Amors A 4

Des Biens Amors A 4

Johannes Martini: La Martinella

La Martinella

Josquin Des Prez: In Te Domine Speravi

In Te Domine Speravi

Traditional: In Te Domine Sperabo

In Te Domine Sperabo

Traditional: La Quercia

La Quercia

Traditional: Biblis


Juan Del Encina: Fata La Parte

Fata La Parte

Traditional: La Spagna

La Spagna

Juan Ponce: La Mi Sola Laureola

La Mi Sola Laureola

William Cornysh: Fa La Sol

Fa La Sol

Juan De Anchieta: Con Amores, La Mi Madre

Con Amores, La Mi Madre

Henricus Isaac: Agnus Dei Ii

Agnus Dei Ii

Josquin Des Prez: Adieu Mes Amours

Adieu Mes Amours

Gramophone Magazine

September 2015

“Wilkinson’s androgynous, straight tone chafes vividly against the viols – a smooth gloss on a pitted sound that creates necessary variety and beauty in a disc that might easily have been a historical curiosity.”

MusicWeb International

“For the more refined music, both sacred and secular, which forms the bulk of the collection the Rose Consort offer performances as good as you are likely to hear from a viol consort and Clare Wilkinson puts aside her Mummerset opening mode to excellent effect in the vocal items...A first-class album.”

Sunday Times

30th August 2015

“Wilkinson delivers the sung numbers with deliciously understated refinement; the viols play with alluring sophistication.”

The Guardian

10th September 2015


“The Rose Consort of Viols play diligently, if a little humourlessly, but all ears will be on the glorious singing of mezzo Clare Wilkinson. Her soft voice is totally beguiling in this intimate repertoire: full of elegant contours and no sharp edges, perfect for weaving among the gentle viols.”

The Scotsman

5th September 2015


“In this luxuriant survey of the period… the Rose Consort of Viols capture the explorative virtues of the music, as composers wrestled with the idea of extended structures free of textual framework. The players are joined in many of the tracks by mezzo soprano Clare Wilkinson, whose clean, unaffected singing adds the necessary contrast to the consort-only numbers.”

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