Martin Best (song, guitar)
Colin Bilham (contrabass, viola da gamba)
Jeremy Barlow (flute, recorder, organ)
Julian Byzantine (guitar)
Alastair McLachlan (violin, viola, mandoline)
Christopher Lebon (cello)
Titles 1-9 (side one) and 7-9 (side two):
Words and music by Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795), arrangements by Martin Best.
Tracks included in the CD compilation To Carl Michael with Love.
"To Carl Michael with Love" was recorded in Stockholm and released only in Sweden. The 'songs of the English countryside' which appear on side two, while charming, lead to a slight loss of focus. Perhaps the Consort did not have enough of Bellman's repertoire at their disposal to devote an entire album to him. Nevertheless, these arrangements of Bellman's songs are beautifully realised.
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