Morley: Ayres & Madrigals

Morley: Ayres & Madrigals
The Consort of Musicke - Anthony Rooley
L'Oiseay Lyre 708 (LP)
L'Oiseau Lyre 436 862 (CD)
Decca "British Music" 476 1971 (CD)

Also reissed in collection "The Silver Swan: English Madrigals" Decca 458 093 (2 CDs)


  1. Arise, awake (5 voices, chorus)
  2. Besides a fountain (4 voices)
  3. No, no, no, no, Nigella (5 voices)
  4. Singing alone (5 voices)
  5. With my love (soprano, lute)
  6. Mistress mine (tenor, lute)
  7. Stay heart, run not so fast (5 voices)
  8. Fire and lightning (2 tenors, lute)
  9. Phillis, I fain would die now (7 voices)
  10. Hard by a crystal fountain (6 voices, chorus)
  11. In every place (4 voices)
  12. O grief ev'n on the bud (5 voices)
  13. Absence, hear thou my protestation (tenor, lute)
  14. Deep lamenting (3 voices, lute)
  15. Sleep, slumb,ring eyes (soprano, lute)
  16. Hark! Alleluia (chorus)

Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), Poppy Holden (soprano), Jacqueline Fox (soprano), Evelyn Tubb (soprano), Cathy Cass (alto), Mary Nichols (alto), Joseph Cornwell (tenor), Andrew King (tenor), Philip Salmon (tenor), John Milne (bass), Francis Steele (bass), Richard Wistreich (bass), Anthony Rooley (lute)

Playing time: 49'

Recording date: May 1982; CD reissue: 1993

Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602) inherited the English monopoly on printing from William Byrd in 1596. He is also known for his famous & insightful Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Music (1597). He wrote in all forms, although his madrigals are perhaps his most idiomatic works.

Other recordings devoted to Morley:

Morley: The First Book of Ayres
Rogers / Harnoncourt / Dombois / Leonhardt
Teldec 21334
Morley: Joyne Hands
The Musicians of Swanne Alley
Virgin Edition 61241
Morley: Sacred Works
Ferdinand's Consort - Stephen Bullamore
Priory 834
Morley: First Book of Consort Lessons
Philippe Malfeyt / La Caccia / Patrick Denecker
Ricercar 251

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Todd M. McComb