Performers: Christina Clarke (soprano), James Bowman (countertenor), Charles Brett (countertenor), Nigel Rogers (tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (baritone), David Munrow (recorder, flute, shawn, crumhorn & bagpipes), Eleanor Sloan (treble rebec), Oliver Brookes (bass rebec), James Tyler (lute & citole), Gillian Reid (bells), Christopher Hogwood (harp, organ, nakers & tabor), James Blades (nakers & tabor
Playing time: 52'
Recording date: 1970
See also: Argo 673 (original LP)
We have here an already-old recording, but the sense of rhythm and the sincerity of the restitution could probably pass centuries, in my opinion. We may hear in this CD interpreters who have become famous afterward. This is one explanation for the excellence of this disc. Another is the presence of David Munrow, playing with an extraordinary virtuosity and breathing life into all the pieces. His ornamentation is always clever and perfectly played (Quinte estampie reale), the sound of the flute soft and charming (Chanterai i por mon corage), the choice of the instruments, the tempi, the pieces chosen to illustrate the crusades' time, everything contributes here to produce a desert island CD. For me, the age has nothing to do with it: this disc goes on speaking to my heart and my spirit; that's all I can ask of a record.Bruno Cornec
Some other programs of broad scope from the medieval era, featuring some minstrel-like styles:
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To FAQ CD index page.Todd M. McComb