Shakespeare's Musick

Shakespeare's Musick
Songs & Dances from Shakepeare's Plays
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 446 687


  1. Anon: Hollis Berrie (broken consort)
  2. Anon: Daphne (broken consort)
  3. Anon: My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone (broken consort)
  4. Anon: Tickle my Toe (broken consort)
  5. Morley: It Was a Lover and his Lass (2 sopranos, consort)
  6. Anon: Kemp's Jig (lute)
  7. John Wilson (1595-1674): Take, O Take Those Lips Away (soprano, lute)
  8. Giles Farnaby: Bonny Sweet Robin (harpsichord)
  9. Robert Jones (1597-1615): Farewell, Dear Love (baritone, lute)
  10. Dowland: Tarletones Riserrectione (lute)
  11. Anon: Hold, Lingel, Hold (mezzo-soprano, consort)
  12. Anon: How Should I your True Love Know (soprano, consort)
  13. Anon: Walsingham (lute arr. Holborne)
  14. Robert Johnson?: Get You Hence (2 sopranos, baritone, consort)
  15. Morley: La Coranto (consort)
  16. Byrd: La Coranto (virginal)
  17. Johnson?: Hark, Hark! The Lark (soprano, lute)
  18. Morley: La Volta (consort)
  19. Morley: La Volta (virginal arr. Byrd)
  20. Anon: The Poor Soul Sat Sighing (soprano, lute)
  21. Anon: Robin (lute)
  22. Morley: O Mistress Mine (baritone, lute)
  23. Byrd: O Mistris Mine (virginal)
  24. Johnson: Full Fathom Five (soprano, lute)
  25. Johnson: Where the Bee Sucks, There Suck I (soprano, lute)
  26. Morley: Can She Excuse (broken consort)
  27. [? The Frog Galliard - track not listed in track listing]
  28. Morley: Go from my Window (broken consort)

Performers: Libby Crabtree (soprano), Rachel Elliott (soprano), Meredith Hall (soprano), Joanne Lun (soprano), Rosalind Waters (soprano), Jeannette Ager (mezzo-soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone), Jacob Heringman (lute), Gary Cooper (harpsichord, virginal); other instrumentalists are not named

Playing time: 68'

Recording date: April 1995 (London)

This program is specifically related to Shakespeare, although should probably not be taken to consist precisely of music performed during or around his plays. Most of the material, however, is derived from them. In other cases, it should perhaps be taken more as representative of the general music-making.

Given the evident thought and preparation for this program, not to mention the caliber of performers, the lack of detailed (or even erroneous) track information is rather difficult to believe, especially on a major label. Updated guess on this information from Y.-P. Lee.

Some other programs on Shakespearean material:

Music for Shakespeare's Theatre
Gerald Place / Rebecca Hickey / Dorothy Linell
Naxos 8.570708
Hark! hark! the lark
Music for Shakespeare's Company
Bott / Gooding / Cornwell / Varcoe / Parley of Instruments - Peter Holman
Hyperion 66836
Fortune My Foe
Music of Shakespeare's Time
Les Witches
Dorian 93182
Airs & Dances in Shakespeare's Time
Elwes / Stubbs / Musica Antiqua - Christian Mendoze
Pierre Vérany 787092
Music of Shakespeare
Elizabethan Music around 1600
Alba Musica Kyo
Channel Classics 11497
Come, Gentle Night
Music of Shakespeare's World
Ensemble Galilei
Telarc 80556
Shakespeare Songs & Consort Music
Alfred Deller / Deller Consort / Desmond Dupré
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi "40 years Anniversary Edition" 77692
Shakespeare's Musicke
Camerata of London - Barry Mason
Meridian 84198
Orpheus with his Lute
Music for Shakespeare from Purcell to Arne
Catherine Bott / The Parley of Instruments - Peter Holman
Hyperion 67450
Blame not My Lute
Elizabethan Lute Music and Poetry
Ronn McFarlane / Robert Aubry Davis
Dorian 92105
Shakespeare's Englande - Music of his Plays & People
James Griffett / English Consort of Viols - Nicholas McGegan
Griffin 4036
A Distant Mirror / Shakespeare's Music
Folger Consort
Delos 1003

The other recordings in the series by the present ensemble:

Ben Jonson's The Masque of Oberon
Music by Ferrabosco II, Johnson, Holborne
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 446 217
Purcell's Shakespeare
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 446 218
Linley: Shakespeare Ode
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 446 589
Enchanted Island
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 456 505
Shakespeare at Covent Garden
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 456 506
Nutmeg and Ginger
Spicy Ballades of Shakespeare's London
Musicians of the Globe - Philip Pickett
Philips 456 507

And a similar consort recording also directed by Pickett:

Elizabethan & Jacobean Consort Music
New London Consort - Philip Pickett
Linn 011

A couple of recordings devoted to similar theatrical material for differently oriented ensembles:

A Play of Passion
Songs for the Stage and Consort Music
Fretwork / Jeremy Budd / Michael Chance
Virgin Veritas 45007
Shakespeare's Lutenist
Theatre Music by Robert Johnson
Emma Kirkby / David Thomas / Anthony Rooley
Virgin Veritas 59321
The Ladyes Delight
Entertainment Music of Elizabethan England
The Baltimore Consort
Dorian 90252

A couple of other collections featuring some similar music:

Flower of Cities All
Music in London, 1580-1620
The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble - William Lyons
Deux-Elles 1118
Under the Greenwood Tree
Estampie - Graham Derrick
Naxos 8.553442

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Todd M. McComb