Performers: Wendy Gillespie, Richard Campbell, William Hunt, Julia Hodgson, Susanna Pell, Richard Boothby (viols); Michael Chance (countertenor - tracks #5, #16 & #17), Paul Agnew (tenor - track #9)
Playing time: 76'
Recording dates: April & May 1996 (Suffolk)
There is a large variety of material here, most of it oriented to string technique. Some of the modern works include voice, but the string ensemble is always more-or-less typical in its deployment. The contrast with the "true" consort repertory as well as with the 15th century arrangements is noticeable depending on the piece, but the program as a whole has a nice coherence.
Several pieces are divided into two sections (for unknown reasons), but not played twice.
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