Pellingmans’ Saraband: Twenty waies upon the bels

Pellingmans’ Saraband: Twenty waies upon the bels
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PictureMusic by Thomas Ravenscroft, Thomas Robinson, John Johnson, Robert Smith, Nicholas Lanier, Thomas Campion, and Anon.

The distinguished viola da gamba and lute performers, Susanna Pell and Jacob Heringman, have been musical colleagues for some 27 years, and husband and wife since 1999. But it is only comparatively recently that they have started performing together as a duo, generally near to their home in Richmond, North Yorkshire: a very welcome addition to the non-London musical scene. This is only their second CD together although, on the basis of this excellent offering, I would hope for many more.

PictureThe basis for their programme is ‘circular music’, here represented by ‘grounds and rounds’ in the form of instrumental grounds (divisions/variations), lute songs based on grounds, and rounds from Thomas Ravenscroft, here sung four male singers. For the lute songs, they are joined by the excellent soprano, Faye Newton (pictured). The exquisite clarity and focus of her voice fits the musical style perfectly. Continue reading

Spitalfields Music: Cries of London

Spitalfields Music: Cries of London
Red Byrd, Fretwork
St Leonard’s, Shoreditch. 4 December 2015

Spitalfields Music approach their 40th anniversary year with an ever increasing reputation of inspired support and encouragement for music in the Tower Hamlet area of east London. Alongside their Summer and Winter Festivals, they run an enormous programme of community projects, reachinThe Cries of Londong some 30,000 people a year. Their latest Winter Festival opened (in Shoreditch parish church) with a very apt programme based on the early 17th century vogue for composing music based on the hubbub of London’s street sellers and criers, reflecting a tradition of loudly publicising wares that exists to this day in placed like the nearby Petticoat Market.

In a well-planned programme built around Orlando Gibbons’ Cries of London and Richard Dering’s Country Cries Continue reading