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14 Tales of Mystery: Early Music from the British Isles / Quadriga Consort

Album Summary

>Traditional, English : Holland Handkerchief
>O'Carolan, Turlough : Seán O Conchubhair (John O'Connor)
>Traditional, English : The Undaunted Female
>Traditional, English : The Unquiet Grave
>Anonymous : Newcastle
>Newerkla, Nikolaus : The Standing Stones of Orkney
>Traditional, English : Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie, Hinney!, music hall song (tune "Darling Nellie Grey")
>Traditional, Icelandic : Poison Ivy Leaf
>O'Carolan, Turlough : Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill
>Traditional, American : MacAfee's Confession
>Anonymous, English : The Rich Old Lady
>Latvian Traditional : We two sisters
>Traditional, English : Nobody's Jig, dance melody (from John Playford's "The English Dancing Master")
>Traditional, Icelandic : The maid of Cabra West
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salzhof, Freistadt, Austria (03/24/2013-03/28/2013).

The Quadriga Consort specializes in performing arrangements of folk songs from the British isles, and their recordings typically follow a unifying theme, as in the case of 14 Tales of Mystery, the group's 2014 release on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. This collection of ballads from England, Ireland, and Scotland (with one, MacAfee's Confession, being an Appalachian song), relates tales of murder, revenge, and supernatural visitations. At the center of the album is soprano Elisabeth Kaplan, who sings with a richly lyrical tone that is almost too lovely for the contents of some of the songs, and she softens the grimness of The Holland Handkerchief, The Unquiet Grave, Geordie, and The Rich Old Lady. While the ensemble plays early music instruments, such as viols, recorders, and harpsichord, the arrangements have a distinctly updated feeling, because leader Nikolaus Newerkla has found an intriguing balance between old Baroque period sounds and modern popular rhythms that has considerable appeal for crossover audiences. ~ Blair Sanderson



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>Traditional, English : Holland Handkerchief
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.

>O'Carolan, Turlough : Seán O Conchubhair (John O'Connor)
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, English : The Undaunted Female
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.

>Traditional, English : The Unquiet Grave
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.

>Anonymous : Newcastle
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.

>Newerkla, Nikolaus : The Standing Stones of Orkney
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, English : Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie, Hinney!, music hall song (tune "Darling Nellie Grey")
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Written: 1850s

>Traditional, Icelandic : Poison Ivy Leaf
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>O'Carolan, Turlough : Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, American : MacAfee's Confession
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.

>Anonymous, English : The Rich Old Lady
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.

>Latvian Traditional : We two sisters
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Traditional, English : Nobody's Jig, dance melody (from John Playford's "The English Dancing Master")
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Written: by 1651

>Traditional, Icelandic : The maid of Cabra West
  • Ensemble: Quadriga Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval