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William Cranford (fl. 1630): Consort Music for 4, 5 and 6 Viols / Loren Ludwig & John Rozendaal, treble viol; Kivie Cahn-Lipman & James Waldo, tenor viol; Zoe Weiss, bass viol

Album Summary

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 6
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 2
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 4
>Cranford, William : Quadran Pavan a 6, for consort
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 3
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 1
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 5
>Cranford, William : Passamezzo Pavan a 6, for consort
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 3
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 1
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 2
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 4
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 5, for consort no 2
>Cranford, William : Go from My Window a 5, for consort
>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 5, for consort no 1
>Cranford, William : In Nomine a 5, for consort
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

LeStrange Viols' modern premier recording of the chamber music of William Cranford on the Olde Focus Recordings division is the first major single-composer release by an American viol consort in more than two decades. Little is known about the life of composer William Cranford (fl. 1630s) beyond his remarkable surviving chamber music for viol consort, a Renaissance string ensemble that attracted the best English composers from William Byrd to Henry Purcell. Cranford's music - by turns sonorous, expressive, quirky, and forward looking - represents some of finest surviving writing for the ensemble.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Audio in Yonkers, NY.



Reviews

Beautifully performed
William Cranford is something of cipher. Most sources list his dates as "flourished around 1630." But lasting fame doesn't always equal talent. There was a big demand for consort music during the reign of the Stuarts (James I and Charles I). Cranford -- along with Williams Lawes and John Jenkins -- who supplied that demand.

Culled from various 17th century maunscript collections, Lestrang Viols have compiled a fascinating program of Cranford's music. Most of the selections are fantasias. These works have a serene flow to them, and yet are full of memorable tunes and motifs. Cranford's originality makes his counterpoint slightly at odds with the norm and gives these pieces a little spice

LeStrange Viols has a beautiful ensemble blend, and each performer is a master of their instrument. Sometimes viols can sound harsh and strident, but not so here. The tone is warmly rich, and delicate. For me, the image the ensemble's sound conjures up is a lattice of spun sugar -- fragile, yet beautiful.

Highly recommended for every fan of early music.
Submitted on 12/04/15 by RGraves321 
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>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 6
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Ensemble: LeStrange Viols
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 2
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 4
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Quadran Pavan a 6, for consort
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 3
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 1
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 6, for consort no 5
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Passamezzo Pavan a 6, for consort
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 3
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 1
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 2
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 4, for consort no 4
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 5, for consort no 2
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Go from My Window a 5, for consort
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : Fantasia a 5, for consort no 1
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cranford, William : In Nomine a 5, for consort
  • Performers: Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Tenor Viola da gamba); Douglas Kelley (Bass Viola da gamba); Loren Ludwig (Treble Vla da gamba); John Rozendaal (Treble Vla da gamba); James Waldo (Tenor Viola da gamba); Zoe Weiss (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque