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Lawes / Blaze, Kenny, Outram, MacDonald, Carter, Kelly

Album Summary

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, song for voice & continuo
>Lawes, Henry : Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute
>Lawes, Henry : Oh, that joy so soon should waste, for voice & lute
>Lawes, Henry : Sweet stay awhile
>Saman, René : Monsieur Saman his Coranto, for lute (no 4 in "A Varietie of Lute-Lessons")
>Lawes, Henry : Amarillis, by a spring, for voice & theorbo
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Oh, let me still and silent lie, for voice & theorbo
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Oh, my Clarissa, thou cruel faire, song for voice & continuo
>Lawes, Henry : From the heav'ns now I fly, for voice & theorbo
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite No 6 in D major
>Lawes, Henry : Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseen, for voice & theorbo
>Lawes, Henry : Oh sweet woods, the delight of solitariness
>Lawes, Henry : Tavola
>Lawes, Henry : Loves Sweet Repose
>Lawes, Henry : No Reprieve
>Hely, Cuthbert : Fantasias, (4) for lute
>Lawes, Henry : Slide soft, you silver floods, song for voice & continuo
>Hely, Cuthbert : Sarabande for lute
>Lawes, Henry : When shall I see my captive heart?
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Alman
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Corante I
>Lawes, William [Composer] : A Dreame
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Corante II
>Lawes, Henry : The Angler's Song
>Lawes, William [Composer] : When man ffor sinne thy judgement feeles, verse anthem for voice & continuo
>Lawes, Henry : A Pastoral Elegie
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Notes & Reviews:

"Ultimately this is a disc for conoisseurs--of countertenor singing and of the particular style of 17th-century English song--but anyone who enjoys good singing and congenial melody, uncomplicated by inflated or unduly busy accompaniment, will easily appreciate this generously programmed recital (73 minutes) featuring Robin Blaze, joined by some of today's most accomplished period singers and instrumentalists... Blaze sings with his customary lustrous, silvery tone and interpretive intelligence; the other singers offer pleasing variety if not quite the same level of artistic acuity. The instrumental playing is uniformly excellent, and the accompaniments to the singers are tasteful and well-balanced." -Classics Today (9/10)

'The Lawes brothers tend to be thought of mainly as composers of instrumental consort music, but this outstanding disc reveals them in a fascinating new light as highly accomplished songwriters... William Lawes's searingly tragic Oh, Let Me Still and Silent Lie and Henry's darkly atmospheric A Tale out of Anacreon are particularly fine examples of the impassioned declamatory soliloquy... This sensitivity is fully matched by Robin Blaze, in whom the brothers have found their ideal interpreter. His exquisitely controlled expressiveness ensures that the tiniest emotional nuance in text and music makes its best effect' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This delicious survey gives a fair idea of the brothers' range, extending from William Lawes' simple Gather ye Rosebuds to Henry's limpid Sweet Echo ... Suavely and sensually performed by Blaze and Kenny ... the disc offers an exquisite image of a little-understood era' (Independent on Sunday)

'On this engaging tour of the melancholy but colourful world of the Lawes brothers we are conducted by alto Robin Blaze and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, both at the height of their powers. Blaze soars with ease throughout the alto range while Kenny's sympathetic accompanimnet is a model of its kind' (Early Music Forum of Scotland News)

'This excellent CD highlights the unjustly neglected musical legacy of two of England's most influential seventeenth-century composers ... The appeal of this recording ... lies in the ensemble's sensitivity to the poetry that is at the foundation of this music. Furthermore, it is not only Robin Blaze and his trademark musical eloquence that makes us truly feel the poignant nuances interwoven into the tapestry of the Lawes songs. In Kenny's hands, her instruments speak with equal persuasiveness, creating a rich continuo texture that amplifies and extends the music's emotional content' (Goldberg)

'Blaze's countertenor voice is unfailingly a delight to hear in this quasi-Italianate repertoire' (International Record Review)

'I find it impossible to imagine better exponents of this idiomatic music than Robin Blaze and Elizabeth Kenny. Blaze has many gifts: not only a perfectly-tuned and controlled voice, but one that is intrinsically beautiful, and an unsurpassed vehicle for English words ... Kenny backs him up perfectly, providing a great deal more than simply accompaniment: like Blaze, she can paint every note in a different colour, contributing enormously to the story-tellng and to the beauty of these performances. The dark tones of her theorbo are a wonderful support to his voice. She also contributes scholarly and fascinating programme notes' (Early Music Review)

'This is a valuable anthology, carefully conceived and lovingly executed ... Robin Blaze is heard mostly at his considerable best ... The true foil to Blaze's eloquence is Kenny's sensitive and fluent lute' (Gramophone)

'This is a magnificent disc ... it compels interest and feeling throughout ... Listening to this CD encapsulates this experience of a vanishing supremacy. Beauty, transience, mourning. Et in Arcadia ego. Robin Blaze is by now the doyen of English counter-tenors, Elizabeth Kenny a fine luteinist (as well as universally loved in her profession). Blaze sings with magnificent diction; Kenny's lute-playing is expressive and sympathetic. The supporting cast, especially Rebecca Outram (soprano) is also excellent ... This Hyperion production is the real thing' (Musical Pointers)

'This is music of the utmost fragility and nostalgia and one has to take profound care with the harmonic gentleness and hidden nuances of these unique treasures. All singers and instrumentalists lend wonderful support with the contributions of Robin Blaze and Elizabeth Kenny particularly arresting. Another excellent issue for the Lawes discography which as expected is beautifully recorded and presented' (Classical.net)



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>Lawes, William [Composer] : Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, song for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1648

>Lawes, Henry : Anacreon's Ode, call'd The Lute (English text), for voice & lute
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Oh, that joy so soon should waste, for voice & lute
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Sweet stay awhile
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1620-1630

>Saman, René : Monsieur Saman his Coranto, for lute (no 4 in "A Varietie of Lute-Lessons")
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1640

>Lawes, Henry : Amarillis, by a spring, for voice & theorbo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Oh, let me still and silent lie, for voice & theorbo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Oh, my Clarissa, thou cruel faire, song for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; William Carter (Guitar); Frances Kelly (Double Harp); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1652

>Lawes, Henry : From the heav'ns now I fly, for voice & theorbo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite No 6 in D major :: Corant
  • Performers: William Carter (Theorbo); Frances Kelly (Double Harp); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that liv'st unseen, for voice & theorbo
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite No 6 in D major
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Oh sweet woods, the delight of solitariness
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : Tavola :: In quel gelato core una voce, song for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1663

>Lawes, Henry : Loves Sweet Repose :: Amidst the myrtles as I walk, song for voice & contino
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; William Carter (Lute); Frances Kelly (Double Harp); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1663

>Lawes, Henry : No Reprieve :: Now, now Lucasia, now make haste
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Hely, Cuthbert : Fantasias, (4) for lute
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1640

>Lawes, Henry : Slide soft, you silver floods, song for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1663

>Hely, Cuthbert : Sarabande for lute
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : When shall I see my captive heart?
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Alman
  • Performers: William Carter (Lute); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Corante I
  • Performers: William Carter (Lute); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : A Dreame :: I laid me down upon a pillow soft
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Robert MacDonald (Bass)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1646

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Corante II
  • Performers: William Carter (Lute); Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, Henry : The Angler's Song :: Man's life is but vain, for 'tis subject to pain, song for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1663

>Lawes, William [Composer] : When man ffor sinne thy judgement feeles, verse anthem for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1646

>Lawes, Henry : A Pastoral Elegie :: Cease you jolly shepherds
  • Performers: Robin Blaze; William Carter (Lute); Frances Kelly (Double Harp); Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (05/03/2006-05/05/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque