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Sublime Discourses: John Milton and Martin Peerson - The Complete Instrumental Music / Sophie Yates, virginals; Fretwork

Audio Samples

>Peerson, Martin : Acquaintance, fantasia a 6 in G minor, P3/2
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G minor, P3/3
>Peerson, Martin : Beauty, fantasia a 6 in G major, P3/4
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/5
>Peerson, Martin : Piper's Pavan, P6/2
>Peerson, Martin : Chowse, fantasia a 6 in D major and minor, P3/6
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/7
>Peerson, Martin : Delicate, fantasia a 6 in D minor, P3/8
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/9
>Peerson, Martin : Alman, P6/1
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 1 in G minor, M16
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 3 in G major, M18
>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia a 6 in D minor, P3/10
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in D major, P3/11
>Peerson, Martin : Attendite, fantasia a 5, P3/1
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 2 in A minor, M17
>Milton, John : In nomine ("If that a sinner's sighs"), for voice & ensemble, M15
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 4 in D minor, M19
>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia a 6 in G major, P3/12
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/13
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/14
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 6 no 5 in A minor, M20
>Peerson, Martin : The Fall of the Leafe, for harpsichord, P6/3
>Peerson, Martin : The Primrose, P6/4
>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia a 6 in D minor, P6/15

Album Summary

>Peerson, Martin : Acquaintance, fantasia a 6 in G minor, P3/2
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G minor, P3/3
>Peerson, Martin : Beauty, fantasia a 6 in G major, P3/4
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/5
>Peerson, Martin : Piper's Pavan, P6/2
>Peerson, Martin : Chowse, fantasia a 6 in D major and minor, P3/6
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/7
>Peerson, Martin : Delicate, fantasia a 6 in D minor, P3/8
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/9
>Peerson, Martin : Alman, P6/1
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 1 in G minor, M16
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 3 in G major, M18
>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia a 6 in D minor, P3/10
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in D major, P3/11
>Peerson, Martin : Attendite, fantasia a 5, P3/1
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 2 in A minor, M17
>Milton, John : In nomine ("If that a sinner's sighs"), for voice & ensemble, M15
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 5 no 4 in D minor, M19
>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia a 6 in G major, P3/12
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/13
>Peerson, Martin : Almaine a 6 in G major, P3/14
>Milton, John : Fantasia a 6 no 5 in A minor, M20
>Peerson, Martin : The Fall of the Leafe, for harpsichord, P6/3
>Peerson, Martin : The Primrose, P6/4
>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia a 6 in D minor, P6/15
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording contains the complete instrumental music of John Milton (1562-1647) and Martin Peerson (1572-1651) performed by Fretwork, an early music ensemble, who has set new standards in the performance of English music for viol consort.

BBC Music Magazine
Fretwork here unveils some obscure but engaging works from the golden age of English consort...Fretwork responds with playing that ranges from buoyant and capricious to episodes of high seriousness. Throughout, we hear the flawless technique and luminous sound that have helped to establish Fretwork's reputation as one of today's leading viol consorts.

Gramophone
This apt album title never seems far away during these exquisitely conceived performances of 20 consort pieces in five or six parts. Fretwork play with gentle mastery of affect...Sophie Yates exercises her beguiling touch in four keyboard pieces by Peerson...The generation of composers active in the years prior to the English Civil War is somewhat forgotten, so this harmonious match of Rastall's scholarly research and Fretwork's fine musicianship is priceless.

Musica-dei-donum.org
The music is of fine quality and the performances are outstanding. The liner-notes by Richard Rastall include all the information one needs to fully appreciate the repertoire and the interpretations.

American Record Guide
..this is one of the most exquisite recordings to come my way in a long time.

A major new release from 2009 Gramophone Award-winning artists, FRETWORK. With additional contributions from Michael Chance and Sophie Yates. The first recording of the complete instrumental music of two unjustly neglected 17th century English composers, Martin Peerson and John Milton (father of the poet) Includes all the works for viol consort, all the solo keyboard works and the single song with viol consort accompaniment. 23 of the 25 items are new to the catalogue. A significant and invaluable contribution to the discography of 17th century English music in incomparable performances from some of the worlds finest artists in this field. Sadly this was one of the final recordings that Richard Campbell made with Fretwork before his death in March 2011.

All the consort music by Martin Peerson - all, except Attendite, in 6 parts - and all that of John Milton, the poet's father, including the extraordinary In Nomine, texted, and sung by Michael Chance. In addition all the keyboard music played on the virginals by Sophie Yates.



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Works Details

>Peerson, Martin : Acquaintance, fantasia à 6 in G minor, P3/2
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in G minor, P3/3
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Beauty, fantasia à 6 in G major, P3/4
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in G major, P3/5
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Piper's Pavan, P6/2
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Chowse, fantasia à 6 in D major and minor, P3/6
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in G major, P3/7
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Delicate, fantasia à 6 in D minor, P3/8
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in G major, P3/9
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Alman, P6/1
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Milton, John : Fantasia à 5 no 1 in G minor, M16
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Milton, John : Fantasia à 5 no 3 in G major, M18
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia à 6 in D minor, P3/10
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in D major, P3/11
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Attendite, fantasia à 5, P3/1
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Milton, John : Fantasia à 5 no 2 in A minor, M17
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Milton, John : In nomine ("If that a sinner's sighs"), for voice & ensemble, M15
  • Performer: Michael Chance (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Milton, John : Fantasia à 5 no 4 in D minor, M19
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia à 6 in G major, P3/12
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in G major, P3/13
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Almaine à 6 in G major, P3/14
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Milton, John : Fantasia à 6 no 5 in A minor, M20
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : The Fall of the Leafe, for harpsichord, P6/3
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : The Primrose, P6/4
  • Performer: Sophie Yates (Virginal)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Peerson, Martin : Fantasia à 6 in D minor, P6/15
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: The National Centre for Early Music, York, England (01/17/2010-01/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque