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William Lawes: Royall Consorts / Les Voix Humaines

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>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 5 in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 2 in D minor
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 6 in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 7 in A minor
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 4 in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 9 in F major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 10 in B flat major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 1 in D minor
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 8 in C major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 3 in D minor

Album Summary

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 5 in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 2 in D minor
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 6 in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 7 in A minor
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 4 in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 9 in F major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 10 in B flat major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 1 in D minor
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 8 in C major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 3 in D minor
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Notes & Reviews:

William Lawes is believed by many to have been the most important English composer of his time. As a musician he was certainly revered and prized by his colleagues in the service of King Charles I. Most of his music was written for entertainments at Court. He was best-known for his inventiveness in chamber music of the kind featured on this CD. Composed in the early 1630s, the Royall Consorts were Lawes's best-known works in his own lifetime. Susie Napper and Margaret Little, the two gambists of Les Voix humaines, have been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists!

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
This is the third complete recording of the revised Royal Consorts. The first, by The Purcell Quartet, appeared in 1995 (released on Chandos), and the second was recorded by the Greate Consort (Sept/Oct 1996). There is very little to distinguish between the three recordings - all are performed by skilled performers on their instruments - but at the moment my recommendation would go to Les Voix Humaines. The experience these musicians have gained through their recording of the William Lawes's Harp Consorts (ATMA 2372) and the Purcell Fantasias (Sept/Oct 2009) is evident in their natural phrasing, ease of transitions, and clarity of texture.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
The players on their period instruments...characterise well, not least in several of the pavens which are much longer and more varied than most of the dances...Happily, the players regularly emphasise the dance element in these pieces, springing the triple-time rhythms infectiously, notably in the vigorous corants.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
The performers are intent on conveying the integrity, the sense of wholeness and seriousness of purpose with which Lawes must have gone into the enterprise. That is to say, they make a performance, an 'event', or an 'occasion' out of this wonderfully melodic and inventive music - and bring it fully to life...They convey the depth and beauty of what Lawes could do.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église St-Augustin de Mirabel, Québec, Canada.



Reviews

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The Lawes brothers, Henry (1596-1662) and William (1602-1645), and occupy an important position in English music between William Byrd (1540-1623) and Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) and the later 17th-century composers Matthew Locke and Henry Purcell. During his own lifetime, William was much respected by his colleagues in the service of King Charles I. Most of his music was written for entertainments at Court. He wrote in many genres, but was best known for his dance music and dramatic works, including masques, and especially for his creativity in chamber music. He studied with the well-known early 17th-century musician Giovanni Coprario (born John Cooper), who taught the bass viol to Prince Charles. When Charles became King in 1625, Coprario was his composer-in-ordinary. Lawes, who developed a reputation as a performer of the new 12-course theorbo (a larger, lower-tuned lute with extra bass strings), was part of this music circle. Lawes's death in 1645 was untimely; during the Civil War, he fought for the King and volunteered for military action at the Siege of Chester, which cost him his life. Lawes's extensive body of music includes the Royall Consorts, composed for two treble instruments (violins or treble viols), two bass viols, and a continuo for two plucked strings. Lawes developed the then-new custom of grouping his instrumental works into collections or suites, which he called "Setts." Each Sett opens with a Paven or a Fantazy, followed by a collection of Almans, Aires, Corants, and Sarabands and sometimes a Morriss, a Galliard, or an Ecco movement. Lawes also composed at least 11 Harpe Consorts.
This 2-CD set contains 10 Setts of Royall Consorts; the performances are, to my ear, exemplary, and the recorded quality is excellent. The well-written program notes are very informative. If early 17th-century music is to your taste, this 2-CD set will surely please you.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 04/08/12 by Ted Wilks 
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Works Details

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 5 in D major
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 2 in D minor
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 6 in D major
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 7 in A minor
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 4 in D major
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 9 in F major
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 10 in B flat major
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 1 in D minor
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 8 in C major
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Royall Consort Suite no 3 in D minor
  • Ensemble: Les Voix Humaines
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance