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The Cries of London / Hillier, Fretwork, Theatre of Voices

Album Summary

>Gibbons, Orlando : The Cryes of London, consort song in 2 sections for 5 voices & 5 viols
>Cobbold, William : New fashions
>Gibbons, Orlando : Fantasia a 3 (Music for the Double Bass), no 4, MB19
>Weelkes, Thomas : The Cries of London, for 5 voices
>Dering, Richard : Fantasia no 1 a 6, for viol consort
>Dering, Richard : The City Cries, for chorus
>Gibbons, Orlando : Go from my window, variations in 6 parts for viols, MB40
>East, Michael : In the merry month of May, song
>Dering, Richard : Sweet Muses, song
>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
>Dering, Richard : The Country Cries, for chorus
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In this lively and varied collection, Paul Hillier leads Theatre of Voices and viol consort Fretwork in a selection of settings from 'The Cries of London.' In these fascinating works, viol consort accompanies - sometimes comically, sometimes poignantly - the raucous voices of 16th-century London's streetvendors, mendicants, tradesmen, river-taxis and town criers. The melodies, the rhythms and the pulse of daily life in the England of Shakespeare and Elizabeth I are made extraordinarily present in these works by composers from that place and time, including Orlando Gibbons (private virginalist to the Prince of Wales and organist at Westminster Abbey), Richard Dering, Thomas Ravenscroft (who as a teenager collected and published popular songs and ballads) and Thomas Weelkes (the organist at Winchester Cathedral). "Hillier's great artistry, and the marvelously smooth interaction among members of his vocal group, define, as well as any single force can, both the 800-year void and the enthralling similarities between music of vastly different cultures." -LA Weekly

The Daily Telegraph
Theatre of Voices enters infectiously into the extrovert spirit of the pieces and Fretwork's elegantly expressive playing of Gibbons and Dering fantasias provides an effectively contrasted touch of sophistication.



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Works Details

>Gibbons, Orlando : The Cryes of London, consort song in 2 sections for 5 voices & 5 viols
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cobbold, William : New fashions
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : Fantasia a 3 (Music for the Double Bass), no 4, MB19
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : The Cries of London, for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dering, Richard : Fantasía no 1 à 6, for viol consort
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dering, Richard : The City Cries, for chorus
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gibbons, Orlando : Go from my window, variations in 6 parts for viols, MB40
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>East, Michael : In the merry month of May, song
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dering, Richard : Sweet Muses, song
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Ravenscroft, Thomas : There Were Three Ravens, for voice(s) & ensemble
  • Performer: Else Torp (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1611

>Dering, Richard : The Country Cries, for chorus
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Notes: Oxford, Church, The Old Rectory, Orford, Suffolk, England (06/30/2005-07/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque