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The Winter It Is Past: Renaissance and Traditional Music of England, Ireland and Scotland
"Simply a delight to listen to!"
"Outstanding for its warmth, clarity and rhythmic vitality", Jim Lowe,Times Argus
This recording features English Country dance tunes collected by John Playford, a couple of English Renaissance dances by Anthony Holborne, O'Carolan pieces arranged in a Renaissance style in 5 parts, Scottish bagpipe tunes and Irish and Scottish folk songs including the title track written by the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns.
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Arvolera, Amid the Trees:
Music of the Sefardic Jews
"The Fyre and Lightning Consort presents this fascinating music on a variety of early instruments, and with a musicality that is sometimes lacking in other interpretations. Absolutely beautiful, first to last.." Andy's Front Hall
Medieval Spain was the meeting ground of Islam and the Christian West. The history of medieval Spain consists largely of the shifting of power between the Christians and Muslims, with the Jews always in the middle.
The Jews had probably been in Spain since the time of Solomon (1000 BC). Jews were instrumental in helping the Moors to successfully invade Spain in 711 AD. Under the Moors the Jews prospered.
After about 1136, Judaism was again forbidden and Jews were persecuted. In 1492, the Spanish Inquisition caused the Expulsion of the Jews. Most crossed the Mediterranean settling in Turkey and around the Mediterranean basin. They carried with them an enormous body of folk songs, sung in Ladino (similar to old Spanish with some Hebrew thrown in).
The songs on this recording are some of our favorites and portray the richness of Sefardic culture. Although it is believed that these songs were mostly sung a capella, we have arranged them for our collection of early instruments as we feel that this only adds to the power of the music.
Five hundred years after Columbus, it is both fitting and important to celebrate the rediscovery of the music of the Sefardic Jews.
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Fyre and Lightning From
"Nice arrangements, beautifully played. Vermont is lucky to have musicians as talented and diverse as these." Andy's Front Hall
Featuring Renaissance music from England, France and Flanders, Irish music and Contemporary music composed for us by our very own consort member, Dennis Murphy
The title (and our name) comes from the first line of a duet by Thomas Morley in his First Book of Canzonets to Two Voyces (London, 1595)
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