All in a Garden Green, four seasons of English music

Composer Various Composers
Artist ensemble Le Tendre Amour
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94313
EAN code 5028421943138
Release March 2012

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About this release

A delightful collection of English songs from the 17th century, constructed around the major influence of the four seasons, and showcasing the great enthusiasm for music, particularly amateur music making, that took place during this era.

During the Commonwealth of England (c.1640–1660), music disappeared almost entirely from religious and court occasions. The use of instruments and music in churches was banned, and organs were destroyed by order of the regime – so the public turned to village and tavern musicians, country dances and new musical clubs for music making. Coinciding with the decline of the Elizabethan madrigal, folk music and settings of the famous poets of the day were popular; similarly, keyboard variations on dance tunes and romantic songs for voice and lute were all the rage, and this continued into the years of the Restoration under Charles II. The monarch’s influence can be detected in the French style of some of the later works, featuring oboe and large groups of strings.

This outpouring of inspired music is captured perfectly in this new collection, performed with insight and sensitivity by Ensemble Le Tendre Amour. Composers featured include Purcell, Playford, Morley, Croft, Lawes, Byrd, Eccles, Ravenscroft and, of course, many anonymous works. From bucolic country music to sophisticated pieces for a gentrified city audience, the music provides a vivid soundtrack to life in the turbulent world of 17th century England.

Other information:
- New recording, made in June 2011
- Includes extensive booklet notes and complete sung texts

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Chirping of the Nightingale / Chirping of the Lark
  2. John come kiss me now
  3. Va poco di manera Italiana / Aria Amorosa
  4. No more shall meads be deckt with flowers
  5. Ciaccona
  6. Glory of the West / The Goddesses
  7. Can beauty’s spring
  8. Chaconne
  9. Now ye spring is come
  10. Ground after the Scotch Humour
  11. Ground in C minor
  12. Sweeter than Roses
  13. Greensleeves
  14. All in a Garden Green / Onder een linde groen
  15. Stanes Morris / The Glory of the Sun
  16. O Mistress Mine
  17. The Woods so Wild
  18. The Chestnut / Autumn
  19. Aria
  20. Cold and Raw
  21. When a cruel long winter
  22. Remember O Thou Man
  23. Virgin Queen / An Italian Rant
  24. A Division on a Ground
  25. Here the Deities approve