℗ 2002 Chandos
 

Elisa is the fayrest Quene

QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble

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1
Suite of five Galliards
Anonymous; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
7:51
For the Elvetham entertainment  
2
Elisa is the fayrest quene. Verse 1
Edward Johnson; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:08
3
Com agayne, sweet Nature's treasure
Edward Johnson; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:50
4
Elisa is the fayrest quene. Verse 2
Edward Johnson; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:10
5
Fantasia ('A lesson of Voluntarie)
William Byrd; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
5:21
First Booke of Songes of Ayres of fowre partes  
6
Come again, sweet love doth now invite
John Dowland; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
4:46
7
In Nomine
Robert Parsons; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
2:53
8
Come away, come, sweet love
John Dowland; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
2:57
9
Fantasia
John Coprario; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
2:51
4 divisions on popular tunes  
10
No. 1. Walsingham
Francis Cutting; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
3:12
Pavans, Galliards, Almains and Other Short Aeirs both Grave, and Light in five parts  
11
Pavan
Antony Holborne; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:18
12
Galliard. Lullabie
Antony Holborne; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:12
13
Almaine. The Honey-Suckle
Antony Holborne; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:46
Chromatic (Queen Elizabeth's)  
14
Pavan
John Bull; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
5:59
15
Galliard
John Bull; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
3:20
16
Pavana
Giovanni Bassano; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:37
17
Galiarda
Giovanni Bassano; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
1:25
The first set of English Madrigals  
18
Sweet Love, if thou wilt gaine a Monarches glory
John Wilbye; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
2:46
Suite of Almands  
19
Almand I - Alamand II - Almand III - Almand III ( reprise)
John Wilbye; QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble
5:32
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    58:54
"... (the ensemble) demonstrate their instrumental mastery on a divergent, well-chosen collection ... ideal for fanciful feasts both great and small ... offers a delightful alternative to those who cannot afford the prestige of private courtly musicians. Stylishly set amidst period instruments ... stylized vocals will whisk you away to the courts of yesteryear."
- Renaissance Magazine

On this recording issued to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth I, British ensemble QuintEssential aims to illuminate a small part of the rich tapestry that was Elizabethan music making: the cornetts, sackbuts, the solo voice and the Queen's own instruments, the lute and the keyboard. The album borrows its title from a song by Edward Johnson who is represented here alongside other well known composers as William Byrd, John Dowland, Antony Holborne, John Bull and John Wilbye. Dances by the enterprising composer-publishers Pierre Attaignant and Claude Gervaise fit naturally within the programme, as does a pair of dances by Augustine Bassano, member of an Italian family which left its mark on the court's musical life for over a century.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: St Michael’s Church, Highgate, London; 6–8 February 2001
Recording producer: Nicholas Anderson
Sound engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Assistant engineer: Christopher Brooke
Editor: Christopher Brooke
Front cover: Digital montage incorporating a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I (c. 1600) by an unknown artist
Back cover: Photograph of QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble by John Tramper
Design: Sean Coleman
Booklet typeset by Dave Partridge
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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