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The English Renaissance with the Toronto Consort and Les Witches

Songs and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England.

The Toronto Consort

Photo: Courtesy of the Toronto Consort

The Toronto Consort (left to right--back row): Paul Jenkins, Alison Melville, Laura Pudwell, David Fallis, John Pepper, Terrry McKenna; (front row) Katherine Hill, Ben Grossman, Michele DeBoer.

The Elizabethan Era has been described as a Golden Age for England. This is due, in part, to the music which flourished during the period. The court of Elizabeth I was replete with song, dance, and ceremony. It is no surprise then to discover that the queen, herself, could play the lute, the virginals, and dance the galliard.

The Toronto Consort

The Toronto Consort’s new recording of music of Queen Elizabeth I is a welcome addition to the English Renaissance discography. Their performance is finely polished and beautifully presented. The singers in consort deserve high praise for their excellent ensemble sound.

Les Witches

The 2004 Alpha label recording of Elizabethan music by Les Witches is magical. Like the Toronto Consort, Les Witches presents a terrific program of instrumental and vocal pieces, sometimes combining the two with arrangements. One notable feature is the performance of songs by non-native English speakers with prominent accents. One wonders if this might have been something also true in the Elizabethan Age. I suspect so…

Music Heard On This Episode

Thomas Tomkins: “See, see the sheperd’s queen”
The Toronto Consort/David Fallis — The Queen: Music for Queen Elizabeth I (Marquis Music , 2009)
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Thomas Tomkins: “See, see the sheperd’s queen”
The Toronto Consort/David Fallis — The Queen: Music for Queen Elizabeth I (Marquis Music , 2009)
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John Johnson: The Queenes Treble
The Toronto Consort/David Fallis — The Queen: Music for Queen Elizabeth I (Marquis Music , 2009)
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John Dowland: “Can She Excuse My Wrongs”
The Toronto Consort/David Fallis — The Queen: Music for Queen Elizabeth I (Marquis Music , 2009)
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Peter Philips: Galiarda Dolorosa
Les Witches — Bara Faustus' Dreame - Mr Francis Tregian his choice (Alpha, 2004)
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John Dowland: “Can She Excuse” / Excuse Moy
Les Witches — Bara Faustus' Dreame - Mr Francis Tregian his choice (Alpha, 2004)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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