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Musicians of the Globe: Shakespeare and Oberon

Philip Picket leads the Musicians of the Globe in music from Shakespeare's plays and the Masque of Oberon.

Pihlip Pickett

Photo: Richard Haughton

Philips Picket, director of the Musicians of the Globe.

The Musicians of the Globe is as fine an ensemble as you might find anywhere, a point made evident in their Philips recording of music from Shakespeare’s plays. Directed by Philip Pickett, the ensemble brilliantly performs works by William Byrd, John Dowland, Robert  Johnson, and Thomas Morley.

Thomas Morley: “It was Lover and his Lass” and La Volta
Musicians of the Globe/Philip Pickett — Shakespeare’s Musick: Songs and Dances from Shakespeare’s Plays (Philips, 1997)
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Another excellent Philips recording by the Musicians of the Globe is of a reconstructed court entertainment by Ben Jonson known as the Masque of Oberon. Bringing together dance music and songs by Alfonso Ferrabosco II, Robert Johnson, Antony Holborne, and others, the performance is lush, evocative, and simply rich.

Robert Johnson: The First of the Princes, Melt Earth to Sea – instrumental, and Melt Earth to Sea – chorus
Musicians of the Globe/Philip Pickett — Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Oberon: Music by Ferrabosco II, Johnson, and Holborne (Philips, 1997)
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Thomas Morley: “It was Lover and his Lass” and La Volta
Musicians of the Globe/Philip Pickett — Shakespeare’s Musick: Songs and Dances from Shakespeare’s Plays (Philips, 1997)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Robert Johnson: The First of the Princes, Melt Earth to Sea – instrumental, and Melt Earth to Sea – chorus
Musicians of the Globe/Philip Pickett — Ben Jonson’s The Masque of Oberon: Music by Ferrabosco II, Johnson, and Holborne (Philips, 1997)
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album cover
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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