Orlando Gough - The World Encompassed: Sir Francis Drake’s Circumnavigation of the Globe
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Cat No: SIGCD453
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 2nd June 2017
WorksPavin of Albarti
The World Encompassed
De la court
The song called trumpets
Simon Callow (narrator)
Fretwork, shortlisted for an RPS Award 2016 and in their 30th anniversary year, have commissioned British composer Orlando Gough to recreate this remarkable journey in sound, in a work for viol consort that combines music from 16th-century England with the ‘sounds’ that these musicians would have heard and perhaps tried to recreate on their journey: from the rebab and the gamelan, to the mesmerising chanting of the Native Americans. The result is a musical narrative of one of the most significant achievements of the English Golden Age and an evocation of the earliest musical encounters between east and west.
This premiere recording is interspersed with narration from 'The World Encompassed', one of the first literary accounts of the journey, read by Simon Callow.
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