John Jenkins - Complete Four-Part Consort Music | Signum SIGCD528

John Jenkins - Complete Four-Part Consort Music

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD528

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd March 2018

Contents

About

John Jenkins (1592-1678) is perhaps the most popular English composer of the great golden era of music for multiple viols, ranging from William Cornyshe in 1520 through to Henry Purcell in 1680. The reason why is not hard to fathom: a counterpoint gives each part an equal voice in the musical conversation.

Few other ensembles can match the range of Fretwork’s repertory, spanning as it does the first printed music of 1501 in Venice, to music commissioned by the group this year. Their recordings of arrangements of J.S. Bach have won particular praise, but they have recently issued a disc containing music by Grieg, Debussy, Shostakovitch, Warlock and Britten. This extraordinary breadth of music has taken them all over the world in the 25 years since their debut, and their recordings of the classic English viol repertory – Purcell, Gibbons, Lawes and Byrd – have become the benchmark by which others are judged. Their 2009 recording of the Purcell Fantazias won the Gramophone Award for Baroque Chamber Music.

The consistently high standards they have achieved have brought music old and new to audiences hitherto unfamiliar with the inspiring sound-world of the viol.

“Fretwork is the finest viol consort on the planet.” – Stephen Pettitt, The London Evening Standard

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