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A New Song

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A New Song

Folger Consort, the early music ensemble in residence at Folger Shakespeare Library, releases its first new album in eleven years with A New Song, a musical celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Musical settings of biblical verse and other sacred works from the reigns of England’s James I and James II by composers Henry Purcell, Thomas Tomkins, Orlando Gibbons, and John Blow are complemented by instrumental fantasies and by Purcell, Gibbons, and Giovanni Coprario.


Folger Consort artistic directors Robert Eisenstein (violin) and Christopher Kendall (lute, theorbo) are joined by instrumentalists Risa Browder (violin), Adam Pearl (organ), Alice Robbins (viol, basse de violon), and Henry Valoris (viola) and by Washington National Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble CATHEDRA, under the direction of Michael McCarthy.


Released on Bard Records, A New Song is a studio recording of Folger Consort’s 2011/12 season-opening concert.


Running Time: 77:24


Folger Consort: A New Song track listing


1) My beloved spake Henry Purcell
Song of Solomon 2:10, 16


2) When David heard Thomas Tomkins
2 Samuel 18:33


3) Sonata in F Purcell
Allegro – Adagio – Canzona – Grave – Allegro


4) I was glad Purcell
Psalm 122, Book of Common Prayer, for the coronation of James II


5) Fantasia Orlando Gibbons


6) Be strong and of a good courage Tomkins
Joshua 1:6, for the coronation of James I


7) Suite in D minor for two violins, viol, and organ Giovanni Coprario
Fantasy – Alman – Galliard


8) This is the record of John Gibbons
John 1:19


9) Suite in D major for two violins, viol, and organ Coprario
Fantasy – Alman – Galliard


10) Hosannah to the Son of David Gibbons
Matthew 21:9; Mark 11:9


11) A Ground John Blow


12) Hear, O heav’ns Pelham Humfrey
Isaiah 1:2, 4, 16-18


13) Sonata in G minor Purcell
Largo – Canzona – Largo – Adagio – Presto – Allegro – Adagio


14) Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem Purcell
Psalms 147:12; Isaiah 49:23; Psalms 48:8; Psalms 21:13



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