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A Taste of Folger Consort: Circa 1610

Enjoy a preview of the various styles of music and composers you will hear during Folger Consort's 2009/10 season, Circa 1610. Simply click on the "Listen" icons below to hear sample recordings. You may also download these tracks for personal use on your iPod or other mp3 player by right clicking on the "Listen" icon and selecting "Save Target As..."

Three balletti

Ride e scherzo, crudel

Io foco son, voi ghiaccio

Poi che rotto ha il laccio amore


Enjoy the graceful rhythms and attractive melodies of three Gastoldi balletti that Matteo Ricci may have introduced to his friends in Beijing!  Hear more at A Harmony of Friends , October 2-4 at the Folger.


By Giovanni Gastoldi. With Robert Eisenstein, viol, recorder; Christopher Kendall, lute; Scott Riess, recorders; Tina Chancey, viol, violin; Tom Zajac, recorders; From the Folger Consort recording Of Kindly Lust and Love’s Inspiring. Pastoral and passionate music from Italy to Elizabethan England. Bard Records, 1993.


In dulci jubilo


This Christmas favorite was recorded in concert in Folger’s Elizabethean theatre and is an example of the festive music of Michael Praetorius, the most prolific German composer of the early 17th century.  Hear more at our holiday concert, In Dulci Jubilo, December 11-20 at the Folger. 


By Michael Praetorius. With Johana Arnold, soprano; Robert Mealy, violin; Wendy Gillespie, viol; Robert Eisenstein, violin, viol; Christopher Kendall, lute; Recorded in concert in the Elizabethan Theatre at Folger Shakespeare Library, December, 2003.


Nisi Dominus, Psalm 126


This is a bold introduction to Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers—a work that remains both retrospective and startling new.  Join the Folger Consort January 8-9, 2010 as we return to the Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the 400th anniversary of this timeless masterpiece.


By Claudio Monteverdi. With Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Amanda Balestrieri, soprano; Robert Petillo, tenor; Peter Becker, baritone; Timothy Leigh Evans,tenor; Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor; Grant Herreid, tenor; Francois Loup, baritone; Robert Petillo, tenor; James Shaffran, baritone; Bryce C. Westervelt, tenor; Lauri Bennett, violone; Risa Browder, viola; Ryan Brown, principal violin; Michael Collver, cornett; Robert Eisenstein, violin; Nina Falk, viola; Grant Herreid, theorbo; Christopher Kendall, archlute; Steven Lundahl, trombone; John Moran, cello; Mack Ramsey, trombone, cornett; Dan Stillman, trombone; James Stimson, theorbo; Kiri Tollaksen, cornett; Webb Wiggins, organ. Recorded in concert at Washington National Cathedral, January 9, 1999.


Branle simple; double


German composer Praetorius published a collection of French dances called Terpsichore after the muse of dance. This piece from his collection would have been featured in court entertainment. Hear more at Ballets and Brawls, March 19-21, 2010 at the Folger.


By Michael Praetorius. With Robert Eisenstein, recorder; Christopher Kendall, lute; Scott Reiss, recorder. From Divisions on an Ayre, Lute Songs and Instrumental Music circa 1600. Bard Records, 1991.


Amarilli mia bella


With a single vocal line, making it distinct from the madrigals of its time, this beautiful song was well known, not only in Italy, but also in England where a version was included in the 1610 anthology A Musicall Banquet. Hear this tune and others at A Musical Banquet the Folger, April 9-11, 2010.


By Francesca Caccini. With Drew Minter, countertenor; Christopher Kendall, lute.  From the Folger Consort recording Of Kindly Lust and Love’s Inspiring: Pastoral and passionate music from Italy to Elizabethan England. Bard Records, 1993.

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