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The Tudors - I Love, Alas

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The Tudors - I Love, Alas
The Tudors - I Love, Alas


First issued by Argo in 1969 under the title 'Elizabethan Words and Music', this anthology of madrigals, poetry and pieces for lute is the latest reissue by Eloquence from the Purcell Consort of Voices. 'Metaphysical Tobacco' (480 7740) is another reissue as part of 'The Tudors', an Eloquence series which focuses on the composers who made England and especially London a capital for music in the 18th century. Musicweb International says of this recording: "The recorded sound is good, and the discs give you a window into a lovingly crafted historical experience." The Purcell Consort of Voices was among the leading UK-based vocal ensembles in the early-music revival of the 1960s and 1970s. Its founder, Grayston Burgess, was schooled in the foremost Continental groups such as the Leonhardt Consort and Thomas Binks's Studio der Frühen Musik. One singer to a part, light voices, clean attack, lively rhythms: these were the performance principles followed by Leonhardt, Binks and Burgess, who in turn paved the way for the likes of the Schütz Choir of London and the Monteverdi Choir. Such principles ideally suit the Elizabethan aesthetic which is explored on this album through a telling juxtaposition of well-known works by the madrigal-masters Gibbons, Weelkes and Tomkins. They are linked by galliards of John Dowland (played by Robert Spencer) and the poetry of Sir Philip Sidney, recited by the actor Jeremy Brett, who was best-known for playing Sherlock Holmes in a long-running British TV series. 'It is a very pleasurable collection indeed. The madrigals are all excellent The performances are good, toothose which demand sustained singing are done extremely well.' Gramophone, January 1970


  1. Name
  2. DOWLAND: My Lady Richs Galliard
  3. SIDNEY: Loved I Am And Yet Complain Of Love
  4. MORLEY: I Love, Alas, I Love Thee
  5. WEELKES: Lady, Your Eye My Love Enforced
  6. HOLBORNE: The Countess Of Pembrokes Paradise
  7. SIDNEY: O Fair, O Sweet, When I Do Look On Thee
  8. WILBYE: Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting
  9. WEELKES: Sing We At Pleasure
  10. SIDNEY: All My Sense Thy Sweetness Gained
  11. VAUTOR: Lock Up, Fair Lids
  12. ANONYMOUS: Loth To Depart
  13. GIBBONS: Ah, Dear Heart, Why Do You Rise
  14. SIDNEY: My Mistress Lours
  15. WEELKES: My Phyllis Bids Me Pack Away
  16. KIRBYE: See, What A Maze Of Error
  17. DOWLAND: My Lord Willobies Welcome Home
  18. SIDNEY: With Two Strange Fires
  19. WARD: Hope Of My Heart
  20. VAUTOR: Never Did Any More Delight
  21. TOMKINS: Come, Shepherd, Sing With Me
  22. SIDNEY: My Lute, Within Thyself Thy Tunes Enclose
  23. PILKINGTON: Of Softly Singing Lute
  24. ANONYMOUS: Sir Philip Sidneys Lamentation
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