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Countertenor Iestyn Davies and the viol consort Fretwork present a new recording of works for viol consort and voice, drawn from 17th Century Germany, following their critically praised 2019 album of works by Michael Nyman and Henry Purcell.

Featuring performances from organist Silas Wollston and countertenor Hugh Cutting, the recital ranges widely over the 17th Century - from the early years with three curiously similar sounding friends: Schein, Scheidt and Schütz, to the most significant member of the Bach family before Johann Sebastian, Johann Christoph Bach.

From there they travel down the North Sea to the foothills of the Alps, including Buxtehude’s predecessor at the Marienkirche in Lübeck - Franz Tunder (whose daughter Buxtehude he was to marry) - and another north German composer who worked in Copenhagen, Christian Geist.

Giovanni Felice Sances is an outlier here: he was born in Rome but spent the second part of his life working for three successive Emperors in Vienna, where viol playing was still very much in vogue.

In 2021, Fretwork celebrate their 35th Anniversary. In the past three and a half decades they have explored the core repertory of great English consort music, from Taverner to Purcell, and made classic recordings against which others are judged. In addition to this, Fretwork have become known as pioneers of contemporary music for viols, having commissioned over 40 new works.

Iestyn Davies is a British countertenor widely recognised as one of the world’s finest singers, celebrated for the beauty and technical dexterity of his voice and intelligent musicianship. Critical recognition of Iestyn’s work includes two Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, a RPS Award for Young Singer of the Year, the Critics’ Circle Award and recently an Olivier Award Nomination. He was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2017 for services to music.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Tunder, Franz
01 Salve mi Jesu 05:54 $ 0.80 USD
  Composer: Scheidt, Samuel
02 Canzon super ‘o Nachbar Roland’, Sswv 66 05:57 $ 0.80 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Christoph
03 Ach dass ich Wassers g’nug hätte (Lamento) 07:50 $ 1.06 USD
  Composer: Schein, Johann Hermann
  Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 14 06:29
04 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 14: I. Paduan 03:20 $ 0.45 USD
05 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 14: Ii. Gagliarda 00:43 $ 0.10 USD
06 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 14: Iii. Courente 00:47 $ 0.11 USD
07 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 14: Iv. Allemande & Tripla 01:39 $ 0.22 USD
  Composer: Schütz, Heinrich
  Geistliche Chor-music, Op. 11
08 Geistliche Chor-music, Op. 11: Auf dem Gebirge, Swv 396 05:00 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Schein, Johann Hermann
  Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 7 06:24
09 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 7: . Paduan 03:12 $ 0.43 USD
10 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 7: I. Gagliarda 01:23 $ 0.19 USD
11 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 7: Ii. Courente 00:54 $ 0.12 USD
12 Banchetto Musicale, Suite No. 7: V. Allemande & Tripla 00:55 $ 0.12 USD
  Composer: Geist, Christian
13 Es war aber an der Stätte 08:36 $ 1.16 USD
  Composer: Tunder, Franz
14 An Wasserflüßen Babylon 03:19 $ 0.45 USD
  Composer: Scheidt, Samuel
15 Canzon super Cantionem Gallicam Sswv 67 04:51 $ 0.65 USD
  Composer: Sances, Giovanni Felice
16 O dulce nomen Jesu 05:21 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Schein, Johann Hermann
  Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam
17 Christ unser Herr zum Jordan Kam 05:01 $ 0.68 USD
  Album total 64:42
ComposerBach, Johann Christoph
Geist, Christian
Sances, Giovanni Felice
Scheidt, Samuel
Schein, Johann Hermann
Schütz, Heinrich
Tunder, Franz
Counter-tenorCutting, Hugh
Davies, Iestyn
OrganWollston, Silas

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