Musicke of Sundrie Kindes

Musicke of Sundrie Kindes
The Consort of Musicke; Anthony Rooley
Catalogue No.

CD 1
Ars Perfecta
The Fruits of Love

CD 2
Les Cris de Paris
Fa La Li Le La

CD 3
Quodlibet: Germany/Spain
Per Cantare e Sonare

CD 4
The Merry Dumps
The Wind of Change

Emma Kirkby, soprano
John York Skinner, countertenor
Kevin Smith, countertenor
Martyn Hill, tenor
Paul Elliot, tenor
David Thomas, bass
Andrew Parrott, vocal conductor
The Consort of Musicke


Recording information

Executive Producer: Raymond Ware
Recording Producer: Peter Wadland
Balance Engineer: Philip Wade
Recording Locations: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, December 1973, January, March 1974; Victoria Cottage, UK, May 1975


‘The first thing to say is that it is an exceptionally interesting selection of music dating from the later fifteenth century to somewhere about 1630. It is restricted mainly to chamber music, although there are one or two items which seem to step outside this sphere. It covers virtually the whole European spectrum, taking in work of the great Netherlanders who dominated several countries in the early part of the period; the minor Italian composers of frottole who resisted this main force; the French composers of the popular polyphonic chansons which broke this stylistic monopoly; German and Spanish songs; madrigals from the major Italian composers who were the ‘new’ generation, finally dispelling the Netherlanders; the English, partly in love with, partly resisting this manner; and finally the music of the early seventeenth century, with its change of direction towards soloistic vocal and instrumental genres. Add dances and other popular music, and there would seem to be little left of the period which is not represented in some way. But do not believe that this is simply an academic approach (though the set will prove extremely useful to schools and all places where they study); there is so much unexplored – and good – music in all these areas that there is none of that paddingout which so often results from an attempt at being comprehensive. … This is an interesting and important anthology, full of beautiful music, never less than efficiently and often very well performed, recorded cleanly yet with sufficient atmosphere. The accompanying booklet provides all the essential material, words and translations, information about the sources and a note which shows how Mr Rooley’s approach to the music is, if unusual, well thought-out. May this venture be the first of many, for there is so much, so very much still to be done.’ Gramophone