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An Elizabethan Songbook
Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

Sing a song of joy [2.06] (ensemble)
Breake Now My Heart and Dye [2.11] (Joel Frederiksen and lutes)
Woo Her and Win Her [2.29] (Anne Azéma and instruments)
The Peaceful Western Wind [3.07] (Karen Clark and instruments)
I Care Not For These Ladies [2.10] (Joel Frederiksen and lutes)
Courante on "I care not for these Ladies" (arr. Cohen) [0.47] (instrumental)
Faine Would I Wed [3.47] (Noel Bisson and instruments)
Now Hath Flora Robb'd Her Bow'rs [2.43] (Azéma, Clark, lutes, bass viol)
Move Now With Measured Sound [1.47] (instrumental)
Rest, Sweet Nymphs [3.27] (William Hite and ensemble)
Edward Johnson (fl.1572-1601)

Eliza Is The Fairest Queen [2.02] (Bisson, Azéma, Clark and instruments)
Anthony Holborne (c.1545-1602)

The Honeysuckle [2.30] (instrumental)
Heigh-ho Holiday [0.48] (instrumental)
Thomas Ford (c.1580-1648)

What Then Is Love Sings Coridon [3.19] (Anne Azéma and instruments)
Philip Rosseter (c.1567-1623)

What then is love but mourning [2.08] (Karen Clark and lutes)
John Daniel (c.1564-1626) What thing is love? [0.44]

(Anne Azéma, Karen Clark, William Hite, Joel Frederiksen,lutes and bass viol)
John Dowland (c.1563-1626)

Galliard "Shall I strive" [2.04]
Sorrow, come (arr. William Wigthorp) [3.16] (Karen Clark and bowed strings)
Shall I sue [3.33] (William Hite and instruments)
Francis Pilkington (c.1562-1638)

I sigh, as sure to wear the fruit [4.22] (Azéma, Clark, Hite, Frederiksen and lute)
Robert Jones (fl.1597-1615)

Sweet Philomel [2.27] (Noel Bisson, Anne Azéma and instruments)
John Bartlett (fl.1606-10)

A pretty duck, there was [2.50] (William Hite, Joel Frederiksen and instruments)
Robert Johnson (c.1583-1633)

Witty wanton [3.04] (instrumental)
Thomas Vautor (c1600-1620)

Mother, I wilt have a husband [1.41] (Bisson, Azéma, Clark and instruments)
Thomas Morley (1558-1602)

Sing we and chant it [3.05] (ensemble)
The Boston Camerata: Anne Azéma, Noel Bisson, soprano; Karen Clark, mez. soprano; William Hite, tenor; Joel Frederiksen, bass, lute; Jesse Lepkoff, flute,recorder; Robert Mealy, violin; Card Lewis, treble and bass viol; Lynn Tetenbaum, tenor viol; Emily Walhout, bass viol; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute and guitar; Joel Cohen, lute and cittern.
Recorded Memorial Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, USA, 22 May 1997
Notes in English, Français, and Deutsch. Song texts in English and Français.
WARNER ELATUS 2564 60332-2 [63.26]



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Comparison recordings:
Alfred Deller, Campion songs. l’Oiseau-Lyre LP
Rene Soames, Campion: ‘I care not for these Ladies’ DGG Archive LP
Drew Minter, ct; Paul Odette, lute. Campion songs. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907023

Having years ago been profoundly moved by Deller’s performance of Campion’s "Never Weather-beaten Sail" I eagerly plunged into listening to this disk hoping for more of the same. This was only to find that most of the songs are presented in multiple parts, with only "I Care not for These Ladies" sung as a solo, and not so well as on the other recordings. The style of the performances is hence a good deal more extroverted than Deller’s very intense personal versions. The Boston Camerata in this instance sounds to this reviewer like a talented amateur group.

Beginning with a rather solemn "Song of Joy," vocal ensembles are not first rate — well, maybe "Mother, I will have a Husband" and "Sing We and Chant It" are pretty good. The ladies do quite well in solos, sounding just a bit like boys, even at times leaning toward Elizabethan pronunciation. The men’s voices are accurate and open, their accents very American with the startling exceptions of "coomfort" and "loo-la-bye." Instrumentalists are all highly skilled if not always dazzling. Nowhere do we encounter that infectious sense of fun and mischief that some — for instance, the Baltimore Consort — regularly achieve.

Paul Shoemaker



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