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  • Conductor: David Skinner
  • Composer: Anthony Holborne, Hayne Van Ghizeghem, William Byrd, John Dowland, Henry VIII, et al.
  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Gift of Music
  • ASIN: B001F6EDHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. The Honie-suckleThe Elizabethan Consort 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Book of Songs, Book 1: Rest awhile, you cruel cares: Rest a while you cruell caresThe Elizabethan Consort 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Consort No. 15The Elizabethan Consort 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Consort No. 9Lynda sayce 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. The fruit of loveThe Elizabethan Consort 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. My love hath vow'dThe Elizabethan Consort 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. If Love Now ReignedMartin Souter 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Dulcis amica DeiAlamire 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Pastyme with Good CompanyAlamire 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. AmorettaThe Elizabethan Consort 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
11. Book of Songs, Book 1: If my complaints could passions move: If my complaints could passions moveThe Elizabethan Consort 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
12. Consort No. 16The Elizabethan Consort 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
13. Consort No. 5The Elizabethan Consort 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Consort No. 10Lynda sayce 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Whoever thinks or hopes of love for loveThe Elizabethan Consort 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. The Honie-suckle (II)The Elizabethan Consort 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. The image of melancholyThe Elizabethan Consort 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. The cradleThe Elizabethan Consort 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
19. Book of Songs, Book 1: Come again, sweet love doth now invite: Come again, sweet love doth now inviteThe Elizabethan Consort 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
20. A Voluntarie: for my ladye nevellThe Elizabethan Consort 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
21. Si fortuneMartin Souter 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
22. Alles regretzAlamire 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
23. Muy lindaThe Elizabethan Consort 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Good Companye: Great Music from a Tudor Court

A musical journey back in time - to the world of the jesters and music makers of the royal chamber. Stately dances, gentle lute music and wistful love songs make up this programme of beautiful and elaborate sixteenth-century music from the Tudor courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

The Tudor courts were amongst the most glamorous and cultured of Europe. Henry VIII was nothing if not a showman, and he brought many musicians to court where they were encouraged to write music and perform it. The King himself was well versed in music and he also played and composed. The grace and beauty of the music he encouraged became a symbol of his authority, an authority which did not go unnoticed in the cities and courts of Europe from whence he was showered with artistic and musical gifts, some of which we have also recorded for The Gift of Music (see, for example, CDG1154). Many of the works on the present album are taken from Henry s own manuscript music collections, including his own instrumental compositions and the works by the Flemish composers Prioris and van Ghizeghem. Henry s most famous vocal work, Pastime with good companye , gives the album its title.

Poetry was as important as music at this time, and so we have included several songs in which the composers sought, above all, to express the words in simple, but artful, form. Our songs are mainly Elizabethan: Henry s daughter managed a household and court as sumptuous and elaborate as her father s, and had an ear for a good tune, favouring some composers such as William Byrd with riches and privileges, and a great deal more tolerance than she gave many of her non-musical subjects. Anthony Holborne s instrumental consort music gives the album a fine start, and we include famous songs by Rossetter and Dowland.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jeffels on 7 Jan. 2015
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A good collection of English music of the period, with a mixture of both the lively and the more contemplative
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on 7 Oct. 2013
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I wanted some medieval stye music to play to a group of children for some Tudor dancing and this CD fits the bill very well.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Darreld E. Studie on 6 Oct. 2011
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I absolutely love the music of the renaissance period in europe. This CD is the best one I've heard yet. Well worth the price.
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Jolly and reminiscent of the Tudor Court
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By Valerie Long on 7 Nov. 2014
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Just loved this album. Would recommend.
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