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Renaissance Dances: David Munrow, The Early Music Consort of London
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 March 2013
David Munrow was of course an important influence on the development of the early music movement, not just in this country but abroad too. His TV series in the 70s and his 50-odd recordings stand as testiment to his insight and genius. Working with such figures as Christopher Hogwood, Alfred Deller and Nigel North, Munrow injected an energy and enthusiasm which helped propel the genre from being a minority and little-known subset into the exciting and innovative early music industry we have today.

This 2CD set from Virgin comprises two of Munrow's most celebrated recordings: the Susasto Danseryes and the Praetorius Dances from Terpsichore. Also included are a number of dances from England and the Continent.

The first thing to say about these recordings is how fresh and vibrant they sound. Perhaps this has something to do with the digital re-mastering, but whatever it is, the sound is detailed and full. The choice of instrumentation is largely speculative with works of such great age, but Munrow never fails to catch the spirit of the dances, whether in the smaller more intimate pieces or in the splendid and stately larger ensemble works. The build up in intensity through the Susato is spine-tingling, culminating in a richly-jeweled and exaltant performance of La Bataille like no other on record.

A cornerstone of Renaissance instrumental recordings, and a bargain at that!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2008
A varied and lively set of dances, performed with great energy and "gusto" by the Early Music Consort showing off their musicality and wonderful array of instruments on this double CD! A bargain buy for sure!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2009
A Time Machine almost at your fingertips! Just lie back and close you eyes, and enjoy the sounds of the Middle Ages as if you were in the next room in a great Castle, or on the village green on a russet-skied summer evening ...
Just try to stop your feet tapping and your body dancing!
It was David Munrow who inspired my love of Early Music some twenty years ago.

Pity he died so young. What a tragedy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
David Munrow and The Early Music Consort of London inspired countless musicians, including myself, to investigate and play early music on all manner of authentic instruments. They avoided the over-earnestness of some of their predecessors - brilliantly mocked by Kingsley Amis in 'Lucky Jim' - and instead brought out the vigour, the beauty and the variety of the music largely spanning the 12th to 17th centuries. This double collection of 16th and 17th century dances is beautifully played, swings like mad and is fun. Whether the dances sounded like this recording back when they were created we'll never know, but I feel that David Munrow got pretty close to their sound and spirit. We still miss him.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2007
No, please don't buy this with that, as this is that, it is both the Tylman Susato recordings and the Michael Praetorius ones, Dances from Terpsichore, by David Munrow and his talented friends. It also includes pieces by Thomas Morley,Giuseppi Guami, Pietro Lappi, Giovanni Priuli and Giorgio Mainerio. We sadly lost the seed to this, David Munrow taking his own life, but we have the fruit, these recordings. They were inspirational when these recordings first came out on LP, and they remain so, a joy to the ears and the feet...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
David Munrow got me into early music in the late 70s with his superb, inspiring radio programme 'Pied Piper' and the joy never went away: whilst I enjoy classical, jazz, prog rock and French song from Barbara to Dion, in the 'desert island' situation I would still rather listen to early music than anything else, and if there were only one disc I could take, it would be this one. I remember putting the vinyl on the platter not knowing exactly what to expect, and being blown away by the colours and the energy. It is my most prized disc.
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on 5 January 2014
David Munro was an important figure in the revival and popularisation of early music. This compilation uses the instruments of the time in a great number of styles and tempos. The notes included are reasonably comprehensive. Anybody who likes this style of music will enjoy these recordings.
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on 28 May 2015
As a longstanding fan of David Munrow since the days of Pied Piper, this was a joy to listen to again in CD form.
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on 6 January 2015
A fine collection even though it was recorded in the early 70s it still sounds fresh and lively to me. Very good.
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on 28 May 2015
Repurchased as lost previous copy. Excellent music. Shame David Munro died so young.
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