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Flora gave me fairest flowers

Elizabethan madrigals

The Cambridge Singers
John Rutter (conductor)

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John Rutter directs members of the Cambridge Singers in a programme of English Madrigals.

Track list

  1. Hark, all ye lovely saints above (Weelkes)
  2. Though Amaryllis dance in green (Byrd)
  3. Round about in a fair ring (John Bennet)
  4. Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers (Tomkins)
  5. Flora gave me fairest flowers (John Wilbye)
  6. Sweet Suffolk owl (Thomas Vautor)
  7. As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending (Weelkes)
  8. Lullaby (Byrd)
  9. This sweet and merry month of May (Byrd)
  10. Now is the month of maying (Morley)
  11. A little pretty bonny lass (Farmer)
  12. Fyer, fyer! (Morley)
  13. Too much I once lamented (Tomkins)
  14. My bonny lass she smileth (Morley)
  15. Ha ha! This world doth pass (Weelkes)
  16. Quick, quick, away, dispatch! (Michael East)
  17. Dainty fine bird (Gibbons)
  18. Come again! Sweet love doth now invite (Dowland)
  19. Mother, I will have a husband (Vautor)
  20. Draw on, sweet night (Wilbye)
  21. Sleep, fleshly birth (Robert Ramsey)
  22. Weep, weep, mine eyes (Wilbye)
  23. Death hath deprived me (Weelkes)
  24. The silver swan (Gibbons)
  25. Adieu, sweet Amaryllis (Wilbye)

“Musicianship of an uncommonly high quality, well and thoughtfully presented…” Gramophone

“An absolute joy” Music and Musicians

“This album contains musicianship of an uncommonly high quality, well and thoughtfully presented.  It also has a fair larding of unusual and interesting pieces… The Cambridge Singers include some quite excellent voices, well up to the highest professional standards, beautifully balanced and often exceptionally well in tune. They sing with evident commitment and enthusiasm…. But actually, the main quality here is the flexible and supple rhythm they achieve under John Rutter’s direction.  The music breathes, the singers sound relaxed.  And that means that they can offer the full range of musical moods without any exaggeration. Full texts are provided, together with an essay by John Rutter.” Gramophone

“I do not think there have been many CDs of English madrigals.  This one is an absolute joy.   The music is cleverly chosen and grouped sensibly into a sectional programme, and the performances are of high quality and are most enjoyable. The recordings are also excellent…” Music and Musicians

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