Stile Antico and Fretwork celebrate a Shakespearean anniversary

Morley
It was a lover and his lass
Byrd
O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
Byrd
Why do I use my paper, ink and pen?
Huw Watkins
The Phoenix and the Turtle
Byrd
Fantasia a 5, ‘Two parts in one in the fourth above’
Tomkins
Be strong and of a good courage
Ramsey
Sleep, fleshly birth
Byrd
Browning a 5, ‘The leaves be green’
Johnson
Full fathom five
Nico Muhly
Gentle sleep
Gibbons
In nomine No 1
Wilbye
Draw on, sweet night

Fretwork
Stile Antico


Today’s concert comes from 2016, when vocal ensemble Stile Antico and viol consort Fretwork combined to celebrate the 400th anniversary year of the death of England’s great bard, William Shakespeare. Their programme contrasts music by Shakespeare’s contemporaries with new settings from Nico Muhly and Composer in Association with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Huw Watkins. In the words of Shakespeare himself, ‘How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music creep in our ears …’

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(From the BBC Proms, 15 August 2016)

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