Vibrant and colorful, the music here in this collection represents the charm and grace of the Elizabethan era, composed by the world's most historically gifted composers. Performed by a rich plethora of talented musicians, here the listener can sense, hear, and feel the drama and joy of this style through the voice of the lute, the cittern, the bass viol, the flute, the pandora, and the violin. All of these instruments represent the magic and mystery of the 15th and 16th centuries, during the Renaissance. Julian Bream leads the group with the radiance of the lute. Others making their presence are Desmond Dupre, Joy Hall, David Sandeman, Robert Spencer, and Olive Zorian. Released and recorded under the RCA Red Seal label in 1963, the presentation of content is still as fresh and timeless as it was the day it was created. The music derives much of the personality of the theater and drama of the period, including the power of Shakespeare. All of the consort pieces survive from the original text of Thomas Morley, published in 1599. A perfect tribute and a great way to carry on the appreciation of such a romantic art form.
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