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    A Treatie of Humane Love
    I Fagiolini Fretwork Martin Peerson (c15721651) Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique (1630)

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    Catalogue Number: REGCD497

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    Martin Peerson (c1572–1651)
    A Treatie of Humane Love
    Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique (1630)
    I Fagiolini • Fretwork
    James Johnstone  
    organ

    ‘...a deliciously serious foray into the soundscape of early Stuart intellectual and musical society.... the music stands alone and this a standout performance.... Fretwork’s musical mastery and I Fagiolini's trademark incandescent sound are perfectly married in this repertoire. Directors Richard Boothby and Robert Hollingworth find an organic momentum which carries the music from profundity to gentle humour, spotlighting varied textures and accents within these often-characterful vignettes...’
    BBC Music April 2017

    ‘The collective consort is deftly balanced and instantly responsive to every nuance in Peerson’s emotive word-setting, and descriptive characteristics in the music are further emphasised by the singers’ use of historical English pronunciation.’
    Gramophone March 2017

    ‘A Treatie of Humane Love (Regent REGCD 497), featuring the curious and unique anthology Mottects or Grave Chamber Musique by Martin Peerson (1630), surprises, intrigues and captivates... persuasively presented by I Fagiolini and Fretwork, past masters at this kind of thing, with exquisitely detailed word-painting, authentic pronunciation, characterful delivery,and phrasing of the greatest delicacy-what a find!’ Choir & Organ July/August 2017

    ‘Peerson’s music is quite exquisite, and I Fagiolini and Fretwork do it justice on this fine recording. I was particularly impressed by the way that the singers restrained their use of vibrato, making the interplay of contrapuntal lines so much easier to grasp.’
    Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews

    Following on from Fretwork’s acclaimed release on Regent of Sublime Discources (REGCD341), which featured the complete instrumental music of John Milton and Martin Peerson,


    I Fagiolini and Fretwork come together with organist James Johnstone for the première recording of Peerson’s A Treatie of Humane Love.

    Newly edited by Richard Rastall, this collection of song settings of poetry by Sir Fulke Greville, focusses predominantly on the subject of love, making it an ideal counterpoint to St Valentine’s Day.

    Martin Peerson (c1572–1651) has been known since the mid-20th century as an engaging and very performable composer with a highly individual voice; but in his own time he was much respected and published, perhaps the most able of those composers who were not in royal service.

    This release is a major contribution to the discography of 17th century English music in incomparable performances from some of the world’s finest artists in the field.

    What the critics said about Sublime Discources (REGCD341);

    ‘..this is one of the most exquisite recordings to come my way in a long time.’
    American Record Guide March/April 2012

    ‘This apt album title never seems far away during these exquisitely conversational performances of 20 consort pieces in five or six parts. Fretwork play with gentle mastery of affect....this harmonious match of Rastall's scholarly research and Fretwork's fine musicianship is priceless.’
    Gramophone February 2012

    ‘.. playing that ranges from buoyant and capricious to episodes of high seriousness. Throughout, we hear the flawless technique and luminous sound that have helped to establish Fretwork's reputation as one of today's leading viol consorts’
    BBC Music Magazine March 2012

    Love, the delight    3:32       
    Beautie her cover is    3:04
    Time faine would stay    1:46
    More than most faire    3:12
    Thou window of the skie    2:57
    You little starres    1:04
    And thou, O Love    3:04
    O Love, thou mortall speare    2:52
    If I by nature    2:30
    Cupid, my prettie boy    2:52
    Love is the peace    2:43
    Selfe pitties teares    3:48
    Was ever man so matcht with boy?    2:21
    O false and treacherous probabilitie    4:08
    Man, dreame no more    1:43
    The flood that did/When thou hast swept    3:40
    Who trusts for trust    3:40
    Who thinks that sorrows felt      2:35
    Man, dreame no more    4:33
    Farewell, sweet boye    3:01
    Under a throne    3:37
    Where shall a sorrow    2:01
    Dead, noble Brooke    1:59
    Where shall a sorrow (a6)    2:48
    Dead, noble Brooke (a6)    3:22

    Total Playing time:  72:53

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