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Concerts from the Library of Congress: Pick of the Week

Week of May 14, 2021

Introduction

This Pick of the Week features the 2019 performance of Fretwork with Iestyn Davies. These stars of the early music world dazzle in a striking range of repertoire spanning four centuries. You'll hear English masters old and new: pieces by Byrd, Purcell, and Jenkins from the heyday of the viol to songs by Michael Nyman. Arias from Handel's Giulio Cesare and a vocal "concerto" by Johann Christoph Bach offer a spotlight for a singer of "rapturous virtuosity and uncanny beauty" (The Independent). Partnering with "the finest viol consort on the planet" (Evening Standard, London), Davies conjures breathtaking colors and timbres: a palette perfect for a moment in the sunlit stillness of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Silent Noon.

Pick of the Week - May 14, 2021

Fretwork with Iestyn Davies (performance date: October 16, 2019)

Asako Morikawa, Joanna Levine, Sam Stadlen, Emily Ashton and Richard Boothby, viols
Iestyn Davies, counter-tenor

BYRD

My mind to me
Fantasia “Two parts in one”
Ye Sacred Muses
Browning

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

The Sky Above
Silent Noon

GIBBONS

Fantasia in Four Parts

J.C. BACH

Lamento

GESUALDO

Beltà poi che t’assenti
Dolcissima mia vita
Sparge la notte

LAWES

Consort Set in A minor
Fantazy, Fantazy, Aire

NYMAN

If
Why

JENKINS

Fantasia in Five Parts

HANDEL

Già l’ebro mio ciglio
Passacaille
Piangerò

 

Digital Collections and Resources at the Library of Congress

Conversation with Richard Boothby (event date: October 16, 2019)

Richard Boothby, Fretwork co-founder and viol player, talks to the Library's Anne McLean about the viol, Fretwork's history and its work with contemporary music. Boothby demonstrates one of the Library's viols, the Pieter Rombouts viol from 1708.