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King's Singers
Triumph Of Oriana

Song NameComposer
Hence stars! too dim of light Michael East
With angel's face and brightnessDaniel Norcombe
Lightly she whipp o'er the dalesJohn Mundy
Long live fair Orianakings.htmlOrlando Gibbons
All creatures now are merry-mindedJohn Bennet
Fair Oriana, beauty's queenJohn Hilton
The nymphs and shepherds dancedGeorge Marson
Calm was the air and clear the skyRichard Carlton
Thus Bonny-boots the birthday celebreatedJohn Holmes
Sing, shepherds all, and in your roundelaysRichard Nicolson
The fauns and satyrs trippingThomas Tomkins
Come, gentle swainsMichael Cavendish
With wreaths of rose and laurelWilliam Cobbold
Arise, awake, awakeThomas Morley
Fair nymphs I heard one tellingJohn Farmer
The lady OrianaJohn Wilbye
Hark! did ye ever hear so sweet a singing?Thomas Hunt
As Vesta was from Latmos hill descendingThomas Weelkes
Fair Orian, in the morn John Milton
Round about her charretOrlando Gibbons
Bright Phoebus greets most clearlyGeorge Kirbye
Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at follyRobert Jones
Fair Cytherea presents her dovesJohn Lisley
Hard by a crystal fountainThomas Morley
Come, blessed ByrdEdward Johnson

The Triumphs of Oriana is an extravagant musical compliment paid to England's Elizabeth I by Thomas Morley, published in 1601. It consists of 25 madrigals by 23 different composers, each madrigal concluding with the refrain, "Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana: Long live fair Oriana." Oriana was a character in a chivalric romance long equated with Elizabeth, and Diana, goddess of chastity, would certainly attend the Virgin Queen. However idealized their pastoral setting, many of the madrigals are excellent, those by Bennet, Weelkes, Cavendish and Morley are well known. As a whole they captured the musical imagination of the time and they continue to intrigue-for instance, who is the mysterious "Bonny-boots" who appears in two of the songs? The soaring tenor and falsetto voices of King's Singers, England's brilliant, prolific male sextet, were made to perform this difficult, eclectic collection. Picking favorites, beside the four previously mentioned, is not easy: Tomkins' "The fauns and satyrs tripping" is lovely, as is "With wreaths of rose and laurel" by Cobbold and "Fair nymphs I heard one telling" by Farmer. "Triumphs" is a choral joy, an ode to a beautiful fantasy from long ago-sung by six men whose voices and talent are fortunately very real. Extensive, interesting liner notes.

Item code: 6971C | 1 CD | $16.98 add item to cart
Early Music | A Cappella | Male | England

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