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  • The Orlando Consort
    is the last recording featuring tenor Charles Daniels Together with founding members Robert Harre Jones Angus Smith and Donald Greig Charles Daniels helped create the fascinating programs and the exquisite sound of the Orlando Consort The Toledo Summit Harmonia Mundi HUM 907328 a brilliantly conceived collection by the Orlando Consort a crackerjack quartet of male singers Twenty on pieces in seventy five minutes and wonder of wonders through all that

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  • The Orlando Consort
    Orlando Consort and Perfect Houseplants but in view of this extraordinary album I will now be seeking it out What makes this collaboration unique is the subject the contributors have fashioned a modern Mass out of the medieval melody The Armed Man Groundbreaking Classic FM magazine For the Houseplants and the Orlandos the boundaries are between eras five centuries apart and between ears jazz enthusiasts who might balk at the high pitched men s voices and early music devotees unused to the clatter of jazz Yet most artists have a talent for collaboration that crosses the borders of language culture time and space The best way to appreciate such albums is to listen in the generous spirit in which they were made The Guardian On this spectacular CD the Orlando Consort and Perfect Houseplants create a fusion of jazz and medieval music that is truly breathtaking The combination of the Consort s impeccable vocal harmonies and the Houseplants improvisational wizardry miraculously captures the musical essence of each The CD is a modern Mass for the Feast of St Michael replete with the traditional musical accoutrements of such a work But above and beyond the construction there is a sublime co mingling of lithe piano and sax solos parallel vocal harmonies and incisive rhythmic displays that illuminate the commonalities of invention and expression that these seemingly disparate musical forms share across the centuries Redludwig com a rich and subtle jazz setting of the Roman Catholic Mass on Harmonia Mundi composed by eight more Brits the combined forces of the Orlando Consort male vocal group and the jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants The New Yorker For an outsider the world they ve created is quirky and a bit difficult to comprehend at first But you also can accept the prospect that these world

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  • The Orlando Consort
    has survived but the pieces included in this anthology provide vivid testimony to this astonishingly rich and varied repertoire Read David Vernier s review at ClassicsToday com in which he has given The Call of the Phoenix the highest possible marks for both artistic and sound quality The Orlando Consort functions on a consistently high level both in programming and in execution this group quickly came to match the excellence of the best male vocal ensembles anywhere not just in England and this is as good an example of their singing as we have had Don t hesitate to ad this to your shelf It won t remain there unplayed for long Fanfare March April 2003 Our male quartet offers virtuosic readings both in their polished shapeliness and an exciting intensity in timbre and forward momentum Exquisite Wet Paint Their performances here are outstanding both in flawless technique and stylistic insight They display a keen sense of how the music movies The phrasing and pacing are always on the mark The readings are elegant and shapely with an eloquence that seems to transcend expression in the ordinary sense It is hard to imagine this music better performed American Record Guide Nov Dec 2002 Virtuosic readings both in their polished shapeliness and an exciting intensity in timbre and forward momentum exquisite Nebraska Public Radio They have honed their distinctive rich plummy sound to near perfection and their interpretative intelligence shows no sign of letting up Be it one of the period s best known pieces like Frye s Ave regina celorum or an otherwise unheard work like the striking anonymous Stella celi that opens the disc their ability to communicate something of a sense of discovery in each piece is remarkable And what glorious music it is I ll wager that

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  • The Orlando Consort
    One to relish for those who like wassailing and cooking is the innovative early music singers new CD Food Wine and Song on the Harmonia Mundi label As well as a score of songs sacred and secular on the subject of eating and drinking the beautifully produced with the elder Breughel s Peasant Wedding on the cover package incorporates a booklet of medieval recipes brought up to date by knowledgeable

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  • The Orlando Consort
    all a terrific sense of the achievement of these pieces especially in the massive O virgo virginum Delicious Performance Sound BBC Music Magazine Like great Renaissance paintings great Renaissance music can transcend its own time to reveal the essence of our humanity Josquin was arguably the greatest of Renaissance composers The disc contains 16 examples of his art including the sevenfold motet cycle Vultum tuum deprecabuntur and ranging from the early Christe Fili Dei whose top line is here experimentally sung to the text of the secular song on which it is based to the Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem a heartfelt tribute from one composer to another It s fascinating to follow the development of Josquin s language from medieval decorative artifice in Ut Phoebi radiis for instance to the intensely expressive polyphony of De profundis clamavi where structure and emotion are as one The Orlando Consort s performances are staggeringly beautiful The Sunday Times Josquin Desprez c1455 1521 was one of the greatest of renaissance polyphonists and the Orlando Consort s scrupulous performances of some of his most magnificent achievements using new and specially prepared editions of the motets do full justice to his invention and imagination In works

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  • The Orlando Consort
    Ian Carr BBC Music Magazine in truth this is a fine mix of early music and jazz The music creeps up on the listener a couple of plays was enough to convince me Yorkshire Evening Press A most striking collaboration by the brilliantly original jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants and acclaimed medieval vocal ensemble the Orlando Consort The Garbarek Hilliards Officium recording is an obvious reference point but Extempore is the

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  • The Orlando Consort
    are such that they should satisfy not only the most demanding music lover for whom the perfect sound and model diction provide a real treat but also the musicologist in search of performances that match historical facts The result is therefore an exceptional one a master class which once again highlights the artistic status of the Orlando Consort Goldberg Magazine performed with consummate musicianship and compelling energy by the Orlando

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  • The Orlando Consort
    Repertoire Listen to the Orlando Consort Contact Us USA October 2015 blog USA January 2016 blog USA February 2016 blog home bookmark contact Mystery of Notre Dame As we may expect they present the music with remarkable lyricism and sweetness They sing with such refined intonation that the music is irresistible required listening for anybody who loves this music Gramophone Deutsche Grammophon Archiv 453 487 2 Full track details from

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