of Noy, Notes of Joy
venture into Scottish early music is a first for Temple Records
- the label known mainly for its emphasis on traditional Scottish
music. It is also the recording debut for The Rowallan Consort.
Formed in 1994 by Robert Phillips and William Taylor, they uniquely
combine the sound of the lute and the wire-strung harp (clarsach)
to beautiful effect. With guest singers Mhairi Lawson and Paul
Rendall, they have researched and perform songs and music
dating from 1400-1700.
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A - G refer to CD notes
1. Come my Children, dere
2. Joy to the personne of my love
4. A Port
5. A Daunces: Grein Greus ye Rasses
6. I long for thy virginitie (lute solo)
7. I long for thy virginitie (clarsach solo)
8. The Canaries
9. Defiled is my name (Robert Johnson)
10. In Nominie
11. Com palefaced death
12. The Lady Louthian's Life
13. Ladie Laudian's Life
14. My Ladie Laudian's Lilt
15. Lyk as the lark
16. Lyke as the dumb solsequium
17. Depairte, depairte
18. For lov of one
19. Ane Exempil of Tripla
20. Ane lessone upon the first psalme
21. Ane lessone upon the secund psalme
22. Gypsies Lilt
23. Corne yairds
24. (A Scots Tune)
The Rowallan Consort
This recording is dedicated to Zan, Alex, Anna and Neil.
Music and Songs Arr by Robert Phillips and
William Taylor-Published by Kinmore Music
TEMPLE RECORDS COMD 2058
|Instruments:||Harp,Lute and Voice|
|Genre:||Scottish Early Music|
The Rowallan Consort - Early Scottish Music for Lute, Clarsach and Voice
The Rowallan Consort was formed in 1994 by Robert Phillips and William Taylor to explore early Scottish music for lute and clarsach. This debut recording presents, for the first time on record, the exquisitely combined sound of the wire-strung Highland clarsach with the lute, in a rich and varied programme, including popular tunes and songs from the 16th century, as well as instrumental pieces and court songs by some of the greatest masters of the Scottish Renaissance.
'Notes of Noy (sadness); Notes of Joy' refers to two of the ancient divisions of Scottish music.
Robert Philips is recognised as Scotland’s foremost lutar and is in demand by many ensembles. Specialising in the Scottish lute repertoire, he has performed the fruits of his research on radio and in concert throughout Scotland. Determined to revitalise the Scottish lute, he has initiated a lute course at Napier University in Edinburgh and gives workshops and performance lectures in schools and colleges. To this end, he has published "Music for the Lute in Scotland" (Kinmore Music) which includes pieces in tablature and transcription, along with an essay on the history of the lute in Scotland.
William Taylor is a specialist in the performance of historical Irish, Scottish and Welsh harp music. He was awarded the title of 'US National Clarsach Champion' in 1992, and is one of the very few players to use exclusively fingernail technique on small historical harps. He is a member of the Highland vocal and early instruments ensembles Musick Fyne and Coronach, and also performs with the Cardiff-based trio Lyrae Cambrenses. He is frequently invited to both teach and perform within the UK, and Europe.
Robert & William are joined for this recording by two young Scottish singers of growing international stature - Mhairi Lawson and Paul Rendall. Recent TV and radio broadcasts have brought Mhairi Lawson to the fore, along with concerts in Europe, the USA and Canada. A recent recording of Haydn songs with Russian fortepianist Olga Tverskaya has been released on Opus III.
Paul Rendall, a native Orcadian, performs regularly with the Scottish vocal group Capella Nova, and in many other ensembles both on Scotland and abroad. He has studied early vocal technique with James Bowman, the King's Consort and Catherine Mackintosh.
|For further information regarding The Rowallan Consort write to The White House, Inveresk, Midlothian EH21 7TG.|