A Souldiers Resolution : The First Part of Ayres / Miriam Morris
Successfully launched in both Melbourne and Adelaide, this disc presents counter-tenor Christopher Field and outstanding viol player Miriam Morris in a rare recording of renaissance composer Tobias Hume's The First Part of Ayres - the first collection of music to appear in England devoted exclusively to the lyra viol and bass viol.
The music, diverse in the extreme, ranges from the bawdy to the fashionably melancholic. Other than grouping by key and dance type, such progressions as Deth, Life, Good againe, A Question and An answere, show a distinctly programmatic flair. We are constantly reminded of Hume's military calling with echoes of the battleground in such pices as A Souldiers Resolution. Set amongst the learned part-writing of the viol consort composition of such contemporaries as Lawes and Ferrabosco, one can only imagine a solitary existence for this wild card protagonist of a relatively new style for his chosen instrument.
A must for all early music devotees!
Faine would I change that note
A Souldiers Resolution
What greater griefe
The Duke of Holstones Almaine
My Mistresse hath a prettie thing
Adue sweete Love
Be merry a day will come
Beccus an Hungarian Lord his delight
The second part
Captaine Humes Pavin
Press Quotes“an attractive program ... this is a rare and worthy entry to the catalogues. 3 stars”
— Christopher Price, Goldberg Magazine“this excellently produced and packaged Australian disc offers special delights ... expressive and engaging”
— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times“This new recording by Australia's finest viola da gamba player deserves a spot on every early music lover's shelf ... Miriam Morris ... has a wide dynamic range, and her technique allows her to extract the rich resonance which is so important on the gamba, especially in solo music”
— Michael O'Loghlin, Early Music Society of Queensland“Miriam Morris plays Hume's music with affectionate fluency ... The recording communicates the warmth and nobility of the instrumental sound”
— Roger Covell, Sydney Morning Herald“on this fine recording ... Morris negotiates the not inconsiderable technical demands of the music with warm-toned assurance, drawing an expressive palate of sounds from her Australian-made seven stringed bass viol.”
— Alan Maddox, MCA Music Forum“The sounds that emerge from this well-recorded disc are lean and refreshing.”
— Raymond Chapman Smith, The Advertiser“I liked Miriam Morris's playing very much ... her engagement with the music comes through and got me hooked. Christopher Field's light, clean, sweet countertenor is a good foil to the bass viol ... Move is to be commended”
— Katherine Kemp, ABC 24 Hours
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