The Elfin Knight: Ballads & Dances from Renaissance England

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The Elfin Knight: Ballads & Dances from Renaissance England
Joel Frederiksen (coloratura basso profondo) / Ensemble Phoenix Munich

[ Harmonia Mundi Gold / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 10 August 2018

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Telling stories in song - this is the vocation of Joel Frederiksen, a deep bass with an exceptional timbre. Accompanying himself on the lute or surrounded by his own ensemble based in Munich, this extraordinary musician invites us to discover popular ballads belonging to both English and American traditions. He transcends his scrupulous musical and historical research to bring back to vivid life a whole forgotten world, sometimes redolent of the age of chivalry, sometimes firmly rooted in everyday reality. A spellbinding experience!

"the lion's share of the singing goes to Frederiksen, whose rich, clear bass seems capable of an almost infinite degree of tonal shading. His diction is impeccable, as is his taste" International Record Review


1 Whittingham Faire (The Elfin Knight) Anonymous 2'45
2 Walsingham Anonymous 2'37
3 Greensleeves Anonymous 3'26
4 Go from my window Anonymous 2'06
5 Go from my window John Dowland 1'27
6 Lord Darly Anonymous 6'55
7 Fortune, my foe Anonymous 6'48
8 My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home John Dowland 1'28
9 Farewell, adieu that courtly life Anonymous 2'06
10 Brave Lord Willoughby Anonymous 5'10
11 Yonder comes a courteous Knight Thomas Ravenscroft 5'48
12 La bouree Nicolas Vallet 0'30
13 Willie O'Winsbury Anonymous 5'44
14 Gigue Rowallen Lute Book 0'42
15 The Lover's Tasks (The Elfin Knight) Anonymous 1'02
16 Farewell, lovely Nancy Anonymous 2'59
17 Watkin's Ale Anonymous 5'34
18 London's Lotterie Anonymous 2'57
19 Barbara Ellen Anonymous 7'25
20 Untitled and Corne yairds Rowallen Lute Book 2'20
21 Ane Scottis Dance Rowallen Lute Book 0'51
22 London Anonymous 3'50
23 Scarborough Faire (The Elfin Knight) Anonymous 4'03