Music for the Queen of Scots

A beautifully poised and deliciously played musical biography of Mary Stuart

Author: 
David Fallows

Music for the Queen of Scots

  • (The) Scotch Queen
  • Prince Edward's Paven
  • Departe, Departe
  • Deux Bransles d'Ecosse
  • Premiere suytte de Bransles d'Escosse
  • La, la, la je ne l'ose dire Pierre Certon
  • De tous bien playne
  • De tous biens plaine I
  • Jouissance vous donneray
  • Jouyssance vous donneray
  • Deus misereatur nostri
  • Sanctus
  • Psalm 1
  • Ane lesson upon the - First Psalme
  • Psalm 113, 'Laudate pueri Dominum'
  • Psalm 113 in reports
  • (Ane) Exempill of tripla
  • Richt soir opprest
  • Woe worth the tyme
  • Paven
  • (A) Galliard
  • (A) French Jigg
  • Hutchesoun's Galyiard
  • (The) Last Time I Came over the Mure
  • Lytill Blak
  • Musick Fyne
  • My Delyt
  • (The) Golden Pavan
  • (The) Queine of Ingland's [Galliard]
  • (The) Time of Youth
  • Report upon 'When shall my sorrowful sighing slack

Among the hardest challenges in all music must be to keep over an hour’s worth of recorder quartet-playing alive without resorting to show or virtuosity. When the Flautadors did their earlier CD of consort music by Purcell and Locke they had the help of some absolutely marvellous counterpoint bristling with bizarre invention. But here they succeed brilliantly with a programme of mostly simple and often dour music; and their success is at least partly because they are so fully in control of every detail that they can fascinate the ear by the range of their colours, their articulations, their delicate phrasing, their sheer musicianship. The percussionist who joins them for a few pieces is the very soul of discretion. Some people may think this far too restrained an approach to the secular music of the 16th century; they may even feel that it sits poorly with Mary’s chaotic life; but I find it totally absorbing.

It is also very instructive. The beautifully written booklet-note takes us through Mary’s life (glossing over the gory details
that are easily enough sourced elsewhere) and says just enough about each piece to help you to understand its context. It is even absolutely clear about which pieces are Scottish, or how far they are likely to be Scottish. That is to say that the packaging and presentation are as poised as the playing.

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