Friday, January 16, 2009

Renaissance Suite

David Munrow & The Early Music Consort Of London (1974)



David Munrow was perhaps the greatest exponent of early music before his untimely death in 1976. He will be familiar to folk fans from his work in the late 60s with Young Tradition, Shirley & Dolly Collins and John Renbourn.

For some reason this album seems to have never been released on CD - perhaps because it is a soundtrack to an obscure French film about bicycle racing rather than an award winning television serial. This though, really deserves re-release. Here you'll find dance tunes from Praetorius and Susato along with original compositions by David Munrow.

Tracks
1. Triumph
(Hans Hassler: Intrada VI & VII from "Lustgarden")
2. They're off
(Bransle double de Poictou & Bransle gay double from Praetorius' "Terpsichore")
3. Training
(David Munrow: Bagpipe solo I & Bagpipe solo II)
4. On the Road
(Basse danse "Dont vient cela" from Tielmann Susato's "Dancerye")
5. Complaint
("O death rock me asleep" Anon., 16th c.)
6. In the Mountains
(Bransle simple from Praetorius' "Terpsichore")
7. The six days of Grenoble
(David Munrow)
8. The Dream
("Tristan's Lament" Anon., Italy, 14th c.)
9. The Race Against Oneself
(David Munrow)
10. Why Suffer
("Consonanze Stravaganti" Giovanni Macque)
11. Effort
(Basse galliarde from Pierre Phalèse "Premier livre de Danseries" & Galliarde from Praetorius' "Terpsichore")
12. End Music
(Variations on "La folie d'Espagne", Corelli & Division flúte (1706))

DL

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5 Comments:

Blogger Fran Solo said...

This is a really gem for Munrow's work (R.I.P).
Thanks a lot for sharing this masterpiece!

06 March, 2009 11:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

having trouble downloading, i do not know what username to use, thanks

18 January, 2010 08:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a fan of classic cycling, and the movie to which this is the soundtrack "La Course en Tete" and thus fell in love with Early Music...

Does anyone know where I can find this album, have they produced it to any other media besides vinyl?

Cheers,

philippe

16 April, 2010 10:22  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not thank you enough. I made the DL and got the music electronicly! Amazing!

I will cycle to this every Sunday!
Thank you for sharing the joy of music around the world!

Philippe

16 April, 2010 10:47  
Blogger Edmundiño – a cyclist said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I discovered David Munrow through falling in love with La Course en Tete. Watching Rene Grelin crack on the Tourmalet and abandon, with 'O Death Rock me Asleep' is one of the most beautiful and tragic moments in film I have witnessed.

28 January, 2012 21:49  

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