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  • Dryden's Music for a While, set by Purcell, also gave the title to Iestyn Davies's morning recital with Fretwork, where the immaculate sound of Davies's countertenor did beguile all cares.

    Iestyn Davies & Fretwork/New London Chamber Choir

  • This Fretwork print in cactus green is an organic cotton and hemp blend:

    Fab Fabrics: Bold Organic Prints from Thea and Sami

  • Now playing: Fretwork - Pavan: ‘Lachrimae Antiquae’

    Mission Impossible IV: Escape the Embarrassment | Diane Duane's weblog: "Out of Ambit"

  • Fretwork reading-desks, rich windows of stained glass, Navajo blankets for portières, petrified wood panels, cactus-wood screens, and numberless other articles have been offered from various sources.

    Three Girls in a Flat

  • Fretwork Harmonia Mundi HMU 907560; two CDs; $19.98.

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  • Not long ago the idea of arranging the "Goldberg" Variations for an ensemble seemed outlandish, but Richard Boothby, who made this lively edition for Fretwork, the British viol consort of which he is a member, points out that even a piano version is an arrangement.

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  • Most of the composers Mace was fond of were English, though his collection documents his fondness for Monteverdi as well, and Fretwork accounted for that with a reading of one of Monteverdi's madrigals, "Dolcemente dormiva la mia Clori," in which the spirit and inflection of the original vocal writing came through with remarkable clarity.

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  • Much of the material came from his new Decca album, a repackaging of two of his recent discs: "Playing the Piano," a collection of solo reveries, and "Out of Noise," a grittier project involving dissonance, environmental ambience and contributions from other performers, including the English viol consort Fretwork and the

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  • Highlights for me include the overdotted French-overture style of Contrapunctus 6, the predominantly chromatic three-voiced Contrapunctus 8, the wonderful four-part triple fugue of Contrapunctus 11, the clear communication of the subtleties of the canons and, of course, the unfinished Contrapunctus 14 on three new themes, including B-A-C-H, which Fretwork considers the most plausible climax of Bach's developing polyphonic masterpiece.


  • But this recording by Fretwork, which features a performance of the Art of Fugue for viol consort is probably my favorite; it's certainly the one that I listen to the most.



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