Courante: French Baroque Lute Duets
Edward Martin and Thomas Walker have brought together seventeen magnificent duets in this program, gathered from books and manuscripts from all over Europe. In addition to this unique collection of historical pieces they have also brought two new pieces to the repertoire by commissioning Tyler Kaiser to compose new counterparts for well-known historical pieces.
Chaconne (Sarabande) in A Major by Vieux Gaultier (1575-1651) (Counterpartie by Tyler Kaiser)
Canaries by Vieux Gaultier
A review of Courante that was published in the March, 2015 edition of the magazine Early Music Today
Canto y Danza
Songs and Dances from Renaissance Spain
The Chambure Vihuela Quartet is a unique group of musicians who have come together to play the music of Renaissance Spain on the iconic instrument of the time, the vihuela.
Not since the 16th century has a group of vihuelas been heard playing together in a with polyphonic music being played on four instruments of different sizes and for this recording some of the most popular music of the time has been arranged by Tyler Kaiser. There are seven books of vihuela music that survive and at least one piece from each is found on this recording.
The recording is available on CD in a digipack format with a booklet which contains not only the details of the program, but also extensive notes written by John Griffiths where he puts the vihuela group into a cultural and historical context and offers insight into the music and text of the pieces, including translations of the songs from Spanish to English.