Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The Flaming Fire - Mary Queen of Scots and her World
There are some real treasures here, such as "The Third Time" by Thomas Tallis (the theme that Ralph Vaughan Williams would use for a set of variations centuries later). Some of the composers, such as William Byrd and Robert Johnson should be familiar to listeners who enjoy the English renaissance repertoire. Scottish composers such as John Black, James Lauder, and David Peebles may be less well-known, but their music is of comparable quality.
Don't expect jigs and reels with The Flaming Fire. This is, for the most part, a quiet and serene program. Not lugubrious, but there is a touch of melancholy in many of the selections. I found the program both evocative and restful, removed from the hurly-burly of daily life -- whether of this century or the 16th.
The Flaming Fire: Mary Queen of Scots and Her World
Parthenia; Ryland Angel; Dongsok Shin
MSR Classics 1490