Yes, yes, this is a capital example of musically taking a 180° turn. This is a magnificent disc of Renaissance instrumental music, songs and dances. Ensemble Sirinu is pure magic, really my only complaint is that they only have a few releases. In fact, this is I think the only one that I own. I don't make a habit of requesting music on my own blog - however, if anyone has Sirinu's "Court Jesters"
release on Griffin records - it would be most welcome!!
Apparently Sirinu has had works especially written for them - clearly that would suggest composers who are still 'in the pink', or at least one would hope. Graham Fitkin and Howard Skempton are two such examples of not-dead people. I have not heard any of the collaborations - but I am most interested!
Quite a while back, maybe one year or almost two, I posted a couple recordings on Dorian by one of my favorite early music ensembles of all time, The Baltimore Consort. If there's any real interest I will happily share more of their releases - just let me know. Their contribution to early music has been important to me (my spirit attests to this!) and their musical alchemy conjures up not only ancient times but so many fond memories personally.
I've included the booklet making things nice, easy, and yes......informative.