Les Witches Nobody's Jig, Mr Playford's English Dancing Master

Nobody's Jig, Mr Playford's English Dancing Master

Les Witches

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on October 29, 2012 by Outhere - Rewind

Main artist: Les Witches

Genre: Classical

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Album : 1 disk - 20 tracks Total length : 01:11:58

  1. 1 Nobody's Jig, Mr Lane's Maggott, Black and Grey

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  2. 2 Stingo

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  3. 3 Virgin Queen, Bobbing Joe

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  4. 4 Daphne

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  5. 5 Paul's Steeple

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  6. 6 Prince Rupert March, Prins Robbert Masco

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  7. 7 Sheperd's Holiday

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  8. 8 Confess His Tune

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  9. 9 An Italian Rant

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  10. 10 Stanes Morris

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  11. 11 A Health to Betty

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  12. 12 A Mask No. 6

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  13. 13 Drive the Cold Winter Away, the Beggar Boy

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  14. 14 A Division On a Ground

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  15. 15 Woodycock

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  16. 16 Wallom Green

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  17. 17 Bravade, Argiers

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  18. 18 A Piece Without Title

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  19. 19 Hey to the Camp, Schottisch Tanz

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

  20. 20 Rights of Man

    Les Witches, Performer - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2001 Alpha

About

Alpha Productions' Nobody's Jig: Mr. Playford's English Dancing Master appears to be the debut outing on disc by a French period instrument ensemble under the great name of Les Witches. This collection is made up of late seventeenth and early eighteenth century dances initially published in John Playford's English Dancing Master and related sources. Nobody's Jig: Mr. Playford's English Dancing Master is a nicely chosen program, and certainly makes for pleasant listening, as Les Witches realizes and harmonizes these mostly monophonic dances with a "Broken Consort" of violin, flute, lute/guitar, viola da gamba, and clavichord/cistern, or some smaller combination derived thereof. The 32-page booklet is handsomely decorated with sometimes-oblique black and white images of the group in combination with more photo essay-styled pictures. Unfortunately, overall the music has no muscle and doesn't really inspire one to dance. The manner in which Les Witches handle pieces such as Woodycock tend to be laid-back, somber, folksy, and rather similar to the way that they play several other pieces on this disc. Some of the music is good; for example, their rendering of Drive the cold winter away/The Beggar Boy maintains at least some sense of forward momentum. Nevertheless, an awful lot of the music is centered on the flute, and after a while it gets monotonous -- percussion instruments are utilized only sparingly. There is an obvious counterpoint between the approach of Les Witches and that of the Baltimore Consort; and if one likes Baroque dances performed in a manner that would play well on "A Prairie Home Companion," then by all means, this is for you. While it is certainly unusual to find a European period instrument group that sounds like a North American one, it looks like Les Witches will need to move forward from Nobody's Jig: Mr. Playford's English Dancing Master in order to deliver an album that is worthy of their name.

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