Ballads Within A Dream

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Hille Perl & Andreas Arend

"Hille Perl makes the viola da gamba laugh, cry, lament and cheer."Hille Perl is one of the world's finest viola da gamba players specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Her recordings at deutsche harmonia mundi have been awarded numerous prizes and received great acclaim. "Ballads within a dream" is the new album of Hille Perl with Andreas Arend, theorbo player. Together with soprano Clare Wilkinson and violinist Veronika Skuplik they recorded a magical, sentimental and entertaining panorama of "dreamlike" English baroque music: with folk songs and ballads by Blow, Purcell, Johnson and Pilkington as well as solo improvisations for theorbo on traditionals (such as the famous "Greensleeves") and three pieces for strings by Eccles, Simpson and Finger. The pieces have been concepted and partially arranged by Andreas Arend, who has released highly praised recordings for Sony Classical including the recording with violist Nils Mönkemeyer. "Ballads within a dream" features songs from Henry Purcell (1658/9–1695) including his well-known ballad "Music for a While" and also other often slightly melancholic songs such as "Have you seen the white lily grow?" by Robert Johnson (c. 1583–1633) and "Rest, sweet nymphs" by Francis Pilkington (c. 1565–1683). The album opens with a graceful "Love Song" by John Blow (1649–1708), who was probably the teacher of Henry Purcell. There are also some traditional melodies (Out of this wood & Come wait upon him), the lyrics of which are based on William Shakespeare's famous play "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  In addition to several folk songs such as "I will give my love an apple" or "Drink to me only with thine eyes" and the world-famous traditional "Greensleeves", the musicians have recorded brilliant chamber music, including a violin sonata by Henry Eccles (c. 1680–1740) (with Veronika Skuplik on the baroque violin) and a trio sonata by Godfrey Finger (c. 1655–1730).TRACKLISTPART THE FIRSTJohn Blow (1649–1708)1 A Love Songfrom Amphion Anglicus, London 17002 Passamezzo Antico – Su SaltarelloImprovisation for theorbo on the traditional theme3 Out of this wood Traditional melody, text by William Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III Scene 1Henry Eccles (c. 1680–1740) Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Basso continuofrom Premier livre de sonates a violon seul et la basse, Paris 17204 Largo5 Corente6 Adagio7 Presto8 L’amour de moyTraditional melody and textArranged by Jean Richafort (c. 1480–1550) with a counterpoint for theorbo9 Passamezzo Moderno – Su SaltarelloImprovisation for theorbo on the traditional theme10 Have you seen the white lily grow?attr. to Robert Johnson (c. 1583–1633), text by Ben Jonson (1572–1637)11 Come wait upon himTraditional melody, text by William Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act III Scene IINTERMEZZOHenry Purcell (1658/9–1695)12 ‘Twas within a furlong of Edinborough townfrom Delitiae Musicae, London 1696 · Text by Thomas d’Urfey (1653–1723)PART THE SECOND13 Black is the colour of my true love’s hair TraditionalChristopher Simpson (c. 1606–1669)14 Ground in E minor for Bass Viol & B.c.from The Division Viol, London 1659Godfrey Finger (c. 1655–1730)Sonata in A major for Violin, Viola da gamba & B.c., Op. 1/3from Sonatæ pro diversis instrumentis, London 168815 Adagio16 Allegro17 Adagio18 Allegro – Adagio19 I will give my love an appleTraditionalHenry Purcell (1658/9–1695)20 Music for a whilefrom Orpheus Britannicus, Vol. II (1692) · Text by John Dryden (1631–1700)21 TransitionMusic for a while modulating to Drink to me only with thine eyes22 Drink to me only with thine eyesAnonymous melody, text by Ben Jonson (1572– 1637)Francis Pilkington (c. 1565–1683)23 Rest, sweet nymphsfrom First Booke of Songs or Ayres, first published 160524 GreensleevesTraditionalArranged by Andreas Arend (1–3, 8–13, 19, 21–24)