Orlando Gough: The World Encompassed
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Item Number: 21716312
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SKU: NX.SIGCD453

By Fretwork and Simon Callow. By Anonymous, Francis Drake, Innocentio Alberti, John Taverner, Orlando Gough, Picforth, and Robert Parsons. Classical. CD. Signum Records #SIGCD453. Published by Signum Records (NX.SIGCD453).

UPC: 635212045329.

During his journey to circumnavigate the glove, Sir Francis Drake took four viol palyers with him, who played both for his devotions and to the native peoples around the world that they encountered. Fretwork have commissioned British composer Orlando Gough to recreate this remarkable journey in sound, in a work for viol consort that combines music from 16th century England with the ''sounds'' that these musicians would have heard and perhaps tried to recreate on their journey - from the rebab and the gamelan to the mesmerising chanting of the Native Americans. The result is a musical narrative of one of the most significant achievements of the English golden age and an evocation of the earliest musical encounters between east and west. This premiere recording is interspersed with narration from The World Encompassed, one of the first literary accounts of the journey, read by Simon Callow.