FOLK SONGS and BALLADS: Alfred Deller and the Deller Consort - 7CD
Label: Musical Concepts
Budget Periods: 20th Century, Baroque, Classical, Renaissance, Romantic
Directors: Alfred Deller
Performers: Alfred Deller and the Deller Consort
Folk Songs and Ballads
Musical Concepts is pleased to announce the first release in one of the most ambitious early music reissue projects of all time - Alfred Deller: The Complete Vanguard Recordings. The series brings together every recording made by Alfred Deller - as solo countertenor, ensemble member of the Deller Consort, and conductor - for the legendary, enterprising Vanguard record label. These recordings created a sensation with their initial release, and have influenced and inspired three generations of music lovers, from casual listeners to the top tiers of performing artists and scholars.
During the 1950s, Vanguard founder Seymour Solomon and Alfred Deller decided to smash the illusory boundaries between the then-exploding movement for authentic performance practice of early music and the growing interest in folk music. With the LP release of The Three Ravens in 1955, Alfred Deller introduced early music lovers to the beauty of traditional folk music, and established himself as one of the most original "crossover" artists in recording history.
The present collection combines his six recordings of folk music on the "Vanguard Recording Society" label - including the Tavern Songs and Cries of London in their first CD release - with related music recorded for Vanguard's "Bach Guild" label, including English Lute Songs, which here marks its first appearance on CD.
Tavern Songs: Catches and Glees, Volume 1
Tavern Songs: Catches and Glees, Volume 2
The Cries of London
The Three Ravens
The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies
Vaughan Williams Folk Song Album
English Lute Songs
Awake Sweet Love
The Cruel Mother
The Western Wind
Alfred Deller, countertenor
Desmond Dupré, lute
The Deller Consort
7CD with bonus CD-ROM
"Deller's voice is magical...his inflections invoke greater mysteries."
NPR's "All Things Considered" review of The Three Ravens