All in a Garden Green: A Renaissance Collection
All in a Garden Green: A Renaissance Collectionis a reissued CD set of two of The Toronto Consort’s most popular recordings of Renaissance music: Mariners and Milkmaids: Ballads and Dances from 17th-Century England (2001), and O Lusty May: Renaissance Songs of Spring (1977). This album set is the inspiration for the 2020-2021 Season opening concert, but where did the inspiration for the discs come from?
“An early pioneer, Anthony Rooley [a British lutenist, more info here] knew how to choose great voices, including the magnificent Emma Kirkby, who came and did a solo recital on our series once,” said David Fallis, our Artistic Associate Emeritus who served as Artistic Director for 27 years. “For the ‘All in a Garden Green’ rep, I remember listening to recordings of The Consort of Musicke with Anthony Rooley way back. Specifically, ‘Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana’ on Hyperion.”
The album he mentions is out of print on vinyl (it was released in 1981, after all), but you can learn more about it on Discogs (more here). It’s not available for streaming either, unfortunately.
To get a taste of Anthony Rooley’s creative direction, have a listen to two of his albums on Spotify: The King’s Singers – Madrigal History Tour, or The Viols of The Consort of Musicke. You may recognize a few of our favourite pieces on those albums!