alison crum rose consort viol music
alison crum rose consort viol music

Alison Crum has made over one hundred recordings with many different groups including the Taverner Consort, the Kings Consort, the Consort of Musicke, the Parley of Instruments, the Dowland Consort, Musica Antiqua of London, Spectre de la Rose, and the Rose Consort of Viols.

Solo & Duo CDs

As a soloist Alison can be heard on A Spagna in the Works, and Signum’s discs of the Bach gamba sonatas and Wordplay, all featured below. She is also a solosit on two Naxos discs of Marais with Spectre de la Rose - Greatest Masterworks, including Le Labyrinthe (8.550750), and Music for the Sun King, which includes the Couplets de Folies (8.553081), and with James Bowman in Buxtehude’s Jubilate Domino, Meridian CDE 84332

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Sample Track from the Album
Sonata in G minor, BWV 1029. Allegro (3’53”)


J. S. Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord (2001)

Alison Crum and Laurence Cummings
Signum Records SIGCD024

Alison Crum and Laurence Cummings have created one of the most simply charming recordings of these works for viola da gamba and harpsichord that I know. You'll find yourself singing along to this Bach disc.
Fanfare, USA

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Sample Track from the Album
Anon: Madame d’amours c 1512 1’37”


A Spagna in the Works (2014)

Alison Crum - early viols
Roy Marks - lute and guitar

16th century dances, divisions, and instrumental settings.

the variety of colours that Alison produces from all the viols is astonishing..
VDGSA news

Available directly from Alison for £12 plus postage

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Sample Track from the Album
Orazio Bassani: Vestiva i colli (c 1600) (4’33”)


Wordplay - (2001)

Madrigals and chansons in virtuosic instrumental setting from sixteenth century Italy
Signum SIGCD031

Music Antiqua of London, director Philip Thorby

Alison Crum features as a soloist on Wordplay, which presents a collection of highly decorated vocal music in purely instrumental performance.

Rose Consort of Viols CDs

The Rose Consort recordings of English Consort music include Elizabethan Christmas Anthems on Amon Ra CD-SAR-46, and eight discs on the Naxos Label - these are Jenkins 8.550687, Gibbons 8.550603, Byrd 8.550604, Tomkins 8.550602, Lawes 8.550601, Dowland 8.553326, and Purcell 8.553957 and, a disc of Elizabethan music 8.554284. More recently they have recorded discs of Ferrabosco (father and son) and Ward, for cpo. Most of their recent releases are on the Deux-Elles and Delphian labels, featured below, and also include two discs with The Marian Consort - An Emerald in a Work of Gold, and Loquebantur.

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What Joy So TrueRegent Records REGCD571 (2023)

400 years since the death of Thomas Weelkes, the Rose Consort and the Choir of Chichester Cathedral perform his music in the building where he was Organist and ‘informator choristarum’ (Master of the Choristers): pieces for both domestic and sacred performance, with anthems, pavans and In nomines for viols.

‘This is the real thing … for the Weelkes anniversary year this is a really good way of getting to know the range of his music.’
BBC Radio 3 Record Review

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Exiled (2017)

Music by Peter Philips and Richard Dering
Vox Regis VXR0004

The Rose Consort of Viols with the choir of Kings College, Aberdeen and David J. Smith - harpsichord

I have been following the Rose Consort for years. I believe this is among their best work

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Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds (2015)

The Earliest Consort Music for Viols.
Delphian DCD34169

The Rose Consort of Viols (with Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano)

The Rose Consort use a set of instruments modelled on those depicted in an Italian altarpiece in Bologna, by Lorenzo Costa dating from 1497

The viols play with alluring sophistication
The Sunday Times

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Adoramus te (2014)

Motets, songs and consort music by William Byrd and Peter Philips.
Deux-Elles DXL 1155

The Rose Consort of Viols (with Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano)
Short listed for the Gramophone Early Music award 2015

These are impressive interpretations
Editors choice, Gramophone

The programme and the performances on this disc are superb
Early Music News

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Serenissima (2013)

Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian Viols
Delphian DCD34149

The Rose Consort use a set of viols made by Richard Jones, all based on the single surviving original by Francesco Linarol

well-nigh flawless… Restrained, refined readings, informed by a deep understanding of the viol and its repertoire
BBC Music Magazine

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Four Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal (2008)

Music by four composers who were ‘Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal’ in the sixteenth century - Tye, Tallis, Byrd and Tomkins.
Deux-Elles DXL 1129

The Rose Consort of Viols (with Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano)

The Rose Consort, one of our top viol consorts, is in expressive and elegant form
MusicWeb International

The consort playing is characteristically faultless and one can sense a chemistry between voice and viols that is very powerful and works so well with this emotionally charged, fine repertoire.


Musica Antiqua of London CDs

Musica Antiqua of London (Director Philip Thorby) recordings provide a very rare opportunity to hear music of the 16th century played on two different matching sets of renaissance viols, and two different sets of recorders. Most of their discs are on the Signum label, including A Songbook for Isabella and Wordplay, both featured below. Other Signum releases include The Triumphs of Maximilian, with John Potter, SIGCD004, Master of Musicians - a disc of music by Josquin and his contemporaries SIGCD025, Fire and Ice – Love songs from 16th Century Venice, with Clare Wilkinson SIGCD035, and, most recently, Madame d’Amours - Songs, Dances and Consort music for the Six Wives of Henry VIII SIGCD044, the last of which use a specially commissioned set of viols based on a late 15th century painting by Costa. Earlier recordings include The Field of Cloth of Gold is on Amon Ra CD-SAR 51, and A Royal Songbook (Spanish Music) is on Naxos 8.553325.

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A Songbook for Isabella

Music from the circle of Isabella d’Este
Signum SIGCD039

Music Antiqua of London, director Philip Thorby (with Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano)

Pleasurable and abundant discoveries await the more adventurous listener
MusicWeb International

Other recommended CDs

Other recommended recordings include the Dowland Consort on the BIS label, playing Dowland BIS-CD-315 and Holborne BIS-CD-469; the Consort of Musicke playing Ward on Musica Oscura 070981; Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow on Hyperion CDA66253 and the Parley of Instruments playing Gibbons and Lupo on Hyperion CDA66395. Secrets of the Heavens - music of the spheres - with the Marini Consort RVRCD53

Many of these CDs are also available from the Early Music Shop and/or on Amazon

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