New Fashions, Cries and Ballades of London
New Fashions – Cries & Ballads of London was recorded in 1991, and features Red Byrd and Circa 1500 directed by Nancy Hadden. It opens with Thomas Ravenscroft’s New Oysters, here in an atmospheric and vivid rendition, especially given the effect produced: the artists, from a very distant and quiet beginning, approach closer to the microphone. The same work concludes the disc, appropriately enough with the performers walking away from the microphone and fading into the distance.
The pieces by the likes of Ravenscroft, Anthony Holborne, Christopher Tye and Thomas Weelkes are very well-performed indeed and together form an excellent disc. It is a good combination of the more raucous street cries, or works based thereon, and more refined and elegant music for viols. The booklet presentation notes are only just slightly more extensive than in the previous discs, and there are no artist biographies at all, although texts are again present. Em Marshall-Luck, MusicWeb