The Fruit of Love -
Elizabethan Consort Music
Francis Knights - Early Music 2008 36(4)
Equally good is a disc of Elizabethan consort music, The fruit of love from the B-Five Consort; this includes such consort favourites as Byrd's Browning and Tye's In nomine ‘Crye’ (a virtuoso reading, at only 1'34''). Interspersed among groups of pieces by Dowland, Tye, Holborne and the Bassanos come three quirky arrangements of ballad tunes and a Van Eyck work. Blend and intonation are excellent throughout, and this is a lovely—if short—recital of well chosen 16th-century repertory. The title of the disc, by the way, comes from a Holborne piece in his 1599 collection ‘for Viols, Violins or other Musicall Winde Instruments’.