Can she Excuse?

by Ensemble MIKADO

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Ensemble MIKADO – Can she excuse ? / CD
English Consort Music and Songs
Label Gramola (December 2009), visit Ensemble MIKADO
This CD got a Pasticcio Prize / Radio Ö1 – ORF

Review by Siegfried Busch, Windkanal 2/2009
The CD at hand leads us into England’s golden age of music. It is highly artistic music from Shakespearean times. Queen Elizabeth, who apparently threw a shoe at an overly impudent lord at court, is pictured on the trendy cover. The queen of the ensemble is Therese Dlouhy. The especially distinctive timbre of her high voice enchants in the twenty songs written by Dowland, Byrd and contemporaries – each dedicated to the ladies of their hearts – in moods ranging from high spirits to mortal sorrow. With her impeccable viola da gamba, Eva Reiter (who also plays recorder) forms Dlouhy’s perfect counterpart. On an equal footing, Katharina Lugmayr, Maja Osojnik and Thomas List complement the ensemble with a great sense for sounds and a natural aplomb for intonation on their recorders. The group sparkles with temperament and novel ideas. For instance, the soprano singer will occasionally take up an instrumental discant as vocalization, or the instruments will play breakneck diminutions to the vocals.

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released July 10, 2013

Ensemble MIKADO – Can she excuse ? / CD
English Consort Music and Songs
Label Gramola (December 2009),
www.ensemblemikado.com
This CD got a Pasticcio Prize / Radio Ö1 – ORF

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