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John Jenkins
Fantasias, Pavans & Airs in Four Parts
Freek Borstlap, treble viol
Gesina Liedmeier, tenor viol & treble viol
Thomas Baeté, tenor viol & bass viol
Ivanka Neeleman, bass viol
Haru Kitamika, organ
The period between 1580 and 1650 is often referred as the Golden Age of English consort music, not only for the breathtaking amount of repertoire, but also for the incomparable quality of the music produced.
Among the many brilliant musicians of this Golden Age, none shines brighter than John Jenkins, but still he is neglected.

The Spirit of Gambo focuses on consort music, a genre mainly intended for performances among family or friends, and usually played on between four and six viols. The tradition reached its peak around 1600. Thanks to both its abundance and its quality, this repertoire offers The Spirit of Gambo an inexhaustible supply of riches.
Their latest recording, Consort Music of Four Parts with music of John Jenkins (Musica Ficta MF8011) received the prestigious Diapason d´Or prize.
Over time the group has built up a unique collection of instruments in order to convey the full richness of the consort repertoire. Its CD’s and concerts represent a fascinating quest in the world of lost sonorities and forgotten atmospheres. The Spirit of Gambo normally performs on instruments made by Gesina Liedmeier (member of the group). The bows used by the Spirit of Gambo are made by Gerhard Landwehr, based on 17th century models. These consort bows enable a relaxed playing style and produce a balanced and natural sound picture.

MusicWeb International
Jonathan Woolf
These first-class performances have been sensitively recorded in the Doopsgezinde Kerk, Haarlem, a frequent venue for early music. In every way this ensemble, with its odd name, is turning out outstandingly good discs.

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