24 November 2009

Alfred Deller "The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies" CD compilation

This CD is one of the many compilations featuring the folk singing of the very talented countertenor Alfred Deller who re-popularised the countertenor voice during the 20th Century.  He was primarily a singer of the older classics but he also performed lots of traditional music.  He was a dedicated 'period performer'  and most of his folk songs are backed by lute and/or recorder.  It should also be noted that it was probably fairly common for countertenors to sing folksongs in the 17th Century so these are genuine folk performances. These tracks all appear to have been ripped from many of the LPs produced by Deller from the 1950s to the 1970s (he died in 1979).
(Nowadays the German Andreas Scholl continues very competently in the countertenor tradition including two CDs of folk music "English Folk Song and Lute Songs" (1996) and "Wayfaring Stranger - Folksongs" (2001) both easily available for purchase).
 I have no idea who ripped the CD.  Tracks are MP3 at 192 CBR.
The tracks on this CD, in order, are:
Wraggle Taggle Gypsies, Lord Rendell, Wolsey's Wild, Sweet Jane, The Frog and the Mouse, The Seeds of Love, Fantasia, Flowers in the Valley, Near London Town, Who's going to Shoe Your pretty little Foot, Consort Pieces, Blow away the Morning Dew, Searching for Lambs, Linden Lea, Sweet England, Dabbling in the Dew, Strawberry Fair, Robin, Just as the Tide was a'flowing.

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1 comment:

  1. Heard his version of Wraggle Taggle Gypsies on ABC classic FM (Aus) a couple of days ago. Such sweet melancholy...can't get it out of my head!