2016–2017 Season » Fretwork


FRIDAY | OCTOBER 7, 2016 | 8PM
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano

Music for a While: Masterworks of Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland, and Purcell

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, viol consort Fretwork has delighted audiences through their concert tours and celebrated recordings, particularly those in collaboration with other elite Early Music artists and ensembles. Joining them to open BEMF’s 2016–2017 Season is soprano Suzie LeBlanc, one of the most sought after Early Music singers of her generation. These exceptional artists explore a beguiling program of aural beauty and refined elegance for voice and viol consort from English masters Byrd, Gibbons, Dowland, and Purcell.


Want to hear more from these artists? Here are a selection of recordings available at Amazon.com. BEMF may receive a comission from your purchase.

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The dynamic range of Fretwork is stunning, its tone vibrantly rich and its careful paragraphing and sensitive response to the lyrics bringing these songs to life.
—BBC Music Magazine

“Suzie LeBlanc sang… with a bright, pure sweetness—radiance personified.”
—Washington Post

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Asako Morikawa, Richard Boothby, Reiko Ichise, Emily Ashton & Sam Stadlen, viol

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William Byrd: My mind to me a kingdom is
Byrd: Browning
Byrd: Constant Penelope
Orlando Gibbons: What is our life?
Gibbons: In Nomine in 5 parts
Byrd: O that most rare breast
Byrd: In Nomine
Byrd: Content is rich
John Dowland: Lachrimae Tristes
Dowland: In Darkness let me dwell
Dowland: The Earl of Essex’s Galiard
Dowland: Shall I strive with words to move?
Henry Purcell: Music for a while
Purcell: Two Fantazias in four parts
Purcell: O Solitude
Purcell: Two Fantazias in four parts
Purcell: The Evening Hymn

Programs are subject to change.

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