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Tragicomedia
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Tragicomedia

Erin Headley, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs and Alexander Weimann—four of the world’s leading Baroque instrumentalists—are Tragicomedia. With its unusual instrumentarium of viola da gamba, lute, chitarrone, and harpsichord, the group has played a major role in realizing the musical riches of the basso continuo era. In 1600 Agostino Agazzari described the enormous palette of instrumental color—including lutes, chitarrones, keyboards and lirones—necessary for the effective realization of an accompaniment. This was the inspiration for Tragicomedia. In repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Bach, Tragicomedia explores every musical genre from lute song to fully-staged Baroque opera.

Many of the group’s recordings have won prestigious prizes including a Gramophone award in the UK and an Edison award in Holland. Tragicomedia has been the continuo ensemble for the Boston Early Music Festival’s productions since 1997.

Albums

A Musicall Dreame
CDA66335Archive Service
My mind to me a kingdom is
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Complete works available for download

ANONYMOUS - RENAISSANCE
Fortune, my foe
Greensleeves
Greensleeveswith David Cordier (countertenor)
My mind to me a kingdom iswith David Cordier (countertenor)
O Death, rock me asleepwith David Cordier (countertenor)
The leaves be green
The Willow Songwith David Cordier (countertenor)
JOHN BENNET (1570-1615)
Venus' Birdswith David Cordier (countertenor)
WILLIAM BYRD (1539/40-1623)
Lullaby 'My sweet little baby'with David Cordier (countertenor)
JOHN COPRARIO (c1570-1626)
In darkness let me dwellwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
JOHN DOWLAND (1563-1626)
Flow, my tears, fall from your springswith David Cordier (countertenor)
Lachrimae to the Consort
TOBIAS HUME (?c1579-1645)
A Spanish Humour 'The Lord Hayes' Favourite'
The King of Denmark's Health
The Virgin's Muse
ROBERT JONES (fl1597-1615)
And is it night? Are they thine eyes that shine?with David Cordier (countertenor)
Farewell, fond youthwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
Grief of my best love's absentingwith Michael Chance (countertenor)
Hark! Wot ye what?with Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
Ite caldi sospiriwith Michael Chance (countertenor)
My complaining is but feigningwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
On a time in summer seasonwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
Once did I serve a cruel heartwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
Sweet Katewith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
Though your strangeness frets my heartwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
Will said to his mammywith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)
THOMAS MORLEY (1557/8-1602)
Joyne hands
See, see, mine own sweet jewelwith David Cordier (countertenor)
RICHARD NICHOLSON (fl1595-1639)
In a merry May mornwith David Cordier (countertenor)
ANGELO NOTARI (1566-1663)
Intenerite voiwith Michael Chance (countertenor), David Cordier (countertenor)