Watch this space for details of our 2017 CD release, The Nightingale’s Response. A natural follow on from Woods So Wild, the new album contains music from the seventeenth century to the present day, including music by Merula, Purcell, Saint-Saens, Kosma, Shearing and Tim Coker. Due for release at the Greenwich International Festival of Early Music – see our Concert Diary for more info.

Woods So Wild

In this beautiful collection of Medieval and Renaissance consort pieces, Fontanella explores the theme of nature expressed in music, from the simple English ballad settings Strawberry Leaves and My Robin, through the complex virelais of the French medieval Ars Nova, to the exquisite word painting of the Italian renaissance madrigal. Works include Machaut’s Rose Liz Printemps, William Byrd’s famous settings of The Leaves be Green and The Woods So Wild, as well as the remarkable birdsong chanson L’Alouette by Janequin. A feast of feathery and leafy pleasures!

Woods So Wild is now available to buy from Barn Cottage Records. 

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Taster Tracks from Woods So Wild

Anon: Strawberry Leaves


Vaillant: Par Maintes Foys


Anon: Daphne


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If you are hunting for our first CD The Fruit of Love on the BCR label, stock levels are now very limited but we plan to offer MP3 downloads of some tracks in the near future, including Tim Coker’s modern work, The Leaves be Green. Do contact us if you need further information.