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Alison Crum

  • Cellist
  • Teacher


Alison Crum recordings

Alison Crum has made about ninety recordings with many different groups including the Taverner Consort, Kings Consort, The Consort of Musicke, the Parley of Instruments, the Dowland Consort, Musica Antiqua of London, Spectre de la Rose, and the Rose Consort of Viols.

As a soloist she can be heard on Signum's recent release of the Bach gamba sonatas SIGCD 024, and on two Naxos discs of Marais with Spectre de la Rose - Greatest Masterworks, including Le Labyrinthe on 8.550750, and Music for the Sun King, which includes the Couplets de Folies on 8.553081. She is also a soloist in Buxtehudeís Jubilate Domino with James Bowman on Meridian CDE 84332

The Rose Consort recordings of English Consort music include Elizabethan Christmas Anthems on Amon Ra CD-SAR-46, and eight discs on the Naxos Label - these are Jenkins 8.550687, Gibbons 8.550603, Byrd 8.550604, Tomkins 8.550602, Lawes 8.550601, Dowland 8.553326, and Purcell 8.553957 and, a disc of Elizabethan music 8.554284. More recently they have recorded discs of Ferrabosco (father and son) and Ward, for cpo. Their most recent release is Four Gentlemen of the Chapel Royal, with Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano, on Deux-Elles.

Musica Antiqua of London recordings provide a very rare opportunity to hear music of the 16th century played on a matched set of renaissance viols and recorders. The Field of Cloth of Gold is on Amon Ra CD-SAR 51, and A Royal Songbook (Spanish Music) is on Naxos 8.553325. The first of a series for Signum is the Triumphs of Maximilian, with John Potter, on Signum CD004, followed by Master of Musicaians, a disc of music by Josquin and his contemporaries, on Signum CD025, Word Play, a collection of virtuoso divisions on Italian madrigals for recorder, viols and lute (SIGCD031), and Fire and Ice. More recent releases are A Songbook for Isabella and Madame d’Amours, both of which a specially commissioned set of viols based on a late 15th century painting by Costa.

Other recommended recordings include the Dowland Consort on the BIS label, playing Dowland BIS-CD-315 and Holborne BIS-CD-469; the Consort of Musicke playing Ward on Musica Oscura 070981; Countertenor Duets by Purcell and Blow on Hyperion CDA66253 and the Parley of Instruments playing Gibbons and Lupo on Hyperion CDA66395. Secrets of the Heavens - music of the spheres - with the Marini Consort RVRCD53

Recent CD reviews
Bach Gamba Sonatas - ' of the most simply charming recordings of these works that I know'.. 'sublimely matched interactions of the two musicians' Fanfare.

The Triumphs of Maximilian - 'The playing is undeniably wonderful ...for the viol playing, I think no praise is too high... a pleasingly light touch' The gramophone.

Master of Musicians - '.. this very impressive collection manages to say something new about Josquin - a noteworthy achievement' Early Music