Music and Feasting in Renaissance Europe
Harmonia Mundi USA (HMU 907314)
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A grand celebration of medieval music and food, complete with authentic-style recipes — this disc features works by French, English, Spanish, Portugese and German composers.
"The Orlando Consort's gusto is irresistible."
—American Record Guide
"One to relish, for those who like wassailing and cooking, is the innovative early music singers' new CD, Food, Wine and Song on the Harmonia Mundi label. As well as a score of songs sacred and secular on the subject of eating and drinking, the beautifully produced (with the elder Breughel's Peasant Wedding on the cover) package incorporates a booklet of medieval recipes brought up to date by knowledgeable chefs and cookery writers including Jean Christophe Novelli (bread, almond and saffron pudding with a fig and raisin crust), Sara Paston-Williams (haddock in ale) and Clarissa Dickson-Wright (leeks and beetroot in raisin sauce). Jamie's slap, bang, wallop, and a guitar solo, it ain't. Food, Wine and Song is jolly and good..."
Read David Vernier's review at ClassicsToday.com in which he has given Food, Wine & Song the highest possible marks for both artistic and sound quality.