Into October and the Oyster Months have become "smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight."
THE POET'S RAMBLE IN OCTOBER
Ripe are October's glories : Come away!
Hushed are the waiting woods : their rustling robes
Of mildest tints, create within my soul
Emotions meet for melancholy song!
See, Winter in white robes, with icy spear,
Comes slowly o'er the northern hills snow-capp'd.
Then pause with Nature, ye that live estranged
Amid the city's roar ; and list the voice
That calls you forth to cull emotions sweet,
And gaze entranced across the garnished woods.
Mark how the forest now hath doffed its green,
And Nature dons her cloak of many hues;
Now reigns the holy beauty of Decay!
How calmly sleeps the lake : the coloured woods
Reflected on its face in thousand tints
Now flash across that dome of thought the mind
And brighter lift Imagination's eye.
Like rainbows wreck'd, all the gay woods do sing,
The Hawthorn hedge gleams like the Pheasant's breast.
Its silvery candelabra's lights long out
The Chestnut sweeps, in saffron hues, the lawn.
Skirting the field the Whin, repellant, throws
His golden offering at grim Winter's feet;
And, "beautiful for ever," daisies lift
Their sleepy eyes to the receding sun.
See how Betula dreams herself away,
Or showers her myriad leaves on brakens brown;
Sambucas, glittering, floods the groves with wine.
Mark how yon boulder with the bramble burns,
It's jetty blobs, like eyes, peer from the grass;
And here and there along its spiny arms,
A spray of silken blossoms yet appears
Like aged Laurette, crowned with fruit of song,
Still waking music in his country's heart.
Lo, the pale Poplar like an amber tower
Quivers beneath the Beech's flaming flag;
The Oak, by summer's scorching rays, hath tanned
His rugged face beside the late-robed Ash,
Whose garments heavy drop in faded green
Among the Rose's scarlet lamps the hips
That to the now mute birds are light and food.
Winding the boles th' immortal Ivy clings;
And, sombre, over all the sturdy Pine,
Expectant, waits its robe of ermine snow.
From out yon nimbus cloud, the mighty sun
Sweeps o'er the raptured woods his golden beams,
And wakens in my soul such dulcet chords
As harp or breathing organ never swelled.
O, what a charm hath Nature for her child!
Let me but lie upon her matron lap
And gaze adoring on her lovely face
The reflex of my God and I am bless'd!
REVISED October 2022 ...
A Meeting Place: Medieval & Renaissance Music for Lute & Ud
August Denhard and Münir Nurettin Beken
Notker Balbulus: Sequnezen, Tropen & Gregorianischer Choral aud dem Kloster St. Gallen
Ordo Virtutum and Stefan Morent
Johann Rosenmüller in Exile
Acronym and Jesse Blumberg
Thomas Morley: Fantasies to Two Voices
Jonathan Dunford & Jérôme Chaboseau
Biber: Harmonia artificioso
Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel
Joseph Bodin De Boismortier: The Complete Opus 37 Trio Sonatas (1732) for Flute, Viola da Gamba and Chamber Organ
Die Weisheit des Alters: Ars moriendi im Minnesang
Ensemble Für Frühe musik Augsburg
REVISED September 2022 ...
Philipp Friedrich Buchner: Plectrum Musicum
Le Secret de Monsieur Marais
Vittorio Ghielmi, Luca Pianca, Il Suonar Parlante Orchestra
Telemann: Sonate for Oboe, Bassoon, and Continuo
Johann Jakob Walther: Hortulus Chelicus
Sills, Dirst, Dirst, and Wang (no offense)
Thomas Lupo: Fantasia
Fürchtet Euch Nicht: Bassoons & Bombards Music from the German Baroque
Syntagma Amici, Vox Lumini
Johann Georg Weichenberger: Lute Works
REVISED March 2022 ...
Fantasia! Dialogue for One
February 2022 ...
Jacon van Eyck: Der Fluyten Lust-hof
Marin Marais: Pieces de Viole de Cinq Livre
Jordi Savall, Ton Koopmann, Hopkinson Smith, Christophe Coin, Anne Gallet
The Cosmopolitan: Songs by Oswald von Wolkenstein
Ensemble Leones, Marc Lewis
Toys for Two: Dowland to California
Margaret Koll and Luca Pianca
REVISED January 2022 ...
Scheidt: Ludi Musici
L'Acheron, Francois Joubert-Caillet
Handel: The Complete Sonatas for Recorder
Marion Verbruggen, Ton Koopman and Jaap ter Linden
Buxtehude: Complete Chamber Music
Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs
Ockeghem: Requiem; Missa Mi-Mi; Missa Prolationum
REVISED November 2021 ...
Masters of the Baroque Hurdy-Gurdy
Weiss: Sonatas for Transverse Flute and Lute
Holborne: Pieces for Lute
THE ORIGINAL COLLECTION (Autumn 2020):
Holborne: Pavans and Galliards, 1599
The Consort of Musicke & The Guildhall Waits, Anthony Rooley & Trevor Jones
Purcell: Sonatas Of 3 Parts, 1683
Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rachel Podger, Christophe Coin, Christopher Hogwood
Telemann: Trio Sonatas
Erik Bosgraaf (recorder), Dmitry Sinkovksy (violin)
German Lute Music of the 18th Century