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Music for a Great Cook

Music for a Great Cook

Ref: CDG1133

21 tracks 60 min
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Cheerful music to cook by, featuring some of the best Baroque music ever! Put this album on in the kitchen, and let the inspiration fall upon you as you chop and grind, boil and fry! Twenty one tasty tracks to add an extra flavour to your methode de cuisine!

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Music for a Great Cook
Classics à la carte

Cheerful music to cook by, featuring some of the best Baroque music ever! Put this album on in the kitchen, and let the inspiration fall upon you as you chop and grind, boil and fry! Twenty-one tasty tracks to add an extra flavour to your méthode de cuisine!

1 The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
European Union Baroque Orchestra directed by Roy Goodman
2 Hark! Hark! The Lark Robert Johnson (c.1583-1633)
Sara Stowe & Matthew Spring
3 Pastime with Good Company Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Sara Stowe, Jon Banks and Matthew Spring
4 Badinerie from Suite in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
European Union Baroque Orchestra directed by Roy Goodman
5 The Batchelar's Delight Richard Allison (fl. 1585-1620)
The Elizabethan Consort
6 Spring from The Seasons - Allegro Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
7 Spring from The Seasons - Largo e pianissimo sempre
8 Spring from The Seasons - Danza pastorale. Allegro
RTV Orchestra St. Petersburg conducted by Stanislav Gorvenko, Pavel Popov, violin
9 The Harmonious Blacksmith George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Martin Souter
10 Coortin in the Kitchen Traditional
Ian Giles
11 Gigue from Suite in E minor George Frideric Handel
Martin Souter
12 Though Amaryllis Dance in Green William Byrd (c.1539-1623)
The Cherwell Singers conducted by Julia Craig-McFeely
13 Hornpipe (Oxford Water Music) George Frideric Handel
Oxford Baroque directed by Guy Williams
14 Allegro from Italian Concerto Johann Sebastian Bach
Martin Souter
15 Dance Medley* John Playford (1623-1686)
Musica Donum Dei
16 Kemp's Jig Anonymous
Matthew Spring
17 Bergamasca Anonymous
Sara Stowe Sharon Lindo and Matthew Spring
18 Minuet in F Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Martin Souter
19 Bear Dance Anonymous
Sara Stowe, Matthew Spring and Jon Banks
20 Hyer Matin Anonymous
Lisette Wesseling with Serendipity
21 Overture to Pygmalion Jean-Philipe Rameau (1683-1764)
European Union Baroque Orchestra directed by Roy Goodman

* Lillibulero, Parsons farewell, Chirping of the lark, Cuckolds all awry, Picking of the sticks, Lavena, Lumps of pudding


CCL CDG1133
This compilation P & C 2005 Classical Communications Ltd
Cover image: The Kitchen at Felbrigg Hall, The National Trust Photo Library/Nadia Mackenzie

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Music for a Great Cook
Classics à la carte

When is a kitchen not a kitchen? For more than a thousand years, such words as kycchen, ketching and cycene have meant the part of a house where the cooking was done. In fact, for most of this lengthy period, the cooking was invariably done over a fire in an unbuilt space with no venting. For most, a 'kitchen' was a selected area in a single roomed home. Apart from cooking, it provided, amongst other things, warmth, hot water and a degree of lighting. This primitive process was far removed from the vast, sometimes palatial, kitchens that the affluent families would have.

Houses owned by the nobility had kitchens that were responsible for providing a wide variety of foods, usually on a grand scale and they would be located in far removed, specially designated areas, such as the outlying wings of the house.

When Cardinal Wolsey began to extend Hampton Court in 1514, one of his first tasks was to build kitchens that catered for his household of some 600. However, arrangements that suited the Cardinal would prove to be too small for Henry VIII's own household of 1200 people. In 1529, Henry started to extend the kitchens to provide a 36,000 square feet cooking area.

An example of what these kitchens could prepare was the feast of John the Baptist celebrated on Midsummer's Day in 1542. On special occasions such as this, the quantity and quality of the food served was increased and included venison pie, baked carp in wine and prunes, peacock royal, creamed almonds and stuffed boar in a sauce. The kitchens served the royal court until 1660, when the servants, having lost the privilege of dining at the king's table, were given a salary instead.

The kitchens consisted of a vast complex of some 50 rooms, approached from the main entrance by a separate gatehouse, which today is the Seymour Gate. All supplies for the court were brought through here. Above the gateway the Board of the Greencloth met and this oddly named body was responsible for the kitchens' administration and monitored the produce that came in and out of the Palace.

The kitchens were divided into 15 or so separate offices, or sub-departments, such as the Spicery (which stored a wide array of spices), the Confectory (which housed sweets and pastries) and the Pastry (where the pastry cases and crusts were made). Each office was allocated rooms around the various kitchen courtyards - downstairs, staff undertook their duties and upstairs were their sleeping quarters. The rooms of only one office survive today, the Office of the Boiling House, which provided boiled meat and stock. A long narrow courtyard, known as Fish Court, connected several of these offices, including meat and fish larders. The fish larder stored saltwater fish brought from the coast in barrels with seaweed. Freshwater fish were kept alive in the palace ponds until they were required. The food was assembled in the three rooms of the Great Kitchens and then passed through hatches before being taken upstairs to the awaiting courtiers. These kitchens were under the control of the Master Cook who had some 12 other cooks with a further 12 or so assistants. The court drank about 300 barrels of ales a year and an almost equal quantity of wine, which were stored in three cellars.

Whatever your kitchen size, we hope that you enjoy your meal to the accompaniment of this satisfying and calorie-free programme.


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