Fires of Love
Fires of Love was formed in 1998 with the aim of performing Renaissance and early Baroque chamber music in a fresh, innovative and accessible style, bringing lesser-known compositions to a wider audience. Based in Scotland, the quartet has performed in venues and festivals around Britain. The repertoire centres on lute and guitar songs, set amongst instrumental ensembles, solos, recent discoveries and the group’s own arrangements. The music spans the breadth of Europe: the unique voice of the Spanish Renaissance, the royal courts of sixteenth and seventeenth-century war-torn France, the flowering of the Italian Baroque and the golden age of Elizabethan and Jacobean lute song. Instruments include lutes, archlute, theorbo, vihuela, baroque guitar, four-course guitar, recorders and percussion. The group has made three recordings for Delphian: Love and Reconquest: Music of Renaissance Spain (DCD34003), Chansons à Plaisir: Music from the time of Adrian Le Roy (1520–1598) (DCD34063) and Remember me my deir: Jacobean songs of love and loss (DCD34129), the latter receiving a Gramophone Editor’s Choice.