Martin Best

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Martin Best (born 13 April 1942) is an English singer, lutenist and guitarist, and composer. Best has been active mainly in early music including renaissance music, minstrel songs and the French troubadour traditions, in works related to Shakespeare, such as the sonettes and music to Shakespeare plays, and also in songs of the Swedish ballad tradition. He has often performed in constellations named Martin Best Consort and Martin Best Medieval Ensemble.

Best got a position at the Royal Shakespeare Company in mid 1960s and remained associated with them for over 30 years as an actor-singer, musician and composer.

His first works in the Swedish ballad tradition was works of Carl Michael Bellman, Sweden's unofficial national poet, who is sometimes considered the starting point of the Swedish ballad tradition. Best recorded three albums with Bellman's songs, mainly from the song collections Fredman's Epistles in translations by Paul Britten Austin, with some additions from Fredman's Songs as well as other Bellman works: To Carl Michael with Love (1975), Bellman in Britain (1978), and Songs of Carl Michael Bellman. Songs from the two first albums were later collected on a CD, also named To Carl Michael with Love. Other Swedish song poets performed by Best include Birger Sjöberg (1885–1929), with one album released in 1979.
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Albums

GRS 1013 Martin Best - The Art Of The Minstrel album art Martin Best, Edward Flower Martin Best, Edward Flower - The Art Of The Minstrel(LP, Album) Grosvenor GRS 1013 UK 1973 Sell This Version
7 c 062-06410 Martin Best - Knight On The Road album art Martin Best Knight On The Road (Album) EMI 7 c 062-06410 UK 1977 Sell This Version
INT 161.525 Martin Best - Bellman In Britain album art Martin Best Bellman In Britain EMI, EMI Svenska AB INT 161.525 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
EMC 3281 Martin Best - Desdemonalisa album art Martin Best Desdemonalisa EMI EMC 3281 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CSD 3786, 0C 063 - 07 052 Martin Best - William Shakespeare: Ages Of Song album art Martin Best William Shakespeare: Ages Of Song (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice CSD 3786, 0C 063 - 07 052 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CSD 3785, 061-06 608 Martin Best - The Dawn Of Romance - Songs And Music Of The Early Troubadours Of Provence album art Martin Best The Dawn Of Romance - Songs And Music Of The Early Troubadours Of Provence (Album) World Record Club, World Record Club CSD 3785, 061-06 608 UK 1978 Sell This Version
SLP-2663 Martin Best - When First I Ever Saw You album art Martin Best When First I Ever Saw You(LP, Album) Sonet SLP-2663 Sweden 1980 Sell This Version
45019 Martin Best - Songs Of Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795) Sung In English album art Martin Best, Carl Michael Bellman Martin Best, Carl Michael Bellman - Songs Of Carl Michael Bellman (1740-1795) Sung In English (Album) Nimbus Records 45019 UK 1983 Sell This Version
SKA-2743 Martin Best - Göran Fristorp & Martin Best album art Göran Fristorp & Martin Best Göran Fristorp & Martin Best - Göran Fristorp & Martin Best (Album) Sonet SKA-2743 Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
CDA66211 Martin Best - The Testament Of Tristan (Songs Of Bernart De Ventadorn) album art Bernart De Ventadorn - Martin Best Bernart De Ventadorn - Martin Best - The Testament Of Tristan (Songs Of Bernart De Ventadorn) Hyperion CDA66211 UK 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EMI 2900 Martin Best - Stopwatch Song album art Martin Best Stopwatch Song (Single) EMI EMI 2900 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Nimbus 45008 Martin Best - The Last Of The Troubadours album art Martin Best Medieval Ensemble*, Martin Best, Jeremy Barlow, David Corkhill, Alastair McLachlan Martin Best Medieval Ensemble*, Martin Best, Jeremy Barlow, David Corkhill, Alastair McLachlan - The Last Of The Troubadours(12", Amb) Nimbus Records Nimbus 45008 UK 1981 Sell This Version

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Sedayne

Sedayne

March 5, 2019
Actually a full length album, pressed at 45rpm as was the Nimbus policy in 1982 for better sound reproduction. Martin Best's 'Dante Troubadours' album is also in this format.

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