Blame Not My Lute

Blame Not My Lute

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by Robert Aubry Davis
     
 

Dorian Sono Luminus' Blame Not My Lute is subtitled "Elizabethan Lute Music and Poetry" and features the talents of lutenist Ronn McFarlane in collaboration with the host of NPR's Millennium of Music program Robert Aubry Davis. These two native Washingtonians and longtime friends have presented Blame Not My Lute as a performance throughout the UnitedSee more details below

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Dorian Sono Luminus' Blame Not My Lute is subtitled "Elizabethan Lute Music and Poetry" and features the talents of lutenist Ronn McFarlane in collaboration with the host of NPR's Millennium of Music program Robert Aubry Davis. These two native Washingtonians and longtime friends have presented Blame Not My Lute as a performance throughout the United States over the course of many a year. It examines the sense of counterpoint between the cadences of Elizabethan verse and the English lute music of the time and in this sense Blame Not My Lute is certainly successful in drawing a meaningful correlation between the two. As a CD, however, it comes off more like an audio book or spoken word project rather than a musical recital. As with any radio voice, whether it is Corey Flintoff or Howard Stern, whether you want to listen or not is a matter of taste. Davis' gamut of Elizabethan delivery ranges from Falstaffian joviality to moon-eyed sentimentality, and if listeners are already well disposed toward Millennium of Music then they are equipped with a frame of reference; others might find the readings hokey and arch. McFarlane's lute, as always, is crisp, resonant, and conveyed with flair, and some additional actors read a scene from Thomas Heywood's play A Woman Killed with Kindness as a way to provide some vocal variety. Perhaps noting the limited potential audience, and application, of Blame Not My Lute, Dorian Sono Luminus has packaged it as economically as it can, yet manages to include a nicely illustrated 16-page booklet with small, but still legible text. One must be careful in removing the booklet from its pocket; the sheer act of pinching the pocket open enough to withdraw the booklet was sufficient to damage the front cover in the review copy, and you might want to extract the text with a pair of plastic tweezers instead. As to Blame Not My Lute itself, some may well take this in as an evening's entertainment, enjoyed once and then tucked away like a book; others, however, might think the choice of title for this Dorian Sono Luminus release a little too aptly chosen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479210524
Rank:
246701

Tracks

  1. Tarleton's Resurrection, for lute, P 59  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Thomas Wyatt  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  2. Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard (The Queen's Galliard), for lute, P 97  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  3. Fortune My Foe, song arranged for lute, P 62  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - John Davies  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  4. Fantasia, for lute in D minor, P 5  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  5. Peg-a-ramsey  - Thomas D'Urfey  -  Anonymous  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  6. Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard, for lute, P 19  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth  - Richard Barnfield
  7. Pavan & Galliard ("Bray"), for keyboard in F major No. 1, MB 59  - William Byrd  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  8. My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  9. When to her lute Corinna sings  - Thomas Campion  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  10. Go from my window, song arranged for lute, P 64  - John Dowland  - Samuel Daniel  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  11. Mrs Winters Jump, fo lute, P 55  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  12. Lachrimae, for lute, P 15  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  13. Packington's Pound  - English Traditional  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  14. Kemp's Gigue  -  Anonymous, English  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  15. Mellancoly Galliard, for lute, P 25  - William Shakespeare  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  16. Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54  - John Dowland  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth
  17. Blame Not My Lute  -  Anonymous  - Ronn McFarlane  - Thomas Wyatt  - Randy Rodriguez  - Robert Aubry Davis  - Brandon Bloodworth
  18. Bonny sweet boy, folk song  - Scottish Traditional  - Ronn McFarlane  - Randy Rodriguez  - Brandon Bloodworth

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