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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479210524
  • Catalog Number: 92105
  • Sales rank: 384,058

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bonny sweet boy, folk song - Scottish Traditional & Ronn McFarlane (1:14)
  2. 2 Blame Not My Lute - Anonymous & Ronn McFarlane (2:54)
  3. 3 Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (1:26)
  4. 4 Mellancoly Galliard, for lute, P 25 - John Dowland & William Shakespeare (3:00)
  5. 5 Kemp's Gigue - Ronn McFarlane & Anonymous, English (1:11)
  6. 6 Packington's Pound - Ronn McFarlane & English Traditional (1:47)
  7. 7 Lachrimae, for lute, P 15 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (4:46)
  8. 8 Mrs Winters Jump, fo lute, P 55 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (0:47)
  9. 9 Go from my window, song arranged for lute, P 64 - John Dowland & Samuel Daniel (2:32)
  10. 10 When to her lute Corinna sings - Thomas Campion & Ronn McFarlane (1:07)
  11. 11 My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (1:18)
  12. 12 Pavan & Galliard ("Bray"), for keyboard in F major No. 1, MB 59 - William Byrd & Ronn McFarlane (4:51)
  13. 13 Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard, for lute, P 19 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (2:22)
  14. 14 Peg-a-ramsey - Anonymous & Thomas D'Urfey (2:28)
  15. 15 Fantasia, for lute in D minor, P 5 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (3:10)
  16. 16 Fortune My Foe, song arranged for lute, P 62 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (4:43)
  17. 17 Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard (The Queen's Galliard), for lute, P 97 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (1:13)
  18. 18 Tarleton's Resurrection, for lute, P 59 - John Dowland & Ronn McFarlane (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Aubry Davis Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Elizabethan Music and Poetry Mash-Up

    This recording presents Elizabethan lute music, as well as poetry from the Elizabethan and Restoration eras pertaining to the lute. While the poetry is from a variety of sources (including snippets from two of Shakespeare's plays) most of the music is from the prolific pen of John Dowland, who's repetoire is currently enjoying a well deserved revival.
    The music is performed by renowned virtuoso, Ronn McFarlane, whose playing is, as always, both inspired and inspiring. His performance of Dowland's "Lachrimae" is, by itself, worth the price of admission.
    Robert Aubrey Davis, the noted NPR radio presenter, provides the recitative; his readings sound to my (admittedly inexpert) ears to be well versed and sincere.
    The sound quality of this recording is consistently excellent. My only real quibble is that these two gentlemen were recorded on separate days, at separate locations, which gives the project a slightly disjointed feel. Since, according to the liner notes, they've performed this type of material in front of live audiences on several occasions, one can only hope that they'll consider setting up some recording equipment the next time they mount the stage. Until that time, this excellent and expertly done recording is the next best thing and is highly recommended.

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