Daniel Taylor Sings Purcell & Dowland

Daniel Taylor Sings Purcell & Dowland

by Daniel Taylor
     
 
Daniel Taylor is a Canadian countertenor, one of a group that has come on the scene in recent years and given promise that soon the countertenor voice will be considered less an exotic specialty and more a generally cultivated voice type. Taylor, perhaps more than other countertenors active today, sounds as though he is engaging in a natural kind of voice production

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Daniel Taylor is a Canadian countertenor, one of a group that has come on the scene in recent years and given promise that soon the countertenor voice will be considered less an exotic specialty and more a generally cultivated voice type. Taylor, perhaps more than other countertenors active today, sounds as though he is engaging in a natural kind of voice production rather than channeling his voice into circuitous channels. His sound is quite awesomely smooth, little touched by vibrato or strong passion, restrained, extremely elegant, and modest in dimension -- perfect, in short, for the Dowland songs and mostly smaller Purcell airs that make up the bulk of this two-CD compilation, drawn from a pair of earlier releases. The set contains two of the great melancholy peaks of English song: John Blow's "So ceas'd the rival crew" and John Dowland's long "Lachrimae Antiquae" (Flow my tears). Taylor's readings of these are beautifully controlled, and, even though he does not have a really authoritative presence, both build to passages of great intensity. The downsides of the collection are few. No texts are included -- not a serious problem, for Taylor's articulation is crystal clear, but being able to glance over the texts and internalize them would free the listener's attention to focus on the subtleties of Taylor's singing. And of the two authentic-instrument ensembles that accompany Taylor here, the oddly named Da Sonar is more attuned to his style than the somewhat more mannered Les Voix Humaines. Nevertheless, for an introduction to the chamber sort of countertenor voice, buyers can hardly do better than this consistently gorgeous and budget-priced set.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/27/2005
Label:
Atma Classique
UPC:
0722056238922
catalogNumber:
22389
Rank:
249716

Tracks

  1. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: Fairest Isle  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  2. Sonata in 3 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No. 9 in C minor, Z. 798  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  3. Oedipus, incidental music, Z. 583: Music for a while  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  4. Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No. 3 in A minor, Z. 804  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  5. Welcome to all the pleasures (A Ode for St. Cecilia's Day), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 339: Here the deities approve  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  6. Now that the sun hath veiled his light, sacred song for soprano & continuo, Z. 193  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  7. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  8. Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No. 6 in G minor, Z. 807  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  9. O solitude, my sweetest choice, song, Z. 406  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  10. Sonata in 3 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo No.12 in D major, Z. 801  - Henry Purcell  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  11. So ceas'd the rival crew  - John Blow  - Daniel Taylor  - Da Sonar
  12. Time stands still, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  13. Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  14. Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  15. Lachrimae amantis, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  16. I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  17. Sorrow, come!, sacred song for soprano & 4 viols  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  18. Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  19. The Lady Suffolkes Delight, for ensemble: My hope is revived  - Tobias Hume  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  20. Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  21. Mrs Anne Markham's Pavan: Galliard  - Francis Cutting  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor
  22. Go from my window, song arranged for lute, P 64  - John Dowland  - Les Voix Humaines  - Daniel Taylor

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