Indigo Road

Indigo Road

by Ronn McFarlane
     
 
American lutenist Ronn McFarlane has taken on the difficult task of popularizing the lute, which does not appeal to the average listener as readily as does a guitar. He has released several chronological collections with maximum audience appeal as the primary selection criterion, and with Indigo Road he offers a disc of original lute music that is contemporary

Overview

American lutenist Ronn McFarlane has taken on the difficult task of popularizing the lute, which does not appeal to the average listener as readily as does a guitar. He has released several chronological collections with maximum audience appeal as the primary selection criterion, and with Indigo Road he offers a disc of original lute music that is contemporary enough and mellow enough to be easily digestible -- but that has enough technical flash to compel the attention of professionals and artfully modernizes the tradition of the Renaissance lutenist. The music of the English lute school, though it might be circulated among various players, was often intended for performance by the composer himself, so McFarlane is in a sense picking up where Renaissance players left off. His style refers only glancingly to Renaissance music -- "Dowland's Goodnight" is based on a theme by John Dowland -- but he draws in contemporary styles such as bluegrass, Celtic music, and even rock, elaborating them much as a lutenist of four centuries ago might have. McFarlane breaks up the sequence of lute pieces with accompaniment by bass, flute, harp, harmonium, various other instruments, and a string quartet; these instruments are held to a quiet enough form of address that they do not overshadow the lute, and the variety is appealing, but the shifting textures may prove distracting to those paying close attention to what McFarlane is doing. The new age calm of some selections may also put off listeners whose tendency is to pay attention intensely, but for many newcomers this will be an attractive introduction to an unfamiliar instrument. It is also beautifully recorded, which seems to be a tall order for lute discs.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479070128
catalogNumber:
90701
Rank:
91173

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Tracks

  1. Cathedral Cave, for lute, flute, bass & percussion
  2. Indigo Road, for lute
  3. Denali, for lute
  4. Overland, for lute, harp, string quartet, bass & percussion
  5. Pinetops, for lute, cittern & bass
  6. Blue Norther, for lute
  7. Chocolate Factory, for lute & percussion
  8. Rosa, for lute, harmonium, bass & percussion
  9. Uncharted Waters, for lute & bass
  10. Sycamore, for lute, flute & bass
  11. Dowland's Goodnight, for lute
  12. Early Christmas Morning, for lute
  13. Gigue, for lute
  14. Thistleheart, for lute, flute & bass
  15. Over the Green Earth, for lute
  16. Augusta, for lute, harp, bass & percussion

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