John Dowland: Lute Songs

John Dowland: Lute Songs

by James Bowman
     
 

Originally recorded on a pair of LPs in 1976 and 1978, this collection of Dowland lute songs, along with works by his near contemporaries Thomas Campion (here given in the unusual "Campian" spelling), John Danyel (or Daniel), and Philip Rosseter,See more details below

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Originally recorded on a pair of LPs in 1976 and 1978, this collection of Dowland lute songs, along with works by his near contemporaries Thomas Campion (here given in the unusual "Campian" spelling), John Danyel (or Daniel), and Philip Rosseter, formed part of the second generation of countertenor recordings in the LP era. The instrument of countertenor James Bowman was durable enough to keep him active well into the next century, even as a greater variety of countertenor voices came on the scene, and this release may be regarded as a cornerstone of the library of countertenor recordings. It reflects its era in various ways. The program consists of an almost unbroken succession of songs, with just three solo lute pieces for contrast. And Bowman's voice has the rounded, Julia Child-a-couple-of-octaves-up quality favored by the early exponents of countertenor singing. This said, countertenors who have developed their own styles in the years since this recording appear to owe a great deal to this release and others like it. For sheer musicality Bowman has rarely been topped. No printed texts are provided in the booklet (which is in English only), but they're hardly needed, at least for anglophones; Bowman, unlike quite a few other countertenors, enunciates everything clearly and, although his style is on the dry, delicate side, seems to weigh the proper expression of every word he sings. Dowland's songs, which for the most part are quite intricate in their structure as compared with those by the other three composers, are intelligently shaped in their larger dimensions as well as their local syntax. The remastering has retained the clear, intimate sound of the original recording. In all this is another worthwhile reissue from the small Alto label of suburban New York City, which has unearthed many small treasures of the twentieth century's recorded legacy. The layout of the booklet is awkward, with a tracklist that begins on the back cover and continues on the previous inside page, but the sketch of Dowland's career is concise and appealing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Musical Concepts
UPC:
0894640001486
catalogNumber:
1048
Rank:
216814

Tracks

  1. Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  2. Go crystal tears, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  3. Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  4. Awake sweet love, thou art returned, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  5. Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  6. Shall I sue, shall I seek for grace?, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  7. Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  8. Lachrimae, pavan for lute (music by Dowland poss. arr. by W.Wigthorpe)  - John Dowland  - Robert Spencer
  9. What if I never speed?, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  10. Me, me, and none but me, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  11. Flow not so fast ye fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  12. When Phoebus first did Daphne love, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  13. Lady if you so spite me, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musical Banquet)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  14. Shall I strive with words to move, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  15. Tell me, true Love, for voice, bass viol, 4 part chorus & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)  - John Dowland  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  16. Semper Dowland semper dolens, pavan for lute, P 9  - John Dowland  - Robert Spencer
  17. Faire If You Expect Admiring for voice, lute & bass viol  - Thomas Campion  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  18. I Care Not for These Ladies for voice, lute & bass viol  - Thomas Campion  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  19. It Fell on a Sommers Daie for voice, lute & bass viol  - Thomas Campion  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  20. Sypres Curten of the Night Is Spread, for voice, lute & bass viol  - Thomas Campion  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  21. Lady Laiton's Almain, for lute, P 48  - John Dowland  - Robert Spencer
  22. Eyes Look No More  - John Danyel  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  23. Like As the Lute Delights  - John Danyel  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  24. What Delight Can They Enjoy  - John Danyel  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  25. Captain Candishe his Galliard, P 21  - John Dowland  - Robert Spencer
  26. Sweet, Come Again  - Philip Rosseter  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer
  27. Whether Men Do Laugh or Weep, for voice & lute  - Philip Rosseter  - James Bowman  - Robert Spencer

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