Not Just Dowland: Songs for Soprano and Lute

Not Just Dowland: Songs for Soprano and Lute

by Carolyn Sampson
     
 

This live recording featuring soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth comes from a recital the pair gave at London's Wigmore Hall in December 2008. The title, Not Just Dowland: Songs for Soprano and Lute, includes only three tracks by Dowland and primarily serves to draw attention to the great many other composers whoSee more details below

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This live recording featuring soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth comes from a recital the pair gave at London's Wigmore Hall in December 2008. The title, Not Just Dowland: Songs for Soprano and Lute, includes only three tracks by Dowland and primarily serves to draw attention to the great many other composers who wrote lute songs in the Renaissance and Early Baroque eras. The English and Italian composers include Robert Johnson, who is represented by five pieces, and Philip Rosseter, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Grandi, Alessandro Piccinini, Giulio Caccini, Giovanni Kapsberger, and Tarquinio Merula. Eight tracks are devoted to Wadsworth's solos on lute or theorbo, and he uses the theorbo to accompany the Italian songs. The album is clearly marketed to Dowland fans, who should be delighted that Sampson and Wadsworth have highlighted such lovely repertoire using the same performing forces as Dowland. Almost all the English songs are in the somber mood characteristic of Dowland, and the Italian songs have a broader expressive range, some of them, like the Monteverdi, quite sunny, and they are generally more virtuosic. Although Sampson has an extensive repertoire reaching into the modern era, her specialty is the Baroque, for which her light, pure, crystalline voice is beautifully suited. Her performance of Dowland's "In darkness let me dwell" doesn't have the anguished gravitas that many singers bring to it, but it is touching in its chaste understatement. She is most fully in her element in the songs that show off the supple agility of her voice. Wadsworth's solos make up a significant part of the recital, and the sensitivity and soulfulness of his playing are especially engaging. The sound is clean and warm, but the amount of applause that's included between sets seems excessive and distracting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/2010
Label:
Wigmore Hall Live
UPC:
5065000924324
catalogNumber:
34
Rank:
355207

Tracks

  1. Pavan 3 for lute in C minor  - Robert Johnson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  2. Have You Seen but a White Lily Grow? for voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  - Ben Jonson  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  3. Canzonetta spirituale sopra "Alla Nanna" (Curtio Precipitato et altri Capricii composti in diversi modi vaghi eleggiadri à voce sola  - Tarquinio Merula  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  4. Kapsberger for chitarrone  - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  5. Toccata Arpeggiata for chitarrone (from Book 1 of D'Intavolatura di Chitarrone)  - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  6. Amarilli mia bella, for voice & continuo (from "Le Nuove musiche")  - Giulio Caccini  - Giovanni Battista Guarini  - Andrew Huth  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  7. Partite variate sopra "la Folia" aria romanesca  - Alessandro Piccinini  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  8. Toccata for lute No 13  - Alessandro Piccinini  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  9. O quam tu pulchra es, motet for voice & continuo  - Alessandro Grandi  - Clifford Bartlett  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  10. Quel sguardo sdegnosetto, madrigal for soprano (from Scherzi musicali), SV 247/1  - Claudio Monteverdi  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  11. In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)  - John Dowland  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  12. Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - John Dowland  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  13. Pavane No. 4  - Alfonso Ferrabosco (The Elder)  - Alfonso Ferrabosco (The Younger)  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  14. Care-Charming Sleep, for high voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly  - John Fletcher
  15. O Let Us Howl, for voice & lute  - Robert Johnson  - Carolyn Sampson  - John Webster  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  16. Away Delights, for soprano voice & 10-string lute  - Robert Johnson  - Francis Beaumont  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly  - John Fletcher
  17. Prelude, for lute  - Philip Rosseter  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  18. Fortune My Foe, song arranged for lute, P 62  - John Dowland  - Carolyn Sampson  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly
  19. Galliard  -  Anonymous  - Matthew Wadsworth  - John Gilhooly

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