Scottish Lute

Scottish Lute

by Ronn McFarlane
     
 

Since lutenist Ronn McFarlane's first Dorian disc The English Lute Song was both critically and financially successful, it was all but inevitable that one of his subsequent discs for Dorian would feature lute works from elsewhere in the British Isles. And so here we have McFarlane's The Scottish Lute: 56 tunes drawn from four different seventeenthSee more details below

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Since lutenist Ronn McFarlane's first Dorian disc The English Lute Song was both critically and financially successful, it was all but inevitable that one of his subsequent discs for Dorian would feature lute works from elsewhere in the British Isles. And so here we have McFarlane's The Scottish Lute: 56 tunes drawn from four different seventeenth century Scottish collections. Performing on either lute or mandora (a smaller cousin of the lute pitched an octave higher), McFarlane is called upon to do more in The Scottish Lute than he did in The English Lute Song because while the earlier disc programmed music with written out chords and counterpoints, the later disc programs music for which more often than not only the melody is notated. Thus while the earlier disc required more of him technically, this disc requires more of him interpretively. Here, McFarlane has to subordinate virtuosity to musicality, and because he is more of a musician than a showoff, the results are equal to the achievement of The English Lute Song. Though the music is predominantly quiet, the nuances and subtleties of each piece are revealed in McFarlane's soulful and searching performances. Try just the opening two songs of the second set: "I long for the wedding" and "I long for thy virginite." If their charms are too fay and their aesthetic too quaint, this disc may not be for you. But if the music's intimacy and McFarlane's tenderness move you, by all means, try the rest. Dorian's sound is very clear, but also very atmospheric.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/1992
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479012920
Rank:
391495

Tracks

  1. Drawe neare me and lowe me (from Jane Pickering Lute Book)  - Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  2. A Scotts Tune (Jane Pickering Lute Book)  - Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  3. The Scottish Huntsupe (Jane Pickering Lute Book)  - Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  4. I long for the wedding, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  5. I long for thy virginitie, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  6. The Canaries, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  7. Canaries, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  8. I mett her in the medowe (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  9. Lett never cruelite dishonour bewtie (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  10. Jennet drinks no water (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  11. A Scots Tune (The Rowallan Lute Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  12. Corne yairds, for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  13. Gypsies Lilt (from "The Rowallan Lute Book")  - Scottish Traditional  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  14. A Scots Tune, No 1  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  15. A Scots Tune, No 2  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  16. Alace I lie my alon I'm lik to die awald (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  17. Flowers of the Forest  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  18. Remember me at evening (Skene Mandora MS)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  19. I will not go to bed till I suld die  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  20. Port Rorie Dall, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  21. Lilt Ladie An Gordonn, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  22. Gallua Tom, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  23. Whip my toudie, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  24. Hench me Malie Gray, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  25. Wo betyd thy wearie bodie, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  26. Lesleis Lilt (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  27. Pitt on you shirt on Monday (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  28. Blew Breiks (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  29. Ladie Laudians Lilt, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  30. To dance about the Baikeis dubb (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  31. My mistres blush is bonie (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  32. A Scots Tune, No 3  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  33. Its a wonder to see, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  34. Port Preist  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  35. An thou wert my ain thing, for voice & lute  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  36. Port Jean Linsey, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  37. Gabot (from Rowallen Lute Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  38. Untitled (I), for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  39. Current (Rowallen Lute Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  40. Volte  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  41. Doun in yon bank  - Scottish Traditional  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  42. Aderneis Lilt (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  43. Ladie Cassiles Lilt (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  44. I Serve a Worthy Lady  - English Traditional  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  45. Ane Scottis Dance, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620)  -  Anonymous, English  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  46. Swit Sant nikcola, from the Rowallen Lute Book  -  Anonymous  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  47. Untitled (II), for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  48. Untitled (III), for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  49. A Port (Rowallan Lute Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  50. Graysteil, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  51. Put on thy sark on Munday, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  52. The old man, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  53. A Port, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  54. Ladie Laudians Lilt, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  55. I kist her while she blusht, for lute  -  Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane
  56. Adew Dundie (from Skene Mandora Book)  -  Anonymous, Scottish  -  Douglas Brown  - Ronn McFarlane

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