Scottish Lute

The 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 seventeenth

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/1992
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479012920
catalogNumber:
90129
Rank:
148442

Tracks

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

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