The Scottish Lute

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 9/2/1992
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479012920
  • Catalog Number: 90129
  • Sales rank: 157,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drawe neare me and lowe me (from Jane Pickering Lute Book) - Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:41)
  2. 2 A Scotts Tune (Jane Pickering Lute Book) - Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:16)
  3. 3 The Scottish Huntsupe (Jane Pickering Lute Book) - Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book & Douglas Brown (2:51)
  4. 4 I long for the wedding, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:12)
  5. 5 I long for thy virginitie, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:20)
  6. 6 The Canaries, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:52)
  7. 7 Canaries, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:51)
  8. 8 I mett her in the medowe (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:44)
  9. 9 Lett never cruelite dishonour bewtie (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (0:54)
  10. 10 Jennet drinks no water (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:12)
  11. 11 A Scots Tune (The Rowallan Lute Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:48)
  12. 12 Corne yairds, for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:47)
  13. 13 Gypsies Lilt (from "The Rowallan Lute Book") - Scottish Traditional & Douglas Brown (2:37)
  14. 14 A Scots Tune, No 1 - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (1:09)
  15. 15 A Scots Tune, No 2 - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (2:33)
  16. 16 Alace I lie my alon I'm lik to die awald (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:48)
  17. 17 Flowers of the Forest - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:56)
  18. 18 Remember me at evening (Skene Mandora MS) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:51)
  19. 19 I will not go to bed till I suld die - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (1:13)
  20. 20 Port Rorie Dall, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (2:26)
  21. 21 Lilt Ladie An Gordonn, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:35)
  22. 22 Gallua Tom, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:52)
  23. 23 Whip my toudie, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:26)
  24. 24 Hench me Malie Gray, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:31)
  25. 25 Wo betyd thy wearie bodie, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (3:15)
  26. 26 Lesleis Lilt (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:53)
  27. 27 Pitt on you shirt on Monday (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:00)
  28. 28 Blew Breiks (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (1:07)
  29. 29 Ladie Laudians Lilt, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:44)
  30. 30 To dance about the Baikeis dubb (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:08)
  31. 31 My mistres blush is bonie (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:17)
  32. 32 A Scots Tune, No 3 - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:49)
  33. 33 Its a wonder to see, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:56)
  34. 34 Port Preist - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:26)
  35. 35 An thou wert my ain thing, for voice & lute - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (0:41)
  36. 36 Port Jean Linsey, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:46)
  37. 37 Gabot (from Rowallen Lute Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:04)
  38. 38 Untitled (I), for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (1:23)
  39. 39 Current (Rowallen Lute Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (0:55)
  40. 40 Volte - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:01)
  41. 41 Doun in yon bank - Scottish Traditional & Douglas Brown (1:32)
  42. 42 Aderneis Lilt (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (0:51)
  43. 43 Ladie Cassiles Lilt (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (0:53)
  44. 44 I Serve a Worthy Lady - English Traditional & Douglas Brown (0:56)
  45. 45 Ane Scottis Dance, for lute (from the Rowallen Lute Book, 1620) - Anonymous, English & Douglas Brown (0:40)
  46. 46 Swit Sant nikcola, from the Rowallen Lute Book - Anonymous & Douglas Brown (1:33)
  47. 47 Untitled (II), for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (0:55)
  48. 48 Untitled (III), for lute (from the Rowallen Manuscript) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (1:01)
  49. 49 A Port (Rowallan Lute Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (2:17)
  50. 50 Graysteil, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:07)
  51. 51 Put on thy sark on Munday, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:14)
  52. 52 The old man, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:06)
  53. 53 A Port, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:24)
  54. 54 Ladie Laudians Lilt, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (0:57)
  55. 55 I kist her while she blusht, for lute - Anonymous, Straloch Lute Book & Douglas Brown (1:14)
  56. 56 Adew Dundie (from Skene Mandora Book) - Anonymous, Scottish & Douglas Brown (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronn McFarlane Primary Artist
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