The Water is Wide and Other Lute Songs

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This disc is anything but an attempt at a historically accurate interpretation of English lute songs; the booklet, indeed, cheerfully states that "lute accompaniments have been written combining period technique with original ideas reflecting the individual character of the songs." Those accompaniments might in many cases almost be described as folky, with arpeggiated chords setting a relaxed mood that puts the focus on the unspectacular but warm countertenor singing of Nigel Perrin. And that folkiness pervades the album, which has something of a 1960s feel. Perrin concentrates on old songs that have become familiar, through the efforts of folk song collectors of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This disc is anything but an attempt at a historically accurate interpretation of English lute songs; the booklet, indeed, cheerfully states that "lute accompaniments have been written combining period technique with original ideas reflecting the individual character of the songs." Those accompaniments might in many cases almost be described as folky, with arpeggiated chords setting a relaxed mood that puts the focus on the unspectacular but warm countertenor singing of Nigel Perrin. And that folkiness pervades the album, which has something of a 1960s feel. Perrin concentrates on old songs that have become familiar, through the efforts of folk song collectors of the early twentieth century and their disciples in the folk revival, to listeners of the present day. It will be quite a surprise, if one hasn't taken a close look at the tracklist, to hear "Scarborough Fair" or "The Water Is Wide" (the latter now perhaps even better known in the U.S. than in England or its original Scottish homeland, where it was called "O, Waly Waly") coming out of the speaker; these and other songs are done with the lyrics that evolving tradition has given them rather than in older styles. Another group ("The Three Ravens," "Brigg Fair," and perhaps "John Barleycorn") is perhaps slightly less well known, and other tunes -- humorous, tragic, or romantic -- are cut from the same cloth but less familiar still. The result is something a good deal less common than a historically accurate lute song recording -- a performance that builds bridges between an old repertoire and the music of modern consciousness. Full texts are provided but are only occasionally needed, for Perrin sings everything musically and articulates the words clearly. This is a disc with considerable appeal to the average listener, but it will be of the greatest use to instructors who are trying to bring the bones of old English balladry to life for their students.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Meridian
  • EAN: 5015959453925
  • Catalog Number: 84539
  • Sales rank: 269,114

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Water Is Wide, folk song - British Isles Traditional & David Parsons (2:54)
  2. 2 Scarborough Fair - English Traditional & David Parsons (2:45)
  3. 3 Through Bushes and through Briars - English Traditional & David Parsons (3:00)
  4. 4 Tweedsyde (Mr. Beck, Balcarres Lute Book) - Scottish Traditional & David Parsons (2:02)
  5. 5 Lillibulero, lute song - English Traditional & David Parsons (0:52)
  6. 6 Over the Sea to Skye (a.k.a. "The Skye Boat Song") - Scottish Traditional & David Parsons (3:02)
  7. 7 I love my love, in secret (John morisons way) (Mr. Beck, Balcarres Lute Book) - Scottish Traditional & David Parsons (1:30)
  8. 8 The Turtle Dove - English Traditional & David Parsons (2:31)
  9. 9 John Barleycorn, folk song - Scottish Traditional & David Parsons (3:27)
  10. 10 The Three Ravens, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (3:29)
  11. 11 Bridgewater Fair - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:55)
  12. 12 The Cuckoo - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:52)
  13. 13 The Captain's Apprentice, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (2:56)
  14. 14 I Cannot Keepe My Wife at Howme, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (0:46)
  15. 15 Kemps Jig - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:10)
  16. 16 Woe worth the tyme (from Thomas Wode's Partbooks) - Anonymous, Scottish & David Parsons (2:32)
  17. 17 Since First I Saw Your Face, song for 4 voices & instruments - Thomas Ford & David Parsons (1:49)
  18. 18 Market Is Done, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:13)
  19. 19 Brigg Fair, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (2:07)
  20. 20 The Gillyflower, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:16)
  21. 21 Dance to your Daddy - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:35)
  22. 22 Greensleeves, English folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:52)
  23. 23 The Wexford Carol ("Good People All, This Christmastime") (Enniscorthy Carol) (Irish) - Christmas Traditional & David Parsons (2:16)
  24. 24 The Cobbler's Hornpipe (from Playford) - Anonymous, English & David Parsons (1:36)
  25. 25 The Wealthy Farmer's Son (or "The Honest Ploughman"), folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (1:42)
  26. 26 Come My Children Dere, folk song - Christmas Traditional & David Parsons (2:01)
  27. 27 Joy to the Person of My Love - Anonymous, Scottish & David Parsons (2:22)
  28. 28 Work(s): Scots Dance - Scottish Traditional & David Parsons (0:53)
  29. 29 Then Wilt Thou Go, folk song - Scottish Traditional & David Parsons (2:02)
  30. 30 Hollow My Fancie, folk song - English Traditional & David Parsons (3:05)
  31. 31 Fairest Isle (from "King Arthur"), aria for soprano, Z. 628/38 - Henry Purcell & David Parsons (2:19)
  32. 32 When Celia I Intend to Flatter You, song for voice & lute - Charles Coleman & David Parsons (1:51)
  33. 33 When Laura Smiles - Philip Rosseter & David Parsons (1:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nigel Perrin Primary Artist
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