John Dowland: Musicke for the Lute. Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan - The Huggett Family - The Huggett Family preparation for my forthcoming articles on the life and music of John Dowland for this series, I found myself playing, listening to, and reading about his music more often this year than I have in some time. Only recordings on compact disc are considered here.
I began collecting lute recordings Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan - The Huggett Family - The Huggett Family the early s, and while I have many CDs that are remasters originally released on LP, by the time I began to study the lute I had mostly abandoned my vinyl collection. For a robust discography of lute recordings on CD, click here. I am not a critic. Although I write about music from many different perspectives and occasionally stray into territory covered by critics like CD reviewsI generally avoid writing from that perspective.
Dowland left behind more music for solo lute than any of his contemporaries — but unlike his songs, most of which were published during his lifetime, little of it was published until the 20th century.
This was in the middle of the decade of my life when my absorption in the lute repertoire was at Chicago (My Kind Of Town) - Barry Manilow - Manilow Live! (Blu-ray-R) height. I bought this set as soon as it appeared at the NYC Tower Records store I haunted, waiting for treasures like this to show up.
Originally from Sweden, Lindberg b studied lute with Diana Poulton at the Royal College of Music in the s, eventually taking over as lute professor there when she retired. Lindberg describes the method by which he chose what to include and how he arranged it succinctly:. I decided to group the pieces according to the sources that my chosen versions come from. It would also restrict one to choosing the earliest version of each piece. This is not desirable since later versions are often more reliable.
Otherwise all the nuances disappear and the resulting timbre is incorrect. I own a number of BIS recordings from this time and the impression I have is that they were made with an audiophile in mind, i.
Perhaps with a hi-fidelity system including excellent speakers situated the correct distance Interlude - Jay-Z - The Black Album and from the listener, these CDs sound the way they were meant to but alas!
Harmonia Mundi HMU Instruments used for the project include 8-course instruments by Paul Thompson 1, 2, 3Malcolm Prior 1and Klaus Jacobsen 4, 5 ; a 6-course by Paul Thompson 2 ; a course by Ray Nurse 4, 5 ; and an orpharion by Stephen Barber 1. Dowland was a restless reviser, constantly updating and rearranging earlier works with increasingly fanciful ornamentation and richer harmonies.
Most of his earlier pieces exist in later and more elaborate versions. It is possible that none of the pieces on this CD were conceived by Dowland as lute solos in their present form. Several of the works heard here are attributed to Dowland in the sources, but are unlikely to have been written by him. North, Nigel, John Dowland: Complete Lute Music — 1.
Naxos 8. Unlike some contemporaries such as Hull - Men Diamler - Faster Than The Beatles Slower Than McCartney Holborne and Francis Cutting, Dowland left us very few pavan and galliard pairs.
The only true pair is the Lachrimae Pavan and Galliard to Lachrimae, although probably not written at the same time. He describes his idea behind these programs as stemming from examples published by Dowland and Holborne:. It is both wonderful to have this set of music by Dowland, prepared by him and printed for all to play, and yet also strange that he O Holy Night - The New American Guitar Ensemble ; Rick Ruskin and Lewis Ross - Songs, Hymns & Carol made a similar collection Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Pavan - The Huggett Family - The Huggett Family solo lute.
So here I have tried to imagine what Dowland might have chosen for a solo lute collection. The wire-strung instrument was tuned identically to the lute and their repertoires were regarded as interchangeable.
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