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ClassicsOnline Home » DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 1 (North) - Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits
The pre-eminent lutenist of his day, John Dowland was an almost exact contemporary of William Shakespeare. This first volume of his complete lute music, which comprises about one hundred solo pieces, includes the 7 Fantasies (or Fancyes), free-form, improvisatory works in which the composer gives free rein to his fertile imagination and wonderful melodic gift.
Proficient performance of an absolute treasure
The past two decades have seen a lot of experimentation with performances of early and baroque music. It is wonderful to hear a soundly trained musician return to the basics: one instrument, one composer, and wonderfully performed music.
Dowland ranks amongst the greatest composers not only of his, but of any age, and the magical sound of the lute is something to be rediscovered every day anew. Nigel North plays the much neglected lute as if it were an extension of his body, and of his musical soul.more....
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