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DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 2 (North) - Dowland's Tears

Composer(s):Dowland, JohnNorth, Nigel
Artist(s) North, Nigel, lute
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557862
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


The pre-eminent lutenist of his day, John Dowland was an almost exact contemporary of William Shakespeare. This second volume of his complete lute music (Volume One is available on Naxos 8.557586) includes perhaps his best-known work, the Lachrimae Pavan. This melancholic work became the most popular pavan of its age, a model for all pavans and was a central piece in the Elizabethan lute repertoire. The closing pavan based on the composer’s motto Semper Dowland Semper Dolens (Dowland is always doleful) is full of exquisitely restless harmonies and quotations from the composer’s songs.


   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 1 (North) – Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits 8.557586
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 2 (North) – Dowland’s Tears 8.557862
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 3 (North) – Pavans, Galliards and Almains 8.570449

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Review By John Brunning,Classic FM,February 2007

Nigel North's interest in music dates from the early 1960's, when, at the age of seven, he first encountered the guitar group, The Shadows. That strikes me as doubly ironic, since the instrument he subsequently chose to play, the lute, was seriously overshadowed by the guitar. In Elizabethan England, John Dowland was to the lute what Eric Clapton is to modern guitar - a superstar. This second volume of Dowland's solo lute music includes his best-known composition: Lachrimae Pavan - Dowland's Tears in Heaven, perhaps. But seriously, Nigel North is one of Britain's most respected lutenists, and this, the second of a four-album project, is very fine indeed, beautifully played and well recorded.








 

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