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DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 3 (North) - Pavans, Galliards and Almains

Composer(s):Dowland, John
Artist(s) North, Nigel, lute
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570449
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

The pre-eminent lutenist of his day, John Dowland was an almost exact contemporary of William Shakespeare. This third volume of Dowland’s Lute Music (Volumes 1 and 2 are available on Naxos 8.557586 and 8.557862) explores the three principal dances of the time, Pavans, Galliards and Almains. Of particular note are the strikingly unusual Galliard on a Galliard of Bachelar, which takes the opening four bars of an original dance by Dowland’s contemporary Daniel Bachelar and then branches off into its own world of great variety and fantasy, and the beautiful and serious “Pavana Doulant”, a work written from the very heart of the composer known as the ‘English Orpheus’.


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


Review By Lesley Sly,Sound & Image (Australia),May 2008

The composer—known as the English Orpheus—is mostly remembered for melancholic undertow, and his dances were written to be listened to, not danced to, but they are intensely melodic and to varying degrees spirited, virtuosic, contemplative, haunting. North captures all this with stunning technique that renders the music so natural it could be improvised, rather than researched.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2008

Some of Dowland's most popular pieces are included in this excellent anthology of "danceable" compositions. Nigel North plays with great insight and style, and has the benefit of close-up recording in a spacious setting. For those who shy away from "Semper dolens, semper Dowland" melancholic outpourings, this disc offers delightful respite.

Review By Georg Henkel,,February 2008


Wieder darf man sich über eine rundum gelungene Naxos-Folge von Lautenmusik des Englischen Orpheus John Dowland freuen. Die Musik des Shakespeare-Zeitgenossen erfährt zum 3. Mal unter den kundigen Händen von Nigel North eine gleichermaßen lebendige und luzide Darstellung.

Dieses Mal bilden Pavanen, Gagliarden und Allemanden den Schwerpunkt der Produktion. Diese Tanzformen wurden von Dowland zu Medien eines persönlichen Ausdrucks gemacht: Hörstücke, die kaum noch Begleitung zum Tanz sind, dafür zur Kontemplation, zur geistvollen Muße oder – typisch für Dowland und seine Zeit – zur Beschwörung melancholischer Seelenzustände dienen.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

Born in England around 1563, John Dowland lived at a time when lute music had become extremely fashionable, his life largely spent earning fame and fortune as a performer in European courts. He had lived for some years in France where he embraced the Catholic faith, and it was there that he learnt the refinements that were to colour the instinctive Englishness of his scores. At the time equally famed for his music for voice and lute, it is today his solo lute music by which he is best known. Over a hundred works were preserved for posterity due to the efforts of his son, Robert, who edited his fathers music after his death and saw that it was published. For this third volume in the complete cycle of his lute works, Nigel North has concentrated on the many Almains, which in mood are



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