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DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 4 (North) - The Queen's Galliard

Composer(s):Dowland, John
Artist(s) North, Nigel, lute
Period(s) Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570284
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Nigel North’s Dowland Lute Edition has gained him a garland of critical accolades: “A collector’s item” (The Times on Vol 1, 8.557586), “a remarkable performance of wonderful music” (American Record Guide on Vol 2, 8.557862), “North’s sweet-toned playing is both unfailingly musical and highly imaginative” (Gramophone on Vol 3, 8.570449), “Nigel North’s Dowland cycle sets a new benchmark” (5 STARS, BBC Music Magazine). On this fourth and final volume, North presents a selection of dances and songs by the composer celebrated as the ‘English Orpheus’.


Review By Lawson Taitte ,,April 2009

Most of the pieces this time around are catchy dance music, including some of the Renaissance master’s greatest hits—“The Frog Galliard,” “Loth to Depart” and North’s own transcription of “Come Again, Sweet Love.” The lute’s plucked sound is less resonant than a guitar’s, but North makes it sweet and appealing. He’s a virtuoso, but his rhythmic sense is bound to set toes to tapping.

If you don’t know this music, start here and work the series backward. If you already love it, grab up all four volumes.

Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,April 2009

Pure, unadulterated joy! The fourth (and alas) final volume of Nigel North’s traversal of Dowland’s cycle consists of 25 pieces, among them some of the composer’s best known and popular tunes. Here, the fortunate listener will encounter old friends such as Walsingham, The Frog Galliard, Awake Sweet Love (in the original plus North’s new version), and two dozen more, for a full hour of musical bliss. I hope that this artist will grace the Naxos catalogue with many more of his delightful renditions!

Review By David Denton, Naxos,March 2009

Rarely does a series of recordings achieve such unqualified universal acclaim, this being the fourth and final volume in Nigel North’s traversal of John Dowland’s music for lute. Born into the 16th century period when music for the instrument had become extremely fashionable in the upper echelons of society, Dowland was to spend much of his career performing in Western European courts. He also lived for a number of years in France where the music that he heard brought an added elegance and refinement to the instinctive Englishness of his scores. That we know so much of his music is almost entirely due to his son, Robert, who put aside his own talents as a composer to ensure that over a hundred of his father’s works were preserved for posterity. In



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