Dowland: The Art of Melancholy (CD)

Hyperion
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CDA68007
Artist:
Iestyn Davies

Of all English songwriters, John Dowland has enjoyed the most powerful afterlife, his voice unmistakably present in any version of his songs. The preeminent marriage of music and poetry, the nuanced shades of wit and melancholy and the extraordinary writing for both lute and voice all combine to proclaim Dowland as the father of English song.

 

Countertenor Iestyn Davies has gained international fame through his operatic performances (including lead roles at the Metropolitan Opera of New York and English National Opera) and recordings (including his Gramophone-Award-winning recording of Arias for Guadagni). Hearing him in this intimate musical setting is a revelation—as is the playing of the young lutenist Thomas Dunford.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

Sorrow, stay

 

Come again, sweet love doth now invite

 

Go Crystal tears

 

Mrs Winter's Jump

 

I saw my Lady weepe

 

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

 

Can she excuse my wrongs? (First Booke of Songes, 1597)

 

Behold a wonder here

 

Semper Dowland Semper Dolens

 

In darkness let me dwell

 

Time stands still

 

All ye, whom Love or Fortune hath betray'd

 

Say love if ever thou didst find

 

Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares

 

Come away, come, sweet love

 

Shall I strive with wordes to move?

 

Burst forth my tears

 

Fortune my foe

 

Come heavy sleep

 

Now, O now, I needs must part

 

Frog Galliard

 

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Reviews:

 

BBC Music Magazine

May 2014

****

“Sophistication and refinement inform every note of Iestyn Davies's recital...this recording proves that the age of monochrome Dowland is over.”