Dowland: First Booke of Songes (CD)

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Grace Davidson, David Miller

Following her debut release of Baroque works by Vivaldi and Handel earlier this year, Grace Davidson returns to disc on Signum with an intimate disc of Dowland’s first book of lute songs, accompanied by David Miller.

Blending melancholy with wit in his writing for both lute and voice, John Dowland’s songs have continued to enchant audiences and singers for nearly 400 years. The ‘First Booke’ includes some of Dowland’s less well-known works, and was recorded in the sensitive acoustic of Ascot Priory in Berkshire, UK.

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  1. Unquiet Thoughts
  2. Who Ever Thinks Or Hopes of Love for Love
  3. My Thoughts Are Wing’d With Hopes
  4. If My Complaints Could Passions Move
  5. Can She Excuse My Wrongs with Virtue’s Cloak?
  6. Now, Oh Now I Needs Must Part
  7. Dear, If You Change, I’ll Never Choose Again
  8. Burst Forth, My Tears
  9. Go Crystal Tears
  10. Think’st thou then by thy feigning
  11. Come Away, Come Sweet Love
  12. Rest A While, You Cruel Cares
  13. Sleep, Wayward Thoughts
  14. All Ye Whom Love or Fortune Hath Betray’d
  15. Wilt Thou Unkind Thus Reave Me of My Heart?
  16. Would My Conceit that First Enforc’d My Woe
  17. Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite
  18. His Golden Locks Time Hath to Silver Turned
  19. Awake, Sweet Love, Thou Art Return’d
  20. Come, Heavy Sleep
  21. Away With These Self-Loving Lads