Jacobean Lute Music

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Jacobean Lute Music


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - April 2014



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6th Jan 2014




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Jacobean Lute Music


A Scottish Dance

Draw Near to Me and Love Me

Hence to me Molly Gray

A Scottish Tune

Scottish Hunts Up


John Come Kiss Me Now


Mounsiers Almaine


La jeune fillette




A Fancy

The Battle Galliard

Mr John Langton's Pavan

Gaultier, J:




Hely, C:



Johnson, R:



Robinson, T:

Merry Melancholy

A Galliard

Walking in a Country Towne

A Gigue

Spanish Pavan

A Gigue

A Toy

Row Well, you Mariners



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From the reign of Henry VIII and onwards, the lute and its practitioners enjoyed the patronage of the very highest English society. Henry played the lute himself, as did his daughter Elizabeth I, who during one period employed as many as five lutenists at her court. In 1603, when she was succeeded on the throne by James I, the tradition was maintained: with his appointment of John Dowland the king increased the number of royal lutenists, while his queen, Anne of Denmark, played the lute herself. This royal enthusiasm for the lute influenced the aristocracy, and an English style of lute music was established. A large corpus of solo music has been preserved, mostly in manuscript sources, from which Jakob Lindberg has made a personal selection. This includes obvious candidates – such as John Dowland and Robert Johnson – but also pieces by the enigmatic Cuthbert Hely, whose work only survives in one single lute book, and by a certain ‘Gauthier' – possibly Jacques Gaultier, who had fled to England after killing an adversary in a duel. The inclusion of this French lutenist also serves to highlight the abundance of French lute music in Jacobean sources, especially, as heard here, in the form of courantes. Another favourite genre in many lute books are settings, often anonymous, of Scottish folk music, and this is also reflected in Lindberg's selection. One of the foremost exponents of the lute and this repertoire, Jakob Lindberg performs the programme on what is possibly the world's oldest lute in playing condition, built in c. 1590 – and thus almost exactly contemporary with the music on this disc.

John Dowland: A Fancy

A Fancy

Thomas Robinson: The Schoole of Musicke

Merry Melancholy

A Galliard

Walking in a country town

A Gigue

Robert Johnson: Pavan No. 2 in F Minor

Pavan No. 2 in F Minor

Anonymous: A Scottish Dance [17th Century]

A Scottish Dance [17th Century]

Anonymous: Draw Near to Me and Love Me [17th Century]

Draw Near to Me and Love Me [17th Century]

Anonymous: Hence to me Molly Gray [17th Century]

Hence to me Molly Gray [17th Century]

Anonymous: A Scottish Tune [17th Century]

A Scottish Tune [17th Century]

Anonymous: Scottish Hunts Up [17th Century]

Scottish Hunts Up [17th Century]

Daniel Bacheler: Monsieur's Almain (40a) (from Selected Works for Lute)

Monsieur's Almain

Cuthbert Hely: Fantasia


Cuthbert Hely: Saraband


John Dowland: Round Battle Galliard, P. 39

Round Battle Galliard, P. 39

Daniel Bacheler: Prelude


Daniel Bacheler: Une Jeune Fillette

Une Jeune Fillette

Daniel Bacheler: Courante in B-Flat Minor

Courante in B-Flat Minor

Jacques Gaultier: Courante [1]

Courante [1]

Jacques Gaultier: Cloches


Jacques Gaultier: Courante [2]

Courante [2]

Daniel Bacheler: Pavan in D Major

Pavan in D Major

Anonymous: Prelude [17th Century]

Prelude [17th Century]

Anonymous: John com Kisse me now [17th Century]

John Come Kiss Me Now [17th Century]

Robert Johnson: Fantasia


The Schoole of Musicke

The Spanish Pavin

A Gigue

A Toy

Row well you Marriners

John Dowland: Mr. John Langton's Pavan, P. 14

Sir John Langton's Pavan

Gramophone Magazine

April 2014

“the lute music from this period represents some of the best ever written for the instrument...Under Lindberg's fingers, and on his beloved Sixtus Rauwolf lute (c1590), even the relatively straightforward anonymous Scottish pieces included here are imbued with the same affecting lyricism he lavishes on the [named] works.”

BBC Music Magazine

April 2014


“The sound of Jakob Lindberg's lute, made by Sixtus Rauwolf in the last decade of the 16th century, is unusually warm...It a meticulously voiced recital that moves between court, theatre and tavern...Lindberg conjures an age that was as perilous as it was rich in musical invention.”

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