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This programme has been devised by Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music to present the idea of love as painted by poets and composers between 1560-1630. The musicians are joined by critically acclaimed Shakespearean actor Ralph Fiennes who recites poems by Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion and others. These poems intersperse a collection of songs, duets and instrumental pieces by Dowland, Robert Jones and Robert Johnson.
Robert Jones: Though your strangeness
Though your strangeness
Robert Jones: My complaining is but feigning
My complaining is but feigning
George Herbert: Love
Robert Jones: Once did I serve a cruel heart
Once did I serve a cruel heart
Robert Johnson: Lady Hatton's Almain
Lady Hatton's Almain
Robert Jones: Sweet Kate
William Shakespeare: When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
Robert Jones: What if I seek for love of thee?
What if I seek for love of thee?
Walter Raleigh: In the grace of wit, of tongue, and face
In the grace of wit, of tongue, and face
John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: Flow, my tears, fall from your springs
Flow, my tears, fall from your springs
William Shakespeare: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
Robert Jones: Lie down, poor heart
Lie down, poor heart
Ben Jonson: Slow, slow, fresh fount
Slow, slow, fresh fount
Anonymous: Zouch his march
Zouch his march
John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 3: Say, Love, if ever thou didst find
Say, Love, if ever thou didst find
John Dowland: Lachrimae
Francis Quarles: Sighs, "If our sad eyes"
Sighs ("If our sad eyes")
John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 3: Me, me and none but me
Me, me and none but me
John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 1: Come again, sweet love doth now invite
Come again, sweet love doth now invite
Thomas Campion: Now winter nights enlarge
Now winter nights enlarge
Robert Jones: And is it night?
And is it night?
Robert Jones: Grief of my best love's absenting
Grief of my best love's absenting
William Shakespeare: So am I as the rich whose blessed key
So am I as the rich whose blessed key
Robert Johnson: The second witches dance
The second witches dance
Thomas Campion: Followe thy faire sunne, unhappy shaddowe
Followe thy faire sunne, unhappy shaddowe
Robert Jones: Hark! Wot ye what?
Hark! Wot ye what?
Abraham Cowley: The given heart
The given heart
“Countertenor Daniel Taylor - the ensemble's artistic director - has a sweet, supple voice which complements James Bowman's darker, plangent sound. Lute, viol and harp are sensitively played by Elizabeth Kenny, Mark Levy and Frances Kelly, providing aptly soft voiced accompaniments for this most intimate of repertoires. ...if this beguiling music is not enough to seduce the ear, Ralph Fiennes's measured, thoughtful recitations surely will. A haunting collection...”