Orpheus in England

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Orpheus in England

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BISCD1725
(BIS-CD-1725)

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st Jan 2011

Barcode:

7318590017258

Length:

75 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Orpheus in England


Dowland:

Disdain me still

Lend your eares to my sorrow good people

Come heavy sleep

Preludium

The Earl of Essex's Galliard

A Shepherd in a Shade

By a fountain where I lay

Away with these self-loving lads

Lachrimae Pavan, P. 15

Tarleton's Riserrectione

If that a sinner's sigh

A Fantasie

Toss not my soul

In darkness let me dwell

Purcell:

She loves and she confesses too, Z413

They tell us that your mighty powers, Z630

Trumpet Tune in C major, ZT 678, called the Cibell

Echo Dance of the Furies (from Dido & Aeneas)

Ritornello ‘The Grove’

Fly swift ye hours, Z369

O lead me to some peaceful gloom (from Bonduca or The British Heroine, Z574)

What a sad fate is mine, Z428

A New Irish Tune Z646

A New Irish Tune Z646

A New Scotch Tune Z 655

Hornpipe

A New Ground in E minor, Z. T682

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Music for a while, Z583


Emma Kirkby (soprano) & Jakob Lindberg (lute)

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Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg have devised a programme which takes in a wide spectrum of emotions: from the pastoral joyfulness of By a fountain and the melancholy of In darkness let me dwell, we are led via the desperation and drama of Bess of Bedlam to the conviction expressed in Music for a while that music has the power to vanquish even death. Interspersing the songs are lute solos, including Dowland’s immortal Lachrimae, but also Lindberg’s own transcriptions of Purcell pieces such as The Cibell and the Echo Dance of the Furies from Dido and Aeneas, performed on Lindberg’s unique four-hundred year old instrument. Kirkby and Lindberg are musical partners of long standing, with earlier collaborations on BIS including Musique and Sweet Poetrie (BISSACD1505), a survey of the lute song across Europe around the year 1600. ‘A grand tour conducted by a pair of ideal guides’ was how the reviewer in Gramophone described that disc, while his colleague in International Record Review found that the ‘undeniably glorious performances’ made the disc ‘a journey well worth making’.

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: Disdain me still, that I may ever love

Book of Songs, Book 2: Disdain me still, that I may ever love

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 3: Lend your ears to my sorrow, good people

Book of Songs, Book 3: Lend your ears to my sorrow, good people

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 1: Come, heavy sleep

Book of Songs, Book 1: Come, heavy sleep

John Dowland: Prelude, P. 98

Prelude, P. 98

John Dowland: Varietie of Lute Lessons

Varietie of Lute Lessons, II. The Right Honourable Earl of Essex, His Galliard (42a)

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: A shepherd in a shade

Book of Songs, Book 2: A shepherd in a shade

John Dowland: The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires: By a fountain where I lay

The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires: By a fountain where I lay

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 1: Away with these self-loving lads

Book of Songs, Book 1: Away with these self-loving lads

John Dowland: Lachrimae, P. 15

Lachrimae, P. 15

John Dowland: Tarleton's Resurrection, P. 59

Tarleton's Resurrection, P. 59

John Dowland: A Pilgrimes Solace: If that a sinner's sighs be angel's food

A Pilgrimes Solace: If that a sinner's sighs be angel's food

Varietie of Lute Lessons

Varietie of Lute Lessons: X. A Fantasie (1a)

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 2: Toss not my soul

Book of Songs, Book 2: Toss not my soul

John Dowland: Book of Songs, Book 4, "A Pilgrimes Solace": In darkness let me dwell

Book of Songs, Book 4, "A Pilgrimes Solace": In darkness let me dwell

Henry Purcell: She loves and she confesses too, Z. 413

She loves and she confesses too, Z. 413

Henry Purcell: The Indian Queen, Z. 630 (arr. for soprano and lute)

The Indian Queen, Z. 630, Act IV: They Tell Us That Your Mighty Powers (arr. for soprano and lute)

Henry Purcell: Trumpet Tune in C major, Z. 678 (after Cibell) (arr. J. Lindberg)

Trumpet Tune in C major, Z. 678 (after Cibell) (arr. J. Lindberg)

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (arr. J. Lindberg)

Act II: Echo Dance of Furies

Act II: The Groves Dance

Henry Purcell: Fly swift, ye hours, Z. 369

Fly swift, ye hours, Z. 369

Henry Purcell: Bonduca, Z. 574, “The British Heroine”

Bonduca, Z. 574, “The British Heroine”: No. 17. O lead me to some peaceful gloom

Henry Purcell: What a sad fate is mine, Z. 428b

What a sad fate is mine, Z. 428b

Henry Purcell: The Second Part of Musick’s Hand-maid: A New Irish Tune in G major, Z. 646, "Lilliburlero" (arr. J. Lindberg)

The Second Part of Musick’s Hand-maid: A New Irish Tune in G major, Z. 646, "Lilliburlero" (arr. J. Lindberg)

Henry Purcell: The Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid : A New Scotch Tune in C major, Z. 655 (arr. J. Lindberg)

The Second Part of Musick's Hand-maid : A New Scotch Tune in C major, Z. 655 (arr. J. Lindberg)

Henry Purcell: The Old Batchelor, Z. 607: Hornpipe in E minor (arr. J. Lindberg)

The Old Batchelor, Z. 607: Hornpipe in E minor (arr. J. Lindberg)

Henry Purcell: The Second Part of Musick’s Hand-maid: A New Ground in E minor, Z. T682 (arr. J. Lindberg)

The Second Part of Musick’s Hand-maid: A New Ground in E minor, Z. T682 (arr. J. Lindberg)

Henry Purcell: From silent shades, and the Elysian groves, Z. 370, "Bess of Bedlam"

From silent shades, and the Elysian groves, Z. 370, "Bess of Bedlam"

Henry Purcell: Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583: Music for a while

Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583: Music for a while

BBC Music Magazine

March 2011

****

“Supported with exceptional clarity by Jakob Lindberg, Kirkby conveys both intellectual appreciation and a deep emotional connection with the words in this recital...[her] 'Bess of Bedlam' is more sympathetic than most, and her 'Music for a While' is more enigmatic. The voice may be less beautiful than it was, but her singing is more beautiful than ever.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2011

“Few singers are quite a compelling with only a lute for company: Kirkby's phrasing has impeccable light and shade, and her authoritative articulation of melancholic sentiments is simply first-class...her gripping interpretation [of In darkness let me dwell] is devoid of complacence; moreover, her intonation and technique in florid music has lost none of its sparkle and precision.”

International Record Review

May 2011

“Kirkby embellishes with taste and discretion...Both [she] and Lindberg are especially good here in the last Dowland item, 'In darkness let me dwell'...the tempo well judged, the lute part a translucent garment draped over Kirkby's highly expressive delivery.”

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