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Dowland - Lute Music Volume 3
Pavans, Galliards and Almains
“…seven three-dance sets are illuminatingly contrived and despatched with effortless insight. Dowland was praised for the richness of his tone, but it’s hard to imagine even him outdoing the honeyed sumptuousness of North's 'Solus cum sola' Pavan.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2008 *****
“North’s sweet-toned playing is both unfailingly musical and highly imaginative” Gramophone Magazine
BBC Music Magazine
Instrumental Choice - February 2007
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John Dowland: Lute Songs
Damien Guillon (countertenor) & Eric Bellocq (lute)
Damien Guillon has chosen for his first solo recital disc a refined, subtle and melancholy repertoire, which he has gone on to explore in depth and polish in genuine chamber style with the lutenist Eric Bellocq, an expert in Renaissance music.
Eric Bellocq plays a liuto forte from André Burguete’s conception, an instrument which enables the player to develop a larger sound possibilities creating a true dialogue with the singer and a great freedom in improvisation. Damien Guillon started at an early age as a member of child’s choir Brittany, then at the Versailles Baroque Center while studying organ and harpsichord. In 2004, he was admitted to the countertenor Andreas Scholl’s class at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis… He was soon spotted by such well-known conductors as Jordi Savall, Vincent Dumestre, Hervé Niquet, Jérôme Correas, Philippe Pierlot, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Christophe Rousset, William Christie, and Philippe Herreweghe. He has founded his own ensemble, Le Banquet Céleste, with which he has performed at Les Nuits Musicales d’Uzès and the Froville Festival. Their repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and the cantatas for alto and obbligato organ of J. S. Bach, which will be Damien Guillon’s next recording project on Zig-Zag Territoires.
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Julian Bream plays Dowland and Bach
Bach, J S:
Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV999
played in D minor
Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor, BWV996: Sarabande
Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor, BWV996: Bourrée
Prelude from Lute Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV997
played in A minor
Fugue from Lute Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV997
played in A minor
Prelude, Fugue & Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV998
played in D major
The most sacred Queene Elizabeth her Galliard
Mrs White's Nothing, P. 56
Mrs Vaux's Jig, P. 57
The King of Denmark, His Galliard
Lady Hunsdon's Puffe
Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral
Forlorn Hope Fancy (Fantasie No. 2)
Ayres for 4 voices
Humour say what mak’st thou here
Can she excuse my wrongs? (First Booke of Songes, 1597)
The First Booke of Songes: His golden locks time hath to silver turned
Stay time awhile thy flying
The lowest trees have tops
Praise blindness, eyes, for seeing is deceit
My heart and tongue were twins
Julian Bream (lute & guitar), Edith Steinbauer (treble viol), Beatrice Reichert (alto & tenor viol), Frieda Litschauer (tenor viol), Ernst Knava (bass viol) & Elizabeth Osborn (soprano)
The Golden Age Singers, Margaret Field-Hyde
The set comprises Bream’s solo Dowland LP (1954) – which was his debüt solo recording, played on lute - and his solo Bach LP (1956), both originally recorded on the Westminster label and justly celebrated at the time. Here they are brought together with a wide selection of Dowland ayres, sung by The Golden Age Singers with Bream’s lute accompaniment. The CD booklet has a newly commissioned note by Tully Potter, a personal friend of Julian Bream, and includes reproductions of the original LP covers, LP labels and photos of the artists.
“…Bream's genius transcends all. Whether it's in the astonishing intensity of Dowland's Melancholy Galliard and Forlorn Hope Fancy or in the finely proportioned sense of pace and drama in Bach's Chaconne, the impression is ultimately of a meeting of equals.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008
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