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Shakespeare - Come Again Sweet Love
Weep, O Mine Eyes
Come again, sweet love doth now invite
If my complaints could passions move
Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
The Silver Swan
The Virgins Muse
Come againe, sweet Nature's treasure
Come againe, sweet Nature's treasure
Full fathom five
Where the bee sucks
Now what is love?
Farewell Dear Love
Sweet nymph, come to thy lover
It was a lover and his lass
By beauteous softness (from Now does the glorious day appear, Z332)
If music be the food of love, Z379
Fantasie & Toye
Take, O take those lips away
Shakespeare – Come again sweet love is a haunting collection of songs and madrigals by some of the great masters of the Renaissance period, including Purcell, Dowland and Gibbons. The theme of the album is “love” in all its many forms, expressed through the poetry of the Shakespearian Era and the music it inspired.
Daniel Taylor is joined on the album by the Theatre of Early Music (founded and conducted by Daniel Taylor) and famous soloists Dame Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson, Michael Chance and Charles Daniels.
Daniel and the Theatre of Early Music appear in some 30 concerts every year. The ensemble consists of a choir and orchestra that are dedicated to sustain the heritage of magnificent yet neglected choral and instrumental repertoire from four centuries. Their recent performance could be seen on stages in France, England, Argentina, Brazil and China.
Daniel Taylor is a prolific recording artist who has worked on numerous albums including Sakamoto’s pop-opera Life with the Dalai Lama and Salman Rushdie, Renaissance duets with actor Ralph Fiennes, and Bach recitals with the Theatre of Early Music to name only a few.
“Vocal leads and arrangements are shared: the results include a four-part madrigal setting of Gibbons' "The Silver Swan"; solo pieces accompanied by theorbo, such as Taylor's poised expression of a woman who "with such sweetness and such justice reigns" in Purcell's "By Beauteous Softness"; and tenor Charles Daniels's extended swoon of ardour through Dowland's "Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite".” The Independent, 24th June 2011 ***
“This is deluxe casting, allowing combinations from unaccompanied lute songs to an a cappella duet, and lute solos to five-part madrigals...Taylor - with one of the loveliest countertenor voices in the business - is on nine [tracks], happy it seems to let others into the spotlight, with every other singer getting at least one solo spot.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011
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Poeticall Musicke.... Topographic Long-Range
Lian Fennelly & Pau Marcos (violes de gambe)
Marianne Muller - fierce player of viola da gamba, recently applauded for her outstanding interpretation of Folies d’Espagne of Marin Marais on Zig-Zag Territoires - brings us solo and consort pieces of Tobias Hume - captain and eccentric English composer of XVIIe century. Committed to her instrument, Marianne Muller commissions to contemporary composers new pieces for viola di gamba... Eric Fischer created a piece dedicated to Tobias Hume.
Little is known of Hume’s life. Some have suggested that he was born in 1569 because he was admitted to the London Charterhouse in 1629, a pre-requisite to which was being at least 60 years old, though there is no certainty over this. He had made his living as a professional soldier, probably as a mercenary. He was an officer with the Swedish and Russian armies.
His published music includes pieces for viols (including many solo works for the lyra viol) and songs. They were gathered in two collections, The First Part of Ayres (or Musicall Humors, 1605) and Captain Humes Poeticall Musicke (1607). He was a particular champion of the viol over the then-dominant lute, something which caused John Dowland to publish a rebuttal of Hume's ideas.
Hume was also known as a prankster, as some of his somewhat unusual compositions illustrate. His most notorious piece was "An Invention for Two to Play upone one Viole". Two bows are required and the smaller of the two players is obliged to sit in the lap of the larger player. This work was notated in tablature and is indeed technically possible to play. His instructions to "drum this with the backe of your bow" in another piece, "Harke, harke," constitute the earliest known use of col legno in Western music.
Eric FISCHER has composed more than 200 works, which range from pieces for solo instrument to symphonic form by way of every type of instrumental forces and the most diverse experiences, including chamber music, electronics, vocal works, incidental music for the theatre, improvised music, and pieces for period instruments. His openness to encounters of all kinds has led to other highly unusual artistic exchanges.
“Marianne Muller brings to the fore Hume's modernity, particularly in the rhetorical Good Again, where he incorporates left-hand pizzicato and what sounds like chords played col legno.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011
“...beautifully played by Muller, Liam Fennelly and Pau Marcos” The Independent on Sunday, 17th October 2010
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