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Ravish’d with Sacred Extasies
Miserere, my Maker
Never weather-beaten sail
Author of Light
Thou mighty God
When David's life by Saul (A Pilgrimes Solace)
When the poore Criple (A Pilgrimes Solace)
Where sin sore wounding
In this trembling shadow cast
If that a sinner's sigh
Prelude for lute
Galliard to Lachrimae
Sleep downy sleep come close mine eyes
A Hymne to God the Father
Thou wakeful shepherd that dost Israel keep (A Morning Hymn), Z198
How long, great God?, Z189
Tell me, some pitying angel (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation), Z196
A Devine Hymn (Lord, what is man)
Sleep, Adam, and take thy rest, Z195
An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193
Continuing its work with the rising stars of the early music world, CORO is delighted to be releasing a brand new recording by two of The Sixteen’s principal members - soprano, Elin Manahan Thomas and theorbo and lute player, David Miller.
The seventeenth century devotional songs on this disc were written against a backdrop of furious historical dramas and lurching tides of fortune. The songs chosen reflect these assorted times and contexts, and are accordingly diverse.
Ravish’d with Sacred Extasies (a quote taken directly from Playford's ‘Harmonia Sacrae’) explores some of the most beautiful Elizabethan lute songs ranging from the doctrinally eloquent to the theologically unsteady, from the spare and the restrained to the opulent and the overblown, from Dowland’s small cluster of late devotional songs to Purcell’s flowery and luscious settings.
“If you think of lute songs as secular repertory, think again...Elin Manahan Thomas and lutenist David Miller illuminate this music's subtleties, infusing their reading with warmth and intimacy...this is a lovely contribution to recorded lute song.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****
“Manahan Thomas has as keen an ear for the music of language as for the language of music while Miller...brings to the table a highly developed understanding of dramatic and musical rhetoric...Throughout, Manahan Thomas fits the sound to the sense...whilst never allowing either diction, intonation or purity of tone to suffer.” International Record Review, December 2010
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