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Playing a golden-toned 10-course lute and using original manuscript sources or his own sensitive reconstructions, British lutenist Nigel North presents a delightful recital of dances by Robert Johnson, a contemporary of Shakespeare for whose plays he wrote songs and incidental music.
Although they use the old forms of pavan, galliard, almain and fantasie, Johnson’s exquisite works tend towards the more expansive, lyrical style that would later flourish in the Baroque period.
Nigel North’s critically acclaimed boxed set of Dowland’s Complete Lute Music is also available (8504016).
Robert Johnson: The Princes's Almain - Masque - Coranto
The Princes's Almain - Masque - Coranto
Robert Johnson: Pavan No. 1 in C minor
Pavan No. 1 in C minor
Robert Johnson: Galliard, "My Lady Mildemays Delight"
Galliard, "My Lady Mildemays Delight"
Robert Johnson: Pavan No. 2 in F minor
Pavan No. 2 in F minor
Robert Johnson: 2 Almains
Robert Johnson: The Noble Man
The Noble Man
Robert Johnson: The Witches' Dance
The Witches' Dance
Robert Johnson: Pavan No. 3 in C minor
Pavan No. 3 in C minor
Robert Johnson: 3 Almains
Robert Johnson: The Fairy Masque
The Fairies' Dance
Robert Johnson: Fantasia (Fantasie)
Robert Johnson: Galliard
Robert Johnson: Almain, "Lady Strang's"
Almain, "Lady Strang's"
Robert Johnson: Pavan No. 4 (reconstructed by N. North)
Pavan No. 4 (reconstructed by N. North)
Robert Johnson: The First, Second, and Third Dances in the Prince's Masque
The First, Second, and Third Dances in the Prince's Masque
Robert Johnson: 3 Almains (8.572178 track 16)
Robert Johnson: Satyr's Dance (reconstructed by N. North)
Satyr's Dance (reconstructed by N. North)
“Johnson's earlier dance music includes galliards and almains, simple pieces largely of melody and bass...North's playing reflects their function, metrical with only the barest slowing up as the dance sequence ends...In contrast to such extrovert movements are the four Pavans, beautifully crafted in often sustained counterpoint...North plays these most thougthfully.”
“As always, North's playing is a wonder, an easy, natural musicality and an impeccable technique complemented by a real ear for colour and nuance of expression.”
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