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Bor Zuljan - John Dowland: A Fancy (2020)

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Bor Zuljan - John Dowland: A Fancy (2020)

Bor Zuljan - John Dowland: A Fancy (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 267 Mb | Total time: 65:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 425 | Recorded: 2020

The first notes of the descending chromatic theme break the silence and it seems as if time has stopped. The listener is drawn into the world of John Dowland, the greatest lutenist of all, in a journey through multiple shades of melancholy and lucent hope. Never before had the lute sounded as expressive and colourful as in these masterful Fancies, as dynamic as in these sparkling dances: Renaissance lute music here reached its summit. Bor Zuljan explores these qualities in his debut solo recording, breathing new life into Dowland's masterpieces.

David Bergmüller, David Orlowsky - Alter Ego: Purcell, Preston, Dowland, Kapsberger (2022)

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David Bergmüller, David Orlowsky - Alter Ego: Purcell, Preston, Dowland, Kapsberger (2022)

David Bergmüller, David Orlowsky - Alter Ego: Purcell, Preston, Dowland, Kapsberger (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 192 Mb | Total time: 46:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 0190296307935 | Recorded: 2021

An alter ego (second or different self) is both a close companion to the individual as well as an additional personality. David Orlowsky and David Bergmüller are companions, however, they could hardly be more different. They hail from different musical traditions and the combination of these two instruments have no historical references. When David Orlowsky first discovered a video of David Bergmüller on the internet, he was not aware that he had encountered his musical alter ego. The two met in Berlin and mutually agreed to make music together after just a few shared notes. They became companions, which then became a duo, the duo ultimately becoming an organism. Within this organism, David and David function as opposing and complementary personalities. Together they embark on a journey into unexplored worlds of sound. The clarinet is the voice of bygone times while the lute joins to create polyrhythmic structures allowing both new and old times to flow together in their original compositions.

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

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King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal Music | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD307 | Time: 01:05:48

Royal Rhymes and Rounds is the King's Singers' contribution to the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 2012. There are ballads, part songs, madrigals, rounds, and anthems written during the reigns of (and some also in honor of) Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II. The music from the times of Henry and Elizabeth I is especially strong since it was the era of a flowering of English song, which then lay relatively dormant for several centuries. The composers include such luminaries as William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, and Thomas Weelkes, as well as Henry himself, whose rousing ballad Pastime with good companie opens the album. It's in this transparent repertoire that the group sounds its absolute best. The singers' immaculate intonation, focused tone quality, and sensitive musicianship are remarkable.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - John Dowland: Third Booke of Songes (1991)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - John Dowland: Third Booke of Songes (1991)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - John Dowland: Third Booke of Songes (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 72:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 430 284-2 | Recorded: 1977

The superbly consistent quality of the Third Book of songs by John Dowland suggests that the earlier issues, First Book and Second Book also recorded by Anthony Rooley and the Consort of Musicke, were no mere flashes in the pan, but set the tone for the whole series.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - John Dowland: First Booke of Songes (1989)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - John Dowland: First Booke of Songes (1989)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke - John Dowland: First Booke of Songes (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 319 Mb | Total time: 76:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 653-2 | Recorded: 1976

The songs of John Dowland are sparkling highlights, not only of Renaissance music, but of Western music in general. His ‘First Booke of Songes’ contains some particularly bright gems.

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke John Dowland: Second Booke of Songes (1990)

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Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke John Dowland: Second Booke of Songes (1990)

Anthony Rooley, The Consort of Musicke John Dowland: Second Booke of Songes (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 70:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 425 889-2 | Recorded: 1976

In 1597 John Dowland (1563-1626) published his first collection of music, The First Book of Songs or Airs of Four Parts with Tableture for the Lute. A groundbreaking work in several respects, not least in that it was the first published collection of English lute songs, it success was immediate, and was reprinted several times. His Second Book of Songs or Airs (1600) shows the increasingly solo nature of the lute-song, as Dowland left the first eight songs as lute solos.

Mario Sarrechia - Ruckers me fecit Antverpiae: Music for Antwerp harpsichords & virginals, 1560-1660 (2021)

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Mario Sarrechia - Ruckers me fecit Antverpiae: Music for Antwerp harpsichords & virginals, 1560-1660 (2021)

Mario Sarrechia - Ruckers me fecit Antverpiae: Music for Antwerp harpsichords & virginals, 1560-1660 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 387 Mb | Total time: 68:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Etcetera Records | # KTC 1755 | Recorded: 2020

Antwerp, around the middle of the 17th century. Music issues from an imposing house on the Meir. Inside the house, paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Brueghel, Vermeer and Tintoretto hang everywhere. A small but international group seated close to the fireplace is listening to a concert arranged especially for them. Francisca Duarte (1619-1678), who lives in the house, plays one of the many Ruckers-Couchet harpsichords and virginals owned by the Duarte family. She has chosen the music carefully: there are works from old collections of manuscripts compiled for and by the Duarte family, including music by John Bull and arrangements of dances and songs, as well as new repertoire by harpsichord virtuosos such as Jacques Champion de Chambonnières and Johann Jakob Froberger who have shared their recent compositions with the family.

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - John Dowland: Lachrimæ, or Seven Teares (1988)

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Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - John Dowland: Lachrimæ, or Seven Teares (1988)

Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XX - John Dowland: Lachrimæ, or Seven Teares (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 70:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée Auvidis | # E 8701 | Recorded: 1987

John Dowland was no less famous for his misfortunes than for his works. This subtle, elusive and strangely-behaved character led rather an adventurous life. Hailed as an Anglorum Orpheus (or “Orpheus of the English”) of almost divine powers, he inspired more comments and praise than most great musicians of his generation. To comply with legend, we were to associate him only with tears, sleep and gloom, in the gallery of Shakespearian heroes he could be placed somewhere between Hamlet and Jaques in As You like It. Although the legend may be partly based on truth, the musician himself contributed a great deal to it in his various writings; these are the confessions of a man full of dissonances, at once vulnerable and ambitious, ingenuous and haughty – an egocentric ever at odds with a world by which he felt himself rejected.

Mikko Ikäheimo - Per Brahe's Lute Book: Dowland, Vallet, Bocquet, Bacheler, Mercury (2021)

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Mikko Ikäheimo - Per Brahe's Lute Book: Dowland, Vallet, Bocquet, Bacheler, Mercury (2021)

Mikko Ikäheimo - Per Brahe's Lute Book: Dowland, Vallet, Bocquet, Bacheler, Mercury (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 58:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Pilfink | # JJVCD 237 | Recorded: 2021

Pietari Brahe nuorempi (1602 – 1680), Suomen kenraalikuvernööri, on maamme historiankirjoituksen lempilapsi. Hänen hallintokautensa katsotaan olleen poikkeuksellisen edistyksellistä aikaa. Tuolloin perustettiin mm. maamme ensimmäinen yliopisto, Turun Akatemia, kymmenen uutta kaupunkia ja postilaitos sekä alueen hallintoa kehitettiin.
Vähemmän tunnettua on, että Brahe soitti luuttua, ja että hän kirjoitti luuttumusiikkia sisältävän kokoelman. Tätä Per Brahe lutbokia, säilytetään Skoklosterin kirjastossa Uppsalassa Ruotsissa, ja se sisältää viitisenkymmentä luuttusävellystä tabulatuureina kirjoitettuna.

Jonas Nordberg - Lessons: John Dowland (2022)

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Jonas Nordberg - Lessons: John Dowland (2022)

Jonas Nordberg - Lessons: John Dowland (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 72:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2627 | Recorded: 2021

In English Renaissance collections of music, the term ‘lessons’ is often used to describe instrumental pieces, even though they aren’t pedagogical exercises as such. But as Jonas Nordberg writes in an introduction to his new disc ‘there remains much in them to be studied’. John Dowland is one of the composers whose music was a driving force of the Early Music revival already at the beginning of the 20th century. He has also played a central role in the rediscovery of the lute itself, an ongoing process which began more than a hundred years ago.

Steven Rickards, Dorothy Linell - John Dowland: Flow my tears and other Lute Songs (1997)

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Steven Rickards, Dorothy Linell - John Dowland: Flow my tears and other Lute Songs (1997)

Steven Rickards, Dorothy Linell - John Dowland: Flow my tears and other Lute Songs (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 74:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553381 | Recorded: 1995

Steven Rickards has a light, precise counter-tenor voice which he uses very imaginatively in this sequence of 19 madrigals, including many of Dowland’s finest. So a lively number like Fine knacks for ladies has a crispness and spring to bring out its lightness; even more impressively Rickards, with tone rock-steady and little or no hooting, superbly sustains the long legato lines of such great madrigals as Flow my tears, I saw my lady weep and Come, heavy sleep. There are also well-chosen lute solos from Dorothy Linell, supplementing her excellent accompaniments. The recording, made in New York, is clear and well balanced. Full texts and good notes are provided.

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.88 Gb | Total time: 10h35' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 106

Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez’s example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards.

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

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Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)

Philippe Jaroussky, Thibaut Garcia - À sa guitare (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 67:04 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029500570 | Recorded: 2020, 2021

The first joint album from countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and guitarist Thibaut Garcia, À sa guitare takes it's name from a song by the 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. But it's frame of reference is extraordinarily wide - both culturally and stylistically. It's 22 tracks range across 400 years and music by composers and songwriters from France, Britain, Austria, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the USA. "The album is a journey between different cultures, different continents and different languages," says Philippe Jaroussky, "but each piece is a world in itself. The idea was to take some risks… sometimes moving to a completely different world between one track and the next." "We can evoke hugely different colours as we juggle between renaissance music and a song by Barbara," explains Thibaut Garcia. "It's our job to play with a palette of colours to produces something unique… We put a great deal of thought into the album, but we also put our hearts into it."

Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Hope (2021)

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Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Hope (2021)

Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Hope (2021)
EZ | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 77:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 0541 | Recorded: 2020

In this album called “Hope”, created during lockdown, violinist Daniel Hope presents a highly personal, yet distinctive collection of timeless classics by Schubert, Elgar and Pärt, several beloved traditional songs in stunning new instrumental versions and a brand-new arrangement of the inspiring and spiritual Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramírez. “Music has a tremendous power,” says Daniel Hope. “This album is my attempt to send out a ray of hope and to provide people, myself included, with a sense of support and perhaps even consolation.” Well-known favourites from Hope’s childhood such as Amazing Grace and Danny Boy are as integral to this album as Schubert’s Die Nacht and “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Several different periods are illuminated in this way, and the same is true of the most disparate styles and musical contexts. Daniel Hope is joined by the Zürcher Kammerorchester as well as prestigious singers like the vocal ensemble Amarcord, baritone Thomas Hampson and jazz-singer Colin Rich.

Mariana Flores, Hopkinson Smith - John Dowland: whose heavenly touch (2019)

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Mariana Flores, Hopkinson Smith - John Dowland: whose heavenly touch (2019)

Mariana Flores, Hopkinson Smith - John Dowland: whose heavenly touch (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 231 Mb | Total time: 56:44 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naive | # E8941 | Recorded: 2015

This recording, devoted to Dowland, seems to open a door onto a secret garden, one tended and cultivated by two artists already well known for opera and song recitals that distil the chamber music principle into its most intimate essence of expressive sound: soprano Mariana Flores and lutenist Hopkinson Smith.