John Dowland: Complete Lute Works Box set
|1. A Piece Without Title - Dowland|
|2. Pavana - Dowland|
|3. Mr Knights Galliard - Dowland|
|4. My lord willobies wellcome home - Dowland|
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|1. My lady hunnsdons puffe|
|2. Solus cum sola|
|3. Suzanna Galliard|
|4. Sir John Smith his Almain|
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|1. The most high and mightie Christianus, the fourth King of Denmark, his Galliard|
|2. Sir John Langton his Pavin|
|3. Mr. Langtons galliard|
|4. A Fancy|
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|2. A Fancy|
|4. Galliard to Lachrimae|
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|1. A Fancy|
|2. Pavana Dowlandi Angli (Mylius #2)|
|3. Doulands rounde battell galyarde|
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Dowland did for lute music what Haydn did for the string quartet and Beethoven the piano sonata. The finest lutenist and songwriter of his age--he composed several of the greatest hits of the late 16th and early 17th centuries--the surviving lute works constitute a sort of encyclopedia of the possibilities of the instrument. There are song arrangements, dance pieces, tributes to the composer's friends, even a musical self-portrait. Much of the music is fashionably sad. Lute songs generally deal with the agony of lost love, and Dowland's most popular tune was called Lachrimae (Tears). Paul O'Dette is simply the best lutenist alive. These five discs are available together at a special price, or separately. A reference edition. --David Hurwitz
Top Customer Reviews
Paul O'Dette is a leading Elizabethan music scholar. Faced with the task of creating his own editions for many of these works and selecting the proper edition for others, he has succeeded in using editions that are historically accurate and musically pleasing.
The same goes for his playing. Every phrase is exquisitely shaped, and fits perfectly into each piece. Dynamics, tone production, intonation, and phrasing are impeccable. All in all, O'Dette's playing is both authentic and, at the same time, vital.
I have been learning some of these pieces on classical guitar, and I learn something new about each of them every time I listen.
My life is a better and richer one because I own these recordings and THAT is not an exaggeration. These lute works should be heard by every person at least once before they ....- they are that vital. In my opinion, they are as important as Bach's Cello Suites, although if I had to choose between these and the Cello Suites, I would choose the Dowland without hesitation.
Dim the lights, enjoy your favorite wine and become lost in a world that is richer and deeper than all of the money in the world could possibly buy. Thank you Mr. O'Dette for your incredible gift for our ears.
At present there seem to be four ways to get the (nominally) complete lute solos of John Dowland on CD:
• As part of the complete Collected Works by The Consort of Musicke et al.
• By Jakob Lindberg.
• By Paul O'Dette.
• By Nigel North.
But unfortunately, Dowland left no definitive editions of his own lute works, as he did for the songs; so that many parts of his legacy are scattered around the world in museums, or private collections. Some are unattributed, or attributed wrongly. Some copies were described by Dowland himself as "false and unperfect"¹.
The definitive guide at the time of its publication in 1974 was Diana Poulton & Basil Lam's The Collected Lute Music of John Dowland, revised in 1978. This contains 103 pieces (with some alternative versions).Read more ›
I was already familiar with and a fan of Dowland's music, but I hesitated getting this set, thinking that over five hours of music for the lute and the opharion (a metal-stringed instrument similar to the lute) would be overkill. Instead, I find myself wishing Dowland had lived another lifetime to provide us with even more of his tremendously varied and always exquisite music.
Paul Odette's playing is technically impeccable and unfailingly inspired by creativity. Dowland's manuscripts leave much to the imagination and intepretative genius of the player, and Odette combines faithful rendering with sparkling and virtuoso improvised ornamentation.
What is most important, naturally, is the result: 400 year old music that sounds remarkably contemporary, fresh. This is not to say that Dowland's music is modern, but rather that the composer captures universal qualities of human emotion and aesthetic sensibility. The many moods range from spritely, happy melodies to deeply contemplative and moving meditations. The careful engineering of this recording (typical of Harmonia Mundi releases) lends the performances a crystalline realism that fills the room with shimmering resonance.
This is music to gladden and soothe the soul in these complex and highly technological times, a gift from the past that will thrill and enlighten generations to come.
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