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Songs from the Labyrinth Live

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 10 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Walsingham
2. Can she excuse my wrongs?
3. Ryght honorable: as I have bin most bounde unto your honor …
4. Flow my tears
5. Have you seen the bright lily grow
6. Then in time passing on Mr. Johnson died…
7. The Most High and Mighty Christianus the Fourth, King of Denmark
8. The lowest trees have tops
9. And accordinge as I desired ther cam a letter…
10. Fine knacks for ladies
11. From thenc I went to the Landgrave of Hessen…
12. Fantasy
13. Come, heavy sleep
14. Forlorn Hope Fancy
15. And from thence I had great desire to see Italy…
16. Come again
17. Wilt thou unkind thus reave me
18. After my departure I caled to mynde our conference…
19. Weep you no more, sad fountains
20. My Lord Willoughby’s Welcome Home
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

This autumn Sting ventures into "new" musical territory with an album featuring the music of acclaimed Elizabethan songwriter, John Dowland (1563-1626). Sting is joined on this recording by much-admired lutenist Edin Karamazov, in what he describes as "a soundtrack to Dowland's life in words and music". Songs from the Labyrinth will appear on Deutsche Grammophon, the world's most celebrated classical-music record-label. It is extracts from this extraordinary letter which Sting incorporates into this album as short recitations, re-creating a flavour of Dowland's life and times. Sting said "This project was never really meant to be a record. It was a labour of love. I wanted to learn these songs, and out of curiosity, Edin and I just kept going. I think it only became a record when we decided to put extracts of this letter in. Those that are familiar with John Dowland normally think of him as being this melancholy, doom-laden character; but he can write songs that are absolutely joyful - full of passion and happiness. He has it all." Sting continues, "I'm not a trained singer for this repertoire, but I'm hoping that I can bring some freshness to these songs that perhaps a more experienced singer wouldn't give. For me they are pop songs written around 1600 and I relate to them in that way; beautiful melodies, fantastic lyrics, and great accompaniments."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roynolf-the-Red on Dec 21 2006
Format: Audio CD
I read other people's reviews on other websites. Here's their comments:

"Who is going to listen to this on a regular basis?"

"Don't bother--you can have my copy."

"[An] Abomination" It hurts your ears."

That was their opinion. This is mine: I'm allegedly a trained musician. I'm an oboist - about the hardest instrument you could wish to learn to play. I bought "Songs from The Labyrinth" a week ago. I have listened, and re-listened, to Sting's interpretation, at least 10 times. I can't get enough of it. I'm listening to it over and over. He's made Dowland accessible to me, like no one else, however good they are, ever managed to do. Sure, his voice is rough and ready. That makes his interpretation even better.

Kudos to Sting for having the guts to do something like this. I hope he does another. I hope he does it soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francois Boucher on Nov. 10 2009
Format: Audio CD
Well, it did take some time for me to finally appreciate this very interesting recording of John Dowland's songs...

Sting's voice does sound very alien to the music in the beginning: too "raw", as it has been described elsewhere. I forgot about the record for months, until I came back to it after my wife became hooked on it and started to run the CD in a loop on our sound system...

Now I am hooked too!

This IS beautiful music, and we have to thank Sting for pushing us outside of our comfort zone, into new and challenging territory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Junk John on April 14 2007
Format: Audio CD
I saw Sting and Mr. Karamazov on television last night. At first my reaction was skeptical. However, after hearing a few songs I was impressed. My significant other has sung a few of the songs of John Dowland so they were somewhat familiar. Sting's presentation charmed me in a manner which I have not been so charmed by him since "Fields of Gold". 2007 will be remembered as the year that the Police regrouped and toured and Sting brought a great English composer's music to the masses.
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By G Carey on Nov. 8 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised at how much this veered from the usual Sting offerings. I'll keep playing it in the hopes that it grows on me but I highly doubt it. Maybe if I were some old, stuffy University professor?

Gail Carey
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