Songs from the Labyrinth Live
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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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"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.
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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My review is simple... I gave this away. I am a huge Sting fan and I really didn't think he could make something that didn't interest me... well he did. Read morePublished on March 21 2011 by Ross Dunn
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