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Jacobean Lute Music

Composer Daniel Bacheler
John Dowland
Jacques Gaultier
Robert Johnson
Thomas Robinson
Performer Jakob Lindberg
Period Renaissance
Catalogue Number BIS-2055 SACD
EAN 7318599920559
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2013
Total time 81'12

Editor's Choice, Gramophone
Instrumental Choice, BBC Music Magazine

“This is such a wonderfully representative collection of English lute music… All is beautifully played and assembled.” American Record Guide

From the reign of Henry VIII and onwards, the lute and its practitioners enjoyed the patronage of the very highest English society. Henry played the lute himself, as did his daughter Elizabeth I, who during one period employed as many as five lutenists at her court. In 1603, when she was succeeded on the throne by James I, the tradition was maintained: with his appointment of John Dowland the king increased the number of royal lutenists, while his queen, Anne of Denmark, played the lute herself. This royal enthusiasm for the lute influenced the aristocracy, and an English style of lute music was established. A large corpus of solo music has been preserved, mostly in manuscript sources, from which Jakob Lindberg has made a personal selection. This includes obvious candidates – such as John Dowland and Robert Johnson – but also pieces by the enigmatic Cuthbert Hely, whose work only survives in one single lute book, and by a certain ‘Gauthier' – possibly Jacques Gaultier, who had fled to England after killing an adversary in a duel. The inclusion of this French lutenist also serves to highlight the abundance of French lute music in Jacobean sources, especially, as heard here, in the form of courantes. Another favourite genre in many lute books are settings, often anonymous, of Scottish folk music, and this is also reflected in Lindberg's selection. One of the foremost exponents of the lute and this repertoire, Jakob Lindberg performs the programme on what is possibly the world's oldest lute in playing condition, built in c. 1590 – and thus almost exactly contemporary with the music on this disc.
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  John Dowland
01 A Fancy 3'08
  Thomas Robinson
02 Merry Melancholy 1'33
03 A Galliard 1'54
04 Walking in a Country Town 0'53
05 A Gigue 0'34
  Robert Johnson
06 Pavan  7'23
07 A Scottish Dance 0'54
08 Draw Near to Me and Love Me 1'06
09 Hence to me Molly Gray 1'19
10 A Scottish Tune 1'52
11 Scottish Hunts Up 0'50
  Daniel Bacheler
12 Mounsiers Almain 6'31
  Cuthbert Hely
13 Fantasia  4'01
14 Saraband 1'02
  John Dowland
15 Battle Galliard 4'56
  Daniel Bacheler
16 Prelude  1'36
17 La Jeune Fillette 7'57
18 Courante 1'25
  Jacques Gaultier
19 Courante  1'40
20 Cloches 1'24
21 Courante   2'06
  Daniel Bacheler
22 Pavan 4'16
23 Prélude 1'35
24 John Come Kiss Me Now 4'45
  Robert Johnson
25 Fantasia 3'39
  Thomas Robinson
26 The Spanish Pavan 2'46
27 A Gigue 1'07
28 A Toy 1'09
29 Row Well, you Mariners 0'55
  John Dowland
30 Sir John Langton’s Pavan 5'24
  Album total 81'12
Bacheler, Daniel
Dowland, John
Gaultier, Jacques
Hely, Cuthbert
Johnson, Robert
Robinson, Thomas
LuteLindberg, Jakob

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