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Lessons - Lute Music by John Dowland

Composer John Dowland
Performer Jonas Nordberg
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2627 SACD
EAN 7318599926278
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date May 2022
Total time 72'14

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.

Like many other musicians, Jonas Nordberg is continuously exploring the intimate relationship between a score and the instrument it was written for: ‘The pieces by Dowland on this album contain an entire musical universe, in which I have spent many years, discovering new layers of meaning. In that way these lessons – in combination with the instrument on which I play them – have also been my teachers. So it is a great pleasure to invite you to share them with me, and to explore for yourselves the rich combination of melancholy, joy and beauty to be found in these works.’
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01 Prelude, P 98 1'24
02 A Fancy I, P 73 3'05
03 The Frog Galliard, P 23a 1'59
04 Farewell (An 'In Nomine'), P 4 3'52
05 A Fancy II, P 6 2'42
06 The Most Sacred Queen Elizabeth, Her Galliard, P 41 1'14
07 Forlorn Hope Fancy, P 2 3'38
08 The Right Honourable Ferdinando Earl of Derby, His Galliard, P 44a 2'15
09 Loth to Depart, P 69 6'07
10 Can She Excuse, P 42 1'36
11 Solus Cum Sola, P 10 4'44
12 Sir John Smith, His Almain, P 47 2'35
13 Orlando Sleepeth, P 61 3'14
14 Lady Hunsdon's Puffe, P 54 1'36
15 Semper Dowland Semper Dolens, P 9 7'57
16 The Most High and Mighty Christianus the Fourth, King of Denmark, His Galliard, P 40 2'56
17 A Fantasie, P 1a 4'07
18 Piper's Pavan, P 8 5'22
19 A Fancy, P 5 2'19
20 Lachrimae, P 15 5'23
21 Galliard to Lachrimae, P 46 2'39
  Album total 72'14
LuteNordberg, Jonas
ComposerDowland, John

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