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Jacobean Lute Music

Catalogue numberBIS-2055 SACD
Release date2013-11-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time81:12

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.
Extra material for download
  Composer: Dowland, John
01 A Fancy 03:08 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Robinson, Thomas
02 Merry Melancholy 01:33 $ 0.38 USD
03 A Galliard 01:54 $ 0.46 USD
04 Walking in a Country Town 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
05 A Gigue 00:34 $ 0.14 USD
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
06 Pavan  07:23 $ 1.79 USD
  Composer: Anonymous
07 A Scottish Dance 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
08 Draw Near to Me and Love Me 01:06 $ 0.26 USD
09 Hence to me Molly Gray 01:19 $ 0.32 USD
10 A Scottish Tune 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
11 Scottish Hunts Up 00:50 $ 0.20 USD
  Composer: Bacheler, Daniel
12 Mounsiers Almain 06:31 $ 1.57 USD
  Composer: Hely, Cuthbert
13 Fantasia  04:01 $ 0.97 USD
14 Saraband 01:02 $ 0.26 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
15 Battle Galliard 04:56 $ 1.20 USD
  Composer: Bacheler, Daniel
16 Prelude  01:36 $ 0.39 USD
17 La Jeune Fillette 07:57 $ 1.91 USD
18 Courante 01:25 $ 0.35 USD
  Composer: Gaultier, Jacques
19 Courante  01:40 $ 0.41 USD
20 Cloches 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
21 Courante   02:06 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Bacheler, Daniel
22 Pavan 04:16 $ 1.04 USD
  Composer: Anonymous
23 Prélude 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
24 John Come Kiss Me Now 04:45 $ 1.15 USD
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
25 Fantasia 03:39 $ 0.89 USD
  Composer: Robinson, Thomas
26 The Spanish Pavan 02:46 $ 0.67 USD
27 A Gigue 01:07 $ 0.27 USD
28 A Toy 01:09 $ 0.28 USD
29 Row Well, you Mariners 00:55 $ 0.23 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
30 Sir John Langton’s Pavan 05:24 $ 1.42 USD
  Album total 81:12
Bacheler, Daniel
Dowland, John
Gaultier, Jacques
Hely, Cuthbert
Johnson, Robert
Robinson, Thomas
LuteLindberg, Jakob

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