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Love Bade Me Welcome - Renaissance Love Songs

BBC Music Magazine: outstanding; Klassik Heute: outstanding.

For as long as man has created works of art, love and its attendant joys and pain has provided subject matter to a great part of them. One Golden Age for songs and poems about love was the 16th century in England, where Shakespeare, Dowland and many others sang to the glory of their lovers, loved ones and Love itself, while never forgetting the grief which almost certainly follows the passion. On this disc, counter-tenor Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music (also on the much praised BIS-CD-1346: Leçons de Ténèbres) have devised a programme which includes both songs and poems showing the many faces of Love, as painted by poets and composers in the years between 1560-1630. The musicians are joined by the acclaimed Shakespearean actor Ralph Fiennes, known from films such as Schindler’s List, The English Patient and The Constant Gardener, who recites poems by Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion and others. These poems intersperse a collection of songs, duets and instrumental pieces by Dowland, Robert Jones and Robert Johnson.

James Bowman, appearing on BIS for the first time, has had an unparallelled career. He was the very first counter-tenor to appear at Glyndeborne (in 1971) and has since visited most of the world's major opera houses. He and Daniel Taylor have explored the English lute songs before, together and on their own. Here they are joined by experts in this particular field: Frances Kelly, Elizabeth Kenny and Mark Levy have all made their reputations in this repertoire, both as soloists and in various ensembles. Together the six performers make Love Bade Me Welcome a unique disc: at turns bitter-sweet, tragic, joyful, full of hope and disillusion – just like Love itself!
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Jones, Robert
01 Though your strangeness for duet, harp, lute and gamba 04:06 $ 0.86 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
02 My complaining is but feighing for duet, harp, lute and
01:33 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Herbert, George
03 Love (recitation) 01:12 $ 0.25 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
04 Once did I serve a cruel heart for duet, harp, lute and
02:24 $ 0.50 USD
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
05 Lady Hatton´s almain for harp 01:35 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
06 Sweet Kate for duet, harp, lute and gamba 01:42 $ 0.36 USD
  Composer: Shakespeare, William
07 When in disgrace with fortune and men´s eyes (recitation) 01:09 $ 0.24 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
08 What if I seek for love of thee? for voice and lute 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
  Composer: Raleigh, Sir Walter
09 In the grace of wit, of tongue, and face (recitation) 01:20 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
10 Flow, my tears for voice, harp, lute and gamba 03:39 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Shakespeare, William
11 When to the sessions of sweet silent thought (recitation) 01:13 $ 0.26 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
12 Lie down, poor heart for voice, harp, lute and viola da
06:26 $ 1.35 USD
  Composer: Jonson, Ben
13 Slow, slow, fresh fount (recitation) 01:00 $ 0.21 USD
  Composer: Anonymous
14 Zouch his march for harp and lute 02:14 $ 0.47 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
15 Say love if ever thou didst find for voice and lute 01:46 $ 0.37 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
16 Lachrimae for lute 05:13 $ 1.10 USD
  Composer: Quarles, Francis
17 Sighs (If our sad eyes) (recitation) 07:48 $ 1.64 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
18 Me, me and none but me for voice and lute 03:15 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
19 Come again: Sweet love for voice, harp, lute and gamba 03:43 $ 0.78 USD
  Composer: Campion, Thomas
20 Now winter nights enlarge (recitation) 01:18 $ 0.27 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
21 And is it night? for voice, harp and gamba 05:30 $ 1.16 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
22 Grief of my best love´s absenting for voice and lute 04:49 $ 1.01 USD
  Composer: Shakespeare, William
23 So am I as rich whose blessed key (recitation) 01:11 $ 0.25 USD
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
24 The second witches dance for harp and lute 01:51 $ 0.39 USD
  Composer: Campion, Thomas
25 Follow the fair sun (recitation) 01:13 $ 0.26 USD
  Composer: Jones, Robert
26 Hark! Wot ye what? for duet, harp, lute and gamba 04:19 $ 0.91 USD
  Composer: Cowley, Abraham
27 The given heart (recitation) 01:23 $ 0.29 USD
  Album total 75:51
Campion, Thomas
Cowley, Abraham
Dowland, John
Herbert, George
Johnson, Robert
Jones, Robert
Jonson, Ben
Quarles, Francis
Raleigh, Sir Walter
Shakespeare, William
GambaLevy, Mark
Counter-tenorBowman, James
Taylor, Daniel
HarpKelly, Frances
LuteKenny, Elisabeth
EnsembleTheatre of Early Music
RecitationFiennes, Ralph

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