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Musique and Sweet Poetrie

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A unique lute, built by Sixtus Rauwolf in Augsburg around 1590, was the starting point for this very special recital, which incorporates lute songs and solos by composers from different parts of Europe around 1600. Presenting a wealth of forms and national styles - from French airs de cour to Elizabethan pavans and examples of early Italian monody - the disc is a fascinating survey of the musical life of the time. But in the hands of these interpreters it becomes much more than that: Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg, playing his historic lute, bring this music to life with incomparable immediacy. It is as if we were present when Shakespeare first heard Robert Johnson's setting of his 'Full fathom five', Ariel's song from The Tempest, or when Georg Schimmelpfennig, court composer to Landgrave Moritz in Kassel, showed the daughter of his employer the florid solo madrigal 'Dolce tempo passato', set to her own poem.

Some of the names represented on this disc are familiar to all: John Dowland, with three songs, and Heinrich Schütz, with one of his Kleine geistliche Konzerte, a setting of Psalm 70. Others, like Schimmelpfennig or the Antwerp-born lutenist Gregory Huwet, are far less known to the general public. But all of them created musical jewels, which Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg - collaborators of long standing - have gathered together into a glittering diadem encircling a large part of Europe at the dawn of the 17th century.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
01 Almain 01:18 $ 0.27 USD
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
02 Full fathom five thy father lies 01:49 $ 0.38 USD
  Composer: Morley, Thomas
03 Thirsis and Milla 03:02 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Morley, Thomas
04 Come sorrow, come 07:03 $ 1.48 USD
  Composer: Huwet, Gregory
  Fantasia 06:16
05 Fantasia 04:19 $ 0.91 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
06 Shall I sue, shall I seek for grace? 02:46 $ 0.58 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
07 Go crystal tears 03:01 $ 0.63 USD
  Composer: Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
  Toccata 04:55
08 Toccata 03:09 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Schimmelpfennig, Georg
09 Dolce tempo passato 05:02 $ 1.06 USD
  Composer: Schütz, Heinrich
10 Eile mich, Gott, zu erretten 03:04 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Galilei, Michelangelo
  Toccata 04:55
11 Toccata 01:46 $ 0.37 USD
  Composer: Galilei, Michelangelo
12 Corrente 01:19 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Galilei, Michelangelo
13 Volta 01:19 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: d’India, Sigismondo
14 Quella vermiglia rosa 02:04 $ 0.43 USD
  Composer: d’India, Sigismondo
15 Da l’onde del mio pianto 03:20 $ 0.70 USD
  Composer: Ballard, Robert
16 Entrée de luth 02:05 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Guédron, Pierre
17 Cessez, mortels, de soupirer 07:49 $ 1.64 USD
  Composer: Boësset, Jean-Baptiste
18 Que Philis a l’esprit léger 01:37 $ 0.34 USD
  Composer: Moulinié, Etienne
19 Paisible et ténébreuse nuit 02:52 $ 0.60 USD
  Composer: Ballard, Robert
20 Branles de village 03:09 $ 0.66 USD
  Fantasia 06:16
21 Fantasia 01:57 $ 0.41 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
22 Shall I strive with words to move? 03:02 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Danyel, John
23 He whose desires are still abroad 02:21 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Danyel, John
24 Dost thou withdraw thy grace? 01:33 $ 0.33 USD
  Composer: Danyel, John
25 Why canst thou not, as others do? 01:40 $ 0.35 USD
  Composer: Johnson, Robert
26 Pavan 05:13 $ 1.10 USD
  Album total 79:32
SopranoKirkby, Emma
LuteLindberg, Jakob
ComposerBallard, Robert
Boësset, Jean-Baptiste
Danyel, John
Dowland, John
Galilei, Michelangelo
Guédron, Pierre
Huwet, Gregory
Johnson, Robert
Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
Morley, Thomas
Moulinié, Etienne
Schimmelpfennig, Georg
Schütz, Heinrich
d’India, Sigismondo

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