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Care Charming Sleep [CD]

John Dowland, John Potter, The Dowland Project Audio CD
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  • Performer: Dowland Project
  • Composer: Cipriano de Rore, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Felice Sances, Henry Purcell, John Wilbye, et al.
  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B0000AP6HK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Refrain 1
2. Ancor Che Col Partire
3. Gia Piu Volte Tremante
4. Care-Charming Sleep
5. Accenti Queruli
6. Weep, Weep, Mine Eyes
7. As I Walked Forth
8. Refrain 2
9. Refrain 3
10. She Loves And She Confesses
11. Angelia Siete
12. Have You Seen But A Bright Lily Grow
13. Refrain 4 Amor Dov'e La Fe
14. Care-Charming Sleep (2nd Version)
15. Ancor Che Col Partire

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Extending the work begun on the celebrated `In Darkness Let Me Dwell', ex-Hilliard Ensemble singer John Potter and the group now known as The Dowland Project continue to restore the craft of improvisation to the music of the early Baroque. Five highly individual musicians turn now to Purcell, Monteverdi, Cipriano da Rore, Robert Johnson and others, interpreting their madrigals and songs with great imagination and freedom, on an album of intensely lyrical, richly melodic music.

John Potter was for 17 years tenor singer with the Hilliard Ensemble as well as the group's conceptual thinker (the juxtaposing of old and new music in the Hilliard repertoire stemmed from Potter's influence). He was a key contributor to the Officium and Mnemosyne projects with Jan Garbarek. Saxophonist John Surman, one of the defining voices of European jazz, has been a crucial ECM contributor for three decades. Swiss violinist Maya Homburger came to prominence with period instrument orchestras such as The English Consort, and American lutenist Stephen Stubbs has been a key figure in the "early music" movement for 20 years. English bassist Barry Guy is well known as a composer, virtuoso performer and an innovator of free music; his ECM discs include the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble's new 'Memory/Vision' amongst others.

Recorded 2001

Personnel: John Potter - (voice), Stephen Stubbs - (chitarrone, baroque guitar), Maya Homburger - (baroque violin), John Surman - (soprano saxophone and bass clarinet), Barry Guy - (double-bass)


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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music | Shame about the marketing 22 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
First let me get the negatives off my chest: this CD is really difficult to find in any physical shop. The problem for the retailer is this: where to file it? The CD is by 'The Dowland Project', yet it contains no songs by John Dowland. The composers contributing the most songs to the album are the not-very-well-known Cipriano da Rore and Robert Johnson (not the blues guitarist!). The convention with classical CDs is to file by composer, so this CD gets lost in the enormous 'Various Artists' category. Alternatively you can file the CD by star performer, but there again, ECM has created a problem for the CD-buying public: the only performer listed on the cover of this CD is John Potter, but I suspect the contributing artist who pulls in most ECM fans is John Surman. He was certainly the reason I bought the first CD by this grouping -- the outstanding 'In Darkness Let Me Dwell', which was the record of the year for a number of critics, in the UK at least.
So there you go, ECM. If you want to know why this CD achieves only a tenth of the sales it deserves, put it down to filing problems. Let's move on to the music.
The big question in my mind when first playing this was this: had the group already taken all the best songs of the period for 'In Darkness ...'? No, I don't think so. Actually, the songs here are more uplifting than those on 'In Darkness ...', which generally had a rather melancholy, Elizabethan air to them. But somehow I feel 'In Darkness ...' is still the better album, which is why I award this one four stars. I would prefer to hear more instrumentals, and to hear more from John Surman. The stand-out track for me is #13, 'Refrain 4' by Monteverdi, where the artists improvise around a very simple guitar-driven theme.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music | Shame about the marketing 22 Dec 2003
By Gavin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First let me get the negatives off my chest: this CD is really difficult to find in any physical shop. The problem for the retailer is this: where to file it? The CD is by 'The Dowland Project', yet it contains no songs by John Dowland. The composers contributing the most songs to the album are the not-very-well-known Cipriano da Rore and Robert Johnson (not the blues guitarist!). The convention with classical CDs is to file by composer, so this CD gets lost in the enormous 'Various Artists' category. Alternatively you can file the CD by star performer, but there again, ECM has created a problem for the CD-buying public: the only performer listed on the cover of this CD is John Potter, but I suspect the contributing artist who pulls in most ECM fans is John Surman. He was certainly the reason I bought the first CD by this grouping -- the outstanding 'In Darkness Let Me Dwell', which was the record of the year for a number of critics, in the UK at least.
So there you go, ECM. If you want to know why this CD achieves only a tenth of the sales it deserves, put it down to filing problems. Let's move on to the music.
The big question in my mind when first playing this was this: had the group already taken all the best songs of the period for 'In Darkness ...'? No, I don't think so. Actually, the songs here are more uplifting than those on 'In Darkness ...', which generally had a rather melancholy, Elizabethan air to them. But somehow I feel 'In Darkness ...' is still the better album, which is why I award this one four stars. I would prefer to hear more instrumentals, and to hear more from John Surman. The stand-out track for me is #13, 'Refrain 4' by Monteverdi, where the artists improvise around a very simple guitar-driven theme.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Potter does it again 12 April 2009
By Vanilor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My favorite CD in the Dowland Project is Romaria, which was released about five years after this CD, the second in the series. It's a close call, though - the artistry and emotion involved here is extraordinary. I doubt you could find a more inspired rendition of any song on this CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous music sensitively and imaginatively performed 6 Feb 2009
By saho27 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely stunning album, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Some purists will be put off by the "crossover" elements, but the beautiful, rarely-heard music is performed here with glorious sensitivity.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely interpretation 30 Sep 2004
By M.K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Baroque music made fresh and lovely by modern musicians. I might have been hearing old familiar tunes for the first time because of the musicians' choices of instruments.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb quality and service 9 July 2011
By gerardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the ONLY cd purchased in 10 yrs on Amazon that reached me in (1) day!!! Actually sent UPS (never before experienced on Amazon)!!! Perfect new condition. Highly recommended!!! [hello to "fluffy the cat"]
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