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"Crystal Tears"

29 May 2008 | Format: MP3

£7.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 harmonia mundi s.a.
  • Total Length: 1:19:22
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  • ASIN: B00B5GZDAK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,045 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary J. Walker on 13 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
Delightful, exquisite. Some echo, but otherwise lovely sound. It took me a while to accept the countertenor sound as anything other than a good party trick. But I now love the sound as much as the output from any decent tenor, baritone, saoprano or mezzo.

There's been some criticism that Scholl might be overstylised for this material - but that is just Scholl's wonderful technique. If you want a more informal style, then try Sting's take on Dowland. Personally - I like both.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm not so sure as the other reviewers that this recital by Andreas Scholl and colleagues really hangs together. I do like Scholl's voice, but I feel that his diction is a shade to cool and perfect for this very English (and their European friends) music. Perhaps the old records by Rooley et al offer up more variety of tone than this CD.

It's not bad, as such, but not very good either. Produced to Harmonia Mundi's usual exemplary standards, I'd try and have a listen prior to purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 13 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is a very beautiful disc of Elizabethan songs sung by one of the greatest of countertenors and I ought to love it. I do like it but for me there is something slightly missing beneath the surface.

The programme is wonderful, the musicianship generally excellent from both Scholl and the lute and viol players, and the whole thing sounds extremely lovely. However, I wasn't convinced that Scholl in particular was really engaged with the nuances of feeling in the songs. I normally love Scholl's performances and I realise that this is bordering on sacrilege for many people, but it is the truth, I'm afraid. It may just be that English isn't Scholl's first language, but for whatever reason I am not quite engaged by these performances and far prefer Robin Blaze in this repertoire.

I don't want to put anyone off. It's a personal feeling which a lot of people plainly don't share. You may not share it either: it is lovely music, expertly performed and beautifully recorded. For me, though, it doesn't quite hot the spot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrewThomo on 9 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
The CD sleeve notes of this recording open with a quote from the full title of William Byrd's Psalmes, Songs and Sonnets of 1611: 'Framed to the life of the words' and then goes into a very convincing argument for the music to play a supporting role to the poetry. Unfortunately, this philosophy has not carried over into the production of this album with the sumptuous viol consort and the purity of Scholl's counter-tenor entirely usurping the text.

This recording is beautiful but I found myself straining to hear the one in five intelligible English words. Whilst I am not against singers performing in languages beyond their native tongue, the music and poetry of John Dowland are so interlinked that Scholl's linguistic shortcomings really do make nonsense of the music for my ears.

If you don't mind losing the viols, I would recommend Robin Blaze & Elizabeth Kenny's wonderful English Lute Songs. The sparser backdrop of Kenny's solo Theorbo and Blaze's clarity of tone and diction produce a much more immediate experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Mason on 20 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A lovely collection of English renaissance songs, some quite familiar, some less so. Although in one or two of the songs the melancholy is so well expressed that only a resolute soul can stave off an instant lowness of spirit, most of the pieces are a sheer delight; from the achingly beautiful simplicity of Dowland's "Now, O now, I needs must part" to the joyous gaity of Byrd's "Though amaryllis dance in green", all are sung with a clarity and engagement which envelop the listener.
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