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Dowland - Lute Music, Vol 1 [CD]

Nigel North Audio CD
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  • Composer: John Dowland
  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lord Strange's March, P. 65 1:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mrs. White's Thing, P. 50 2:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mrs. White's Nothing, P. 56 1:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fantasia in G major, P. 73: Fancy (Fantasia) in G major, P. 73, "Tremolo" 3:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mrs. Nichols' Almain, P. 52 1:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fantasia in G major, P. 1: 7 Fantasies: No. 1. A Fantasie, P. 1 4:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prelude, P. 98 1:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 7 Fantasies: No. 5. A Fancy, P. 5 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. A Dream, P. 75 5:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fantasia in G minor, P. 7: 7 Fantasies: No. 7. A Fancy, P. 7 5:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mrs. Winter's Jump, P. 55 1:390.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Right Honourable the Lady Clifton's Spirit, P. 45: Lady Clifton's Spirit, P. 45 1:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mrs. Vaux's Galliard, P. 32 2:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mrs. Vaux's Jig, P. 57 1:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tarleton's Resurrection, P. 59 2:550.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Fantasia in G minor, P. 6: 7 Fantasies: No. 6. A Fancy, P. 6 3:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Forlorn Hope, P. 2: 7 Fantasies: No. 2. Forlorn Hope Fancy, P. 2 3:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Shoemaker's Wife, A Toy, P. 58 1:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Lady Hunsdon's Puffe, P. 54 1:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Orlando Sleepeth, P. 61 2:540.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Mr. Dowland's Midnight, P. 99 1:560.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 7 Fantasies, P. 4-3: No. 4. Farewell [on In Nomine], P. 4 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 7 Fantasies, P. 4-3: No. 3. Farewell, P. 3 6:400.89  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Titles are: 'Lord Strange's March', 'Mrs. White's Thing', 'Mrs. White's Nothing', ''Tremolo' Fancy (P73)', 'Mrs. Nichol's Almain', 'A Fantasie (Fantasie No. 1), 'Preludium', 'A Fancy (Fantasie No. 5)', 'A Dream', 'A Fancy (Fantasy No. 7)', 'Mrs. Winter's

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious! 15 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I approached this release with uncertainty: there are already a number of 'Complete Lute Music' sets of Dowland. I, personally, have the old Consort of Musicke's set, both on LP and CD; more recently, I added the Paul O'Dette set - which is magnificent - and that appeared to have settled Dowland's lute music for a long time.

Now here comes Nigel North - one of the Consorte of Musicke team from over 25 years ago. He was impressive then, and he's even better now. This Naxos issue is a completely new production, recorded in 2004 in Ontario overseen by Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver: the location and team responsible for producing many highly impressive guitar and lute recordings, including the dazzling Weiss Lute Sonatas played by Robert Barto. They understand how to record this subtlest of plucked instruments.

The question is: is it worth buying this set if you already have Paul O'Dette's? The answer is quite simply - yes.

Paul O'Dette plays with a fiery attack that dazzles and impresses - it is magnificently virtuosic playing; but it is not the only way to play Dowland. Nigel North also avoids sentimentalising the music, but he plays with more emotional expressiveness - I keenly await the release of the Dowland pavans!

The mix of pieces on this CD might seem odd at first glance: there are the Fantasias, complex and magnificent creations, interspersed with Dowland's Jigs, Jumps and other comparatively light pieces. The mixture works brilliantly. North plays with delicate strength, embellishing the repeats of the simpler pieces in a way that elevates them musically - listen, for example, to 'Mrs Nichols' Almain', which follows the spectacular 'Tremolo' Fancy (P73); it's like a light dessert after a large main course.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 12 April 2008
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Just to confirm the other reviewer to date's analysis, this music is superb and NN brings out a vast range of emotions from a single instrument. In my view the best introduction to JOhn Dowland's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little lute music!!!!!! 13 Jan 2008
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This is simply a beautiful album that has not been far from my stereo since receiving it for xmas. I am a newcomer to Dowlands music and this is a great introduction, and perfectly played by Nigel North on the Lute. I intend on purchasing vol II shortly. Highly recommended....
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4.0 out of 5 stars great lute music 21 Oct 2013
By Csia
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this CD has a pleasing tone and excellent lute playing. it is very nice and relaxing to listen to, though a little monotonous after a while
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5.0 out of 5 stars The music of another time 21 Aug 2008
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on
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This was my introduction to the music of John Dowland, and it made me eager for more. There's something melancholy but beautiful about the sound of the lute, and this music had me walking slowly through ornate, meticulously tended gardens under a soft twilight. As a newcomer to such music, I can't offer an educated assessment of this recording -- I just know that it moves me deeply, and reminds me that there's more to life than the ten thousand trivialities of the everyday world. Thoughtful, civilized, heartfelt ... it's what we so desperately need at times, and highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value For The Money 21 April 2007
By T. Stevens - Published on
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I purchased this CD as an introduction to John Dowland's instrumental music and it has become a favorite. The sound and clarity of the recording are excellent and Nigel North gives Dowland's music an ethereal yet lyrical quality. This is an excellent recording for the money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars renaissance time travel: Dowland Lute 13 Jun 2007
By N. Hrenoff - Published on
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You will enjoy this pleasurable music if you fancy the Renaissance time. Put it on and let your imagination take you back. Well worth the price.
Dowland lute music is always a treat to hear.
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