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John Johnson: Lute Music [CD]

Christopher Wilson , Shirley Rumsey , John Johnson Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Composer: John Johnson
  • Audio CD (31 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00008Y3VF
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Delight PavanChristopher Wilson 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Galliard to the Delight PavanChristopher Wilson 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Carman's WhistleChristopher Wilson 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Short AlmaineShirley Rumsey 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Dump, "Queen's Treble": DumpShirley Rumsey 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. RogeroShirley Rumsey 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. PavanChristopher Wilson 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piece without title (Galliard)Christopher Wilson 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Omnino GalliardChristopher Wilson0:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. AlmaineChristopher Wilson0:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johnson's JewelChristopher Wilson 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Quadro PavanChristopher Wilson 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. GalliardChristopher Wilson 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Chi passaShirley Rumsey 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Vecchia PavanShirley Rumsey 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Galliard to La Vecchia PavanChristopher Wilson 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Marigold PavanChristopher Wilson 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. GalliardChristopher Wilson 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A GroundChristopher Wilson 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The Flat PavanShirley Rumsey 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Galliard to the Flat PavanShirley Rumsey 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Dump, "Queen's Treble": DumpChristopher Wilson 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Passingmeasures PavanChristopher Wilson 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. WalsinghamChristopher Wilson 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. GoodnightChristopher Wilson 5:24£0.79  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnson's jewels 23 Mar 2010
By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
These twenty or so pieces from Elizabeth's favourite lutenist provide a vivid window into the life and leisure of a bygone age. An age of elegant, courtly dances and witty songs that Johnson used as the source materials for his masterly compositions. His mastery enabled him to assimilate the contrapuntal influences from renaissance Italy and synthesize them with a native English tradition which, being lost to us now, must remain a tantalising surmisal. Copies of these works have been found scattered in collections all over Europe, probably spread abroad by the itinerant bands of English theatrical players who were so greatly in demand in those days. Many of these pieces take the form of divisions, that is compositions for two players, one of whom provides a ground, a repeating pattern or theme, over which the other provides ever more dazzlingly elaborate melodic variations. Generally, I don't really do background music, but it must be said that this is highly decorous music, that generates a delicate but lively atmosphere. On the other hand, there is no end of surprising detail with which the attentive listener will be rewarded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Christopher Wilson's finest albums 6 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
I cannot speak for anyone else's opinion other than to say I think this disk is at times truly sublime. Christopher Wilson's playing is delicate, sensitive and articulate and does justice to the beautiful music of John Johnson, a neglected Elizabethan English composer. When Shirley Rumsey accompanies Wilson, the music becomes arguably even more beguiling and beautiful - for example, the final track: Goodnight, has a wonderfully limpid quality to the playing and sound. All in all, I think a true bargain - a steal no less for the price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent disc 18 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely cracking CD of music from the Elizabethan court. Johnson was reputed to be Elizabeth I's favourite lutenist, and, on this evidence at least, is worthy of being classed with the great Dowland as a composer. The music is full of melody and invention and with hints of the melancholy associated so strongly with Dowlan's music, but is generally lighter in tone with lively dances and settings of cheery tunes such as the Carman's Whistle - on which, a few years later, Byrd based one of his most popular keyboard pieces. It is rewarding music of real depth, as well as being an absolute delight to listen to.

Christopher Wilson shows again what a very fine lutenist he is on this disc. He has the skill and technique to show these pieces off to their best advantage, and a real empathy with the music. The sound of his lute is simply lovely, and very well recorded by Naxos. Eight of the pieces here are lute duets, for which Wilson is joined by Shirley Rumsey - another very fine lutenist in her own right. They play beautifully together and these are some of my favourite tracks on the disc.

Naxos (as they so often do nowadays) have produced a disc of first-rate performances of excellent music at a bargain price. Very highly recommended
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