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Night Sessions

24 Jun. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Jun. 2013
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • Copyright: 2013 ECM Records GmbH
  • Total Length: 1:12:18
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  • ASIN: B00D80JA0U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,499 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
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This, the Dowland Project's fourth album, is made up from largely improvised sessions made during the recording of Care Charming Sleep and Romaria.

In the booklet, John Potter distinguishes between the two sorts of material used here as "day" and "night". The day music is how the ensemble normally operate, using a notated piece as a point of departure, whilst the night pieces are more ephemeral; improvised meditations, inspired here by fragments of medieval poetry.

Among the day pieces are two fantazias for lute played by Stephen Stubbs taken from books by the Renaissance composers Attaignant and Dalza. There are some even earlier compositions included, one using Byzantine chant and another by the troubador Bernart de Ventadorn.

Of the night pieces, Potter insists, "nothing really needs to be said". Whatever the case, the circumstance of their inception is interesting. The group had finished recording what later became Care Charming Sleep, and after enjoying a convivial and relaxed evening, the producer (and moving spirit of the ensemble) Manfred Eicher suggested that they return to the church to record some more. The group agreed, despite having run out of music to play. John Potter however had some medieval poems on him, and these provided the inspiration for what was to follow. He clearly relishes these texts, and his burnished tenor brings them to life with a sometimes startling clarity.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Millar on 20 Sept. 2013
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This is an afterthought of an album. It's not up to the quality of their other works and, although it has it's moments it not something one can readily sit down and listen to. Lots of Early English speech (and I have studied Early English) and it doesn't make for good music. I'd give it a miss.
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