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Jakob Lindberg plays popular songs,
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This review is from: Jacobean Lute Music [Jakob Lindberg] [BIS: BIS2055] (Audio CD)
Another outstanding performance from Jakob Lindberg on his reconstructed 1598 Sixtus Rauwolf lute, which I've twice heard him play live and which is one of the oldest surviving playable lutes in the world. It sounds fabulous.
There are several original compositions by composers of the day - the programme starts with Dowland's "Tremolo" Fantasia (Poulton catalogue no. 73) and includes his "Battle Galliard" (aka King of Denmark's) and pieces by Daniel Bacheler, Thomas Robinson and Robert Johnson. Lute aficionados may well have multiple versions of some of these in their collections already. But the greatest attraction of this collection is the arrangements or sets of variations ("divisions") on the popular songs of the day of the sort which every composer made, together with a number of arrangements by that important Tudor and Stuart composer Anonymous. There is a lovely set of anonymous Scottish tunes, and my favourite on the whole disc, the English tune "John Come Kiss Me Now" with its superbly executed ornamentation.
There are just two overlaps with Nigel North's CD of a few years ago on Linn, "Go From My Window" which consists entirely of ballad tunes for Renaissance lute (also a 5 star CD). Together these discs tap a great and too little known source of music of the time. Excellent sleeve notes by Lindberg.