Dowland: Complete Lute Music Box set
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Supple, sensitive and warmly recorded, North's artful set is a steal at budget price. --BBC Music Magazine, October 2013
Top Customer Reviews
Buy it now. You wont be disappointed.
North is one of the world's greatest lutenists. He has been making recordings of the highest quality for many years now and this series for Naxos is among his best. He has the depth of technique to make Dowland's sometimes very difficult pieces sound as easy and as natural as breathing. He also has a wonderful understanding of the music itself, investing it with exactly the right degree of emotion so that it never sounds stodgy or miserable - just poignantly melancholy where it should and engagingly charming in other places. The fabulously beautiful tone which North coaxes from his lute is perfectly caught by the excellent recording, and the notes and presentation are very decent.
I cannot commend this set highly enough. I was raised on Jakob Lindberg's recordings which I still love, but I have come round to preferring Nigel North's recordings. At this price they are a wonderful bargain, too. Don't hesitate: this is a set to give pleasure for many years so snap it up.
I'm not a musician so I don't know about the quality of the playing but it sounds pretty damn fine to me. I can speak to the quality of the recording and on my very revealing hifi it is absolutely brilliant - clean and with wonderful presence - you are in the room with the artist.
The set is also ridiculously cheap and probably the best bargain I've found this year. Do try it, you won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstandingly good.I've been an admirer of Dowland from when I first heard Julian Bream perform him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Music Lover
All four discs are sublime lute music and I can never tire of listening to them - - - the reproduction to my ears is as faultless as the playing.Published 16 months ago by R. G. S.
A delightful collection. One could be forgiven that four CD's of lute music would tend to sound the same after a while, but North's skill and Dowlands musical genius mean that each... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Muddy Rutter
Four CDs of John Dowland's music played sensitively and creatively by one of the world's great lutenists. Excellent sound engineering. Good background notes. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2014 by Reductio
I would recommend this CD pack to anyone who enjoys music of this era. I bought it for my partner who really loves it; for him, the earlier the music, the better. Read morePublished on 21 April 2014 by M. Hughes