This is a richly melodic collection of early music, but in addition to the usual viols and lutes, it also features theorbos (like a cross between a lute and giant guitar), and organ. This consequently gives a greater richness and variety to these dance-like pieces, which vary from rustic earthiness to courtly elegance, or the yearning pavan. These are warmly immediate pieces, full of joyful rhythmns, underpinned by the rich variety of the writing, and the quality of the performances. An essential collection of early music, and a perfect introduction for a beginner to this neglected and rewarding world.
Sumptuous, richly rewarding. Filled with variety, this is a treasure trove. I'd never before heard of William Lawes, but trust the Naxos early music series, so thought I'd try this. Thrilled with this CD and its stunningly various sounds.