The Mad Lover

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The Mad Lover

Theotime Langlois de Swarte (violin), Thomas Dunford (lute)

£8.79

There's a deep-set strand of melancholy running through English music from the days of John Dowland, through the Baroque era of Henry Purcell, and resurfacing in the twentieth century in the works of such disparate figures as Benjamin Britten and Harrison Birtwistle, among others. Sometimes coexisting with English pastoralism, at others seemingly at odds with its Arcadian visions, it has its roots partly in the tumultuous political, religious and social upheavals of the early modern era, but also in the increased awareness of ‘self’ that was characteristic of Renaissance humanism. And it is a strand that is tapped into wit... read more

There's a deep-set strand of melancholy running through English music from the days of John Dowland, through the Baroque era of Henry Purcell, and resurfacing in the twentieth century in the works of such disparate figures as Benjamin Britten and Harrison Birtwistle, am... read more

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