Dowland - A Fancy | Ricercar RIC425

Dowland - A Fancy


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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC425

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th August 2020



Bor Zuljan (lute)


Bor Zuljan (lute)


The first notes of the descending chromatic theme break the silence and it seems as if time has stopped. The listener is drawn into the world of John Dowland, the greatest lutenist of all, in a journey through multiple shades of melancholy and lucent hope. Never before had the lute sounded as expressive and colourful as in these masterful Fancies, as dynamic as in these sparkling dances: Renaissance lute music here reached its summit. Bor Zuljan explores these qualities in his debut solo recording, breathing new life into Dowland's masterpieces.


Zuljan succeeds very well here. This is an original, improvisatory yet often deeply introspective recital, masterfully curated, mainly of Dowland’s fantasias for solo lute, ‘remarkable masterpieces of counterpoint, rhetoric, architecture and virtuosity’. Zuljan enters, as they say, a crowded field ... But has any so accurately captured our flawed selves in this distorting infinity mirror hall of Renaissance counterpoint and variations on songs and dances which Dowland himself distorted through endless improvisation?  William Yeoman
Gramophone October 2020
This is the first solo album by the Slovenian lutenist Bor Zuljan (born in 1987). Clearly, he is a mature artist both in technical terms and in interpretative skills. ... The result is a decidedly auspicious debut and I shall certainly look out for future recordings by Zuljan.
MusicWeb International
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