Orpheus In England: Dowland & Purcell | BIS BISCD1725

Orpheus In England: Dowland & Purcell


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BISCD1725

Barcode: 7318590017258

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 31st January 2011



Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg have devised a programme which takes in a wide spectrum of emotions: from the pastoral joyfulness of By a fountain and the melancholy of In darkness let me dwell, we are led via the desperation and drama of Bess of Bedlam to the conviction expressed in Music for a while that music has the power to vanquish even death.

Interspersing the songs are lute solos, including Dowland’s immortal Lachrimae, but also Lindberg’s own transcriptions of Purcell pieces such as The Cibell and the Echo Dance of the Furies from Dido and Aeneas, performed on Lindberg’s unique four-hundred year old instrument.

Kirkby and Lindberg are musical partners of long standing, with earlier collaborations on BIS including Musique and Sweet Poetrie (BISSACD1505), a survey of the lute song across Europe around the year 1600.  

A grand tour conducted by a pair of ideal guides’ was how the reviewer in Gramophone described that disc, while his colleague in International Record Review found that the ‘undeniably glorious performances’ made the disc ‘a journey well worth making’.

John Dowland:
- Disdain me still
- Lend your ears to my sorrow
- Come, heavy sleep
- Preludium
- The Earl of Essex, his Galliard
- A shepherd in a shade
- By a fountain where I lay
- Away with these self-loving lads
- Lachrimæ
- Tarleton’s Riserrectione
- If that a sinner’s sighs
- A Fantasie
- Toss not my soul
- In darkness let me dwell

Henry Purcell:  
- She loves and she confesses too
- They tell us that you mighty powers above
- Trumpet Tune called the Cibell
- Echo Dance of the Furies
- Ritornello ‘The Grove’
- Fly swift, ye hours
- Oh lead me to some peaceful gloom
- What a sad fate is mine
- Lilliburlero. A New Irish Tune
- A New Scotch Tune
- Hornpipe
- A New Ground
- From silent shades or Bess of Bedlam
- Music for a while

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