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John Dowland: Music of Love and Friendship - The Saltire Singers CD

John Dowland: Music of Love and Friendship - The Saltire Singers CD

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"***The vocal blend here is ravishing. Seldom have individual singers matched their voices more richly in this repertoire, with Patricia Clark leading with a sweet, soaring soprano, her gentle touch of vibrato ideal for Dowland's melodic lines. The choice of songs too is admirable, offering some of Dowland's very finest inspirations. The extended Tell me true love brings opportunities for lovely solo contributions from each member of the team; but most touching of all is the melancholy Whenever Sin Sore Wounding, which shows Dowland at his most profound. The recording of the voices could hardly be bettered, except that at times they tend to overwhelm the lute. The only other small caveat is the relatively short measure (44 minutes), but the quality of the singing more than compensates. Full texts are provided."
-THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC 2009

A stunning recording from England, Music of Love and Friendship represents a flawless vocal performance of John Dowland's most tender and moving songs from Books I through IV.
Patricia Clark and Edger Fleet were both performers with the Deller Consort, and Desmond Dupre was Alfred Deller's accompanist for most of his career. Mastering engineer Doug Pomeroy provides an ultra-high-end, crystalline, digital transfer that allows every nuance of the recording's exceptional acoustics to shine!

Tracks:
1. Away with these self-loving lads (First Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 1:51
2. Sweet stay awhile, why will you rise? (A Pilgrimes Solace), for 4 voices & lute - 3:25
3. In this trembling shadow cast (A Pilgrimes Solace), sacred song for 4 voices & lute - 5:04
4. Now, O now I needs must part (First Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 4:33
5. What if I never speed? (Third Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 3:34
6. Me, me, and none but me (Third Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 3:42
7. Say, Love if ever thou didst find (Third Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 1:46
8. Tell me, true Love (A Pilgrimes Solace), for voice, bass viol, 4 part chorus & lute - 7:09
9. When Phoebus first did Daphne love (Third Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 1:15
10. Think'st thou then by thy feigning (First Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 2:34
11. Where Sin, Sore Wounding (A Pilgrimes Solace), sacred song for 4 voices & lute - 1:15
12. If My Complaints Could Passions Move (First Book of Songs), sacred song for 4 voices & lute - 2:48
13. Fine Knacks for Ladies (Second Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - 2:21
 

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