Lieder, Duette & Instrumentalwerke aus der Renaissance von Dowland, Jones, Johnson
+Lesungen aus Werken von Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion u. a.
  • Künstler: Rezitation: Ralph Fiennes Theatre of Early Music
  • Label: BIS, DDD, 2004
  • Bestellnummer: 2969673
  • Erscheinungstermin: 28.10.2005


For as long as man has created works of art, love and its attendant joys and pain has provided subject matter to a great part of them. One Golden Age for songs and poems about love was the 16th century in England, where Shakespeare, Dowland and many others sang to the glory of their lovers, loved ones and Love itself, while never forgetting the grief which almost certainly follows the passion. On this disc, counter-tenor Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music (also on the much praised BIS-CD-1346: Leçons de Ténèbres) have devised a programme which includes both songs and poems showing the many faces of Love, as painted by poets and composers in the years between 1560-1630. The musicians are joined by the acclaimed Shakespearean actor Ralph Fiennes, known from films such as Schindler’s List, The English Patient and The Constant Gardener, who recites poems by Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, Thomas Campion and others. These poems intersperse a collection of songs, duets and instrumental pieces by Dowland, Robert Jones and Robert Johnson.

James Bowman, appearing on BIS for the first time, has had an unparallelled career. He was the very first counter-tenor to appear at Glyndeborne (in 1971) and has since visited most of the world's major opera houses. He and Daniel Taylor have explored the English lute songs before, together and on their own. Here they are joined by experts in this particular field: Frances Kelly, Elizabeth Kenny and Mark Levy have all made their reputations in this repertoire, both as soloists and in various ensembles. Together the six performers make Love Bade Me Welcome a unique disc: at turns bitter-sweet, tragic, joyful, full of hope and disillusion – just like Love itself!
  • Tracklisting
  1. 1 Though Your Strangeness Frets My Heart
  2. 2 My Complaining Is But Feigning
  3. 3 Love (Poem)
  4. 4 Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart
  5. 5 Lady Hatton's Almaine
  6. 6 Sweet Kate
  7. 7 When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes (Poem)
  8. 8 What If I Seek for Love of Thee?
  9. 9 In the grace of wit, of tongue, and face (Poem)
  10. 10 Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  11. 11 When to the sessions of sweet silent thought (Poem)
  12. 12 Lie Down, Poor Heart
  13. 13 Slow, slow, fresh fount (Poem)
  14. 14 Lord Zouch His March, for harp & lute
  15. 15 Say, Love if ever thou didst find, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  16. 16 Lachrimae, pavan for lute (music by Dowland poss. arr. by W.Wigthorpe)
  17. 17 Sighs (Poem)
  18. 18 Me, me, and none but me, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  19. 19 Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  20. 20 Now Winter Nights Enlarge for voice, lute & bass viol
  21. 21 And Is It Night?
  22. 22 Grief of My Best Love's Absenting
  23. 23 So am I as the rich whose blessed key (Poem)
  24. 24 The Second Witches Dance
  25. 25 Follow thy fair sun
  26. 26 Hark! Wot Ye What?
  27. 27 The given heart (Poem)

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