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Dowland: Complete Lute Works Box set, Import


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  • Performer: Paul O'Dette
  • Composer: John Dowland
  • Audio CD (November 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007HU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Piece Without Title - Dowland
2. Pavana - Dowland
3. Mr Knights Galliard - Dowland
4. My lord willobies wellcome home - Dowland
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. My lady hunnsdons puffe
2. Solus cum sola
3. Suzanna Galliard
4. Sir John Smith his Almain
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The most high and mightie Christianus, the fourth King of Denmark, his Galliard
2. Sir John Langton his Pavin
3. Mr. Langtons galliard
4. A Fancy
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Preludium
2. A Fancy
3. Lachrimae
4. Galliard to Lachrimae
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. A Fancy
2. Pavana Dowlandi Angli (Mylius #2)
3. Doulands rounde battell galyarde
4. Pavin
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Dowland did for lute music what Haydn did for the string quartet and Beethoven the piano sonata. The finest lutenist and songwriter of his age--he composed several of the greatest hits of the late 16th and early 17th centuries--the surviving lute works constitute a sort of encyclopedia of the possibilities of the instrument. There are song arrangements, dance pieces, tributes to the composer's friends, even a musical self-portrait. Much of the music is fashionably sad. Lute songs generally deal with the agony of lost love, and Dowland's most popular tune was called Lachrimae (Tears). Paul O'Dette is simply the best lutenist alive. These five discs are available together at a special price, or separately. A reference edition. --David Hurwitz

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The recording is also excellent.
David Jacobson
The music is great as background for a dinner party or intimate conversation, but has depth aplenty for concentrated listening.
Lindsay Ball
This is indispensible to any music lover.
Daniel T. Gianola-Norris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Shaw N. Gynan on March 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First, I should provide a disclaimer. I am only an amateur classical music buff, and a beginning classical guitarist, so I cannot provide the definitive critique of this five-disc set; however, I am unable to resist praising this work.
I was already familiar with and a fan of Dowland's music, but I hesitated getting this set, thinking that over five hours of music for the lute and the opharion (a metal-stringed instrument similar to the lute) would be overkill. Instead, I find myself wishing Dowland had lived another lifetime to provide us with even more of his tremendously varied and always exquisite music.
Paul Odette's playing is technically impeccable and unfailingly inspired by creativity. Dowland's manuscripts leave much to the imagination and intepretative genius of the player, and Odette combines faithful rendering with sparkling and virtuoso improvised ornamentation.
What is most important, naturally, is the result: 400 year old music that sounds remarkably contemporary, fresh. This is not to say that Dowland's music is modern, but rather that the composer captures universal qualities of human emotion and aesthetic sensibility. The many moods range from spritely, happy melodies to deeply contemplative and moving meditations. The careful engineering of this recording (typical of Harmonia Mundi releases) lends the performances a crystalline realism that fills the room with shimmering resonance.
This is music to gladden and soothe the soul in these complex and highly technological times, a gift from the past that will thrill and enlighten generations to come.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Frank C. on December 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Dowland was a genius, and when you have another genius of the lute (Paul O'Dette) playing his music, this music transcends all words that could possibly describe it.

My life is a better and richer one because I own these recordings and THAT is not an exaggeration. These lute works should be heard by every person at least once in their lifetime - they are that vital. In my opinion, they are as important as Bach's Cello Suites, although if I had to choose between these and the Cello Suites, I would choose the Dowland without hesitation.

Dim the lights, enjoy your favorite wine and become lost in a world that is richer and deeper than all of the money in the world could possibly buy. Thank you Mr. O'Dette for your incredible gift for our ears.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mostly Mozart VINE VOICE on August 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This five-volume set of all John Dowland's lute music, including several pieces that may have been composed by others, is as close to perfect as any recording ever made.
Paul O'Dette is a leading Elizabethan music scholar. Faced with the task of creating his own editions for many of these works and selecting the proper edition for others, he has succeeded in using editions that are historically accurate and musically pleasing.
The same goes for his playing. Every phrase is exquisitely shaped, and fits perfectly into each piece. Dynamics, tone production, intonation, and phrasing are impeccable. All in all, O'Dette's playing is both authentic and, at the same time, vital.
I have been learning some of these pieces on classical guitar, and I learn something new about each of them every time I listen.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel T. Gianola-Norris on January 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dowland's lute music is one of the great treasures of western music. These performances are both expressive and technically flawless. The sound quality is insanely good, and the fat booklet included is a great resource of information. This is indispensible to any music lover.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Ball on October 22, 2005
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I bought Volume 1 of this set a couple of years ago. It has become one of my favorite CDs, so I thought I would enjoy the full set. I have not been disappointed. I find the sound quality excellent, the playing superb. The included booklet has a lot of interesting background material. The music is great as background for a dinner party or intimate conversation, but has depth aplenty for concentrated listening. I often listen to it while working at the computer where I swear it improves concentration and productivity!

A few tunes appear more than once as Dowland reused some work, but the arrangements are sufficiently different to be interesting. It is his complete lute works, after all. Some might criticise the set for sounding too much in the same style. It is the work of one composer, and if you happen to like the style, as I do, this is a pro rather than a con.

Another reviewer mentioned obtrusive breathing on the recording. I had listened to Volume 1 for two years before reading the review and had not noticed this. On listening carefully, there is breathing audible, but I do not find it a problem. Perhaps it depends whether one listens to the music or the background.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2003
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Five discs of lute music, you say? Never fear; it's fantastic stuff. Sure, the only single-instrument CDs I have are piano, harpsichord, but now I'll add a third instrument. Dowland's music is phenomenal, the playing by O'Dette is superb. Go for all 5 volumes; why limit yourself. Excelsior! Thanks, boys!
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