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listen  1. The Delight PavanChristopher Wilson 4:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Galliard to the Delight PavanChristopher Wilson 1:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Carman's WhistleChristopher Wilson 3:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Short AlmaineShirley Rumsey 2:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dump, "Queen's Treble": DumpShirley Rumsey 2:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. RogeroShirley Rumsey 1:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. PavanChristopher Wilson 2:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Piece without title (Galliard)Christopher Wilson 1:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Omnino GalliardChristopher Wilson0:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. AlmaineChristopher Wilson0:53$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Johnson's JewelChristopher Wilson 1:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Quadro PavanChristopher Wilson 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. GalliardChristopher Wilson 1:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Chi passaShirley Rumsey 3:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. La Vecchia PavanShirley Rumsey 2:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Galliard to La Vecchia PavanChristopher Wilson 1:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Marigold PavanChristopher Wilson 4:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. GalliardChristopher Wilson 2:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. A GroundChristopher Wilson 2:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Flat PavanShirley Rumsey 2:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Galliard to the Flat PavanShirley Rumsey 1:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Dump, "Queen's Treble": DumpChristopher Wilson 2:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Passingmeasures PavanChristopher Wilson 2:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. WalsinghamChristopher Wilson 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. GoodnightChristopher Wilson 5:24$0.89  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Christopher Wilson, Shirley Rumsey
  • Composer: John Johnson
  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008Y3VF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the kind of music I would not ordinarily be interested in. I know next to nothing about late Renaissance music and even less about lute music. Further, I'm not generally responsive to music for plucked string instruments - guitar, harp, lute. But I was utterly charmed by this issue. I think it was the combination of the soft, dulcet, soothing tones of the lutes used here plus the gentle dancing rhythms of the music itself. Whatever it was, I listened to it straight through the first time and never lost interest; then I played it straight through again, this time listening more critically for things like form, rhythm, harmony, performance style. And I was beguiled all over again.
John Johnson (c. 1550-1594) was a low-born Court musician, probably initially apprenticed to the house of the Earl of Leicester, most likely entering his indentureship at the age of seven or so. In 1577 he entered the service of Queen Elizabeth I, where he was considered her favorite lutenist, and remained there for the rest of his life. He was in the generation immediately preceding the better-known lutenist-composer John Dowland and is usually considered to be the founder of the Golden Age of lute-playing in England.
The music here is modal, homophonic, dance-derived, with a minimum of contrapuntal interest. The dances one hears are French in origin: galliards, pavanes, almaines (allemagnes). My favorite is the not-surprisingly-named 'Johnson's Jewel,' a lively galliard with a catchy tune. The lutenist here, Christopher Wilson, sounds very skillful and musical. He is joined in nine of the 25 pieces by a second lutenist, Shirley Rumsey. Lute duets were apparently a common form in Johnson's time.
Unfortunately my almost-nonexistent technical knowledge of this music is exhausted above. But I'm nonetheless happy to recommend this disc based on my emotional response as a neophyte. It's absolutely charming!
Scott Morrison
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on January 2, 2010
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As I type this there is only one other review, Mr Morrison's, and I am happy to agree with every bit of it. I just want to add a word on behalf of the lutenists, Wilson and Rumsey. I am not a lutenist myself but I do play some other string instruments. I cannot recommend these musicians highly enough - words fail me.

Aside from raving about the excellence of this recording, about all I can add is a comment for those who may be unfamiliar with the lute. If you hunting around out of curiosity and only planning to purchase a single recording, at least for now, you might consider a different recording by these same artists. It is titled "Early Venetian Lute Music" and is available as both an MP3 and a CD here on Amazon. It has the virtue of featuring works by several composers, so is perhaps a better survey. But you can't really miss either way.
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I love early music and this recording is great. Good sound reproduction with a very "open" sound. Excellent for peaceful relaxation!
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By luish on September 7, 2014
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If love lute music this is a must!
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