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Lute Music Of John Dowland

John Dowland , Ronn McFarlane Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Ronn McFarlane
  • Composer: John Dowland
  • Audio CD (August 2, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B000001Q8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sir John Smith's Almain
2. Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard
3. My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
4. Melancholy Galliard
5. My Lady Hundson's Puffe
6. Piper's Pavan
7. The Earl Of Essex Galliard
8. Fantasie #1
9. Fortune My Foe
10. Lady Laiton's Almain
11. Lachrimae
12. Queen Elizabeth's Galliard
13. Tarleton's Resurrection
14. Mrs. Winter's Jump
15. Preludium
16. Dowland's Galliard
17. Go From My Window
18. Round Battle Galliard
19. What If A Day
20. The Shoemaker's Wife
See all 28 tracks on this disc

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Dowland's lute works are among the most beautiful compositions of the Renaissance period. Because so many of his pieces are wistful and sad, he was known as "the melancholy Dowland," although McFarlane's selection offers a fair number of more cheerful pieces. These performances are extremely stylish, alert and expressive in every moment of the music. Paul O'Dette's Dowland recordings for Harmonia Mundi are also very well played and include all of the composer's music on five discs. For a single-disc introduction to the composer, this Dorian CD is ideal. Dowland fanatics will need O'Dette's series, and perhaps McFarlane's also. Dorian's sound is extremely realistic. --Leslie Gerber

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I first heard John Dowland's lute music many years ago as a classical guitar student, thought it, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the Spanish repertoire the cream of the music for the guitar - and still feel mostly that way. But it was awhile before I was able to find recordings of Dowland's music.

Ronn McFarlane's "Lute Music of Dowland" is a wonderful introduction to John Dowland's lute music. His playing is delightful, the digital recording itself captures his lute beautifully, and the CD offers 28 Dowland compositions, a number well known, some not, all performed stylishly in a way that captures your attention from the very beginning, to the end, of the CD.

Dowland's music represents the very peak of Elizabethan lute music in late sixteenth centry England, a period which began with lutenist John Johnson, and whose music spread in popularity across Europe.

There is an unmistakable melancholy quality about Dowland's music, but it also contains numerous memorable pieces, such as Sir John Smith's Almaine, My Lady Hudson's Puffe, The Earl of Essex Galliard, Melancholy Galliard, Queen Elizabeth's Galliard, Lachrimae, The Frog Galliard etc,; some extraordinary passagework, and appeal that very much transcends time.

Ronn McFarlane's Dowland CD on the Dorian label, along with Jakob Lindberg's Dowland CD on BIS, are the two best single CD collections I know of Dowland's lute music, apart from Paul O'Dette's five volume collection of Dowland which the serious or compleat Dowland collector might prefer. (Julian Bream also offers Dowland on his lute recital CDs, but these include other composers.)

Strongly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow October 22, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This one's a winner. The music of Dowland is eternal. The lute playing and recording here is peerless. The Amazon review is right on. I'm not such a lute fan, but I return to this CD often. I want more from lutenist Ronn McFarlane! Bravo to all involved here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars El Espíritu del Renacimiento May 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sir John Smith's Almain, pieza con la cual comienza el disco nos resume la idea básica del Renacimiento tanto en Inglaterra como en el resto de Europa. En dicha composición (como en el resto) se encuentran los razgos más característicos: repetición y parafraseo de los motivos en diferentes intesidades y compases. ¡Bienvenidos!
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5.0 out of 5 stars yep, a fine album December 11, 2013
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The other reviews here tell you what you need to know, but I'll chime in with agreement that the music is lovely and beautifully executed by the lutenist. I play several Dowland pieces on the ukulele, thanks to the tablature transcriptions for uke by Tony Mizen (whose book is available here on Amazon), and I find this CD useful for ideas on how to articulate Dowland's pieces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect February 18, 2012
By Pryles
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McFarlane's choice of songs is excellent, each distinct, but perfectly suited to the next. His renditions are beautiful and dynamic, they are impossible to tier of of.
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