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Paul O'Dette - Lord Herbert of Cherbury's Lute Book [Import]

Paul O'Dette Audio CD
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  • Performer: Paul O'Dette
  • Audio CD (October 19, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi, U.S.A.
  • ASIN: B0000007DD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly stunning October 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
According to Paul O'Dette, the performer on this superb album, one of the greatest sources of seventeenth century lute music is the manuscript known as 'Lord Herbert of Cherbury's Lute Book', currently housed in Cambridge, containing 242 pieces from major composers of the day - Gaultier, Despond, Bacheler, Johnson, di Roma, Cato, Hely, Polonias, Perrichon, Polonaise, and Hely. (One disappointment on this album, about the only disappointment really, is that the manuscript contains compositions of John Dowland and Anthony Holborne, none of which are included in this performance).

Lord Herbert of Cherbury was a Renaissance man - diplomat, poet, philosopher, historian, composer, musician; much is known about him from his own autobiography as well as other records of the time. He lived during one of the glory periods of English history, serving as King James I (of England)'s ambassador to France during the early 1600s, among other exciting adventures. This French connection plays an important part in the compositions in his Lute manuscript, as many of the anonymous pieces come from the French composition style, and many of the more famous composers of the time were from France.

Italians figure less prominently in the book, but are well represented. There are subtle variations in style, but a lot of cross-pollination took place, also influencing the English composers. The last great English composer for the lute was most likely Daniel Bacheler, for after his time (and despite his wonderful compositions) the popularity of the lute declined in favour of other, more modern instruments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute TREASURE of lute music May 7, 2004
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This out of stock CD is possibly out of print, but you may be able to find used copies. If so, nab one NOW, do! This is one of the finest interpretations of lute music from the brilliant Lord Cherbury. A bit about the man:
Edward Herbert was born in Eyton-on-Severn on 5 March 1583 and died in London on 20 August 1648. He was a linguist--a master of Greek and Latin at age 13, and when he attended Oxford, he taught himself French, Italian and Spanish. He also taught himself to play the lute, for which he composed, and which music is played here to perfection by Paul O'Dette. He may actually be better known for his history of Henry the VII and even more so for his philosophical treatise "De Veritate" about religious truth--and is considered the founder of the English Deism. But this philosopher was also a soldier, diplomat, spy and duelist--a man of many parts.
This passionate music is the lute at its best--softer and more complex than guitar. If you are looking for something soothing yet deeply inspired, I can't recommend this CD enough.
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