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The Journey & The Labyrinth: The Music of John Dowland (DVD & CD) [Live]

Sting , Edin Karamazov , John Dowland Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Since 1985, Sting has released 13 solo albums. His latest musical endeavor, The Last Ship, is ... Read more in Amazon's Sting Store

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  • Performer: Sting, Edin Karamazov
  • Composer: John Dowland
  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,166 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Flow My Tears (Lachrimae)
2. The Lowest Trees Have Tops
3. Fantasy - Sting
4. Come Again
5. Have You Seen The Bright Lilly Grow
6. In Darkness Let Me Dwell
7. Hell Hound On My Trail
8. Message In A Bottle
Disc: 2
1. 'Come Again'
2. Project Origin
3. 'Can She Excuse My Wrongs'
4. The Lute And The Labyrinth
5. 'The Lowest Trees Have Tops'
6. 'Flow My Tears'
7. Dowland's Exile
8. 'Clear Or Cloudy'
9. Political Intrigue
10. 'Have You Seen The Bright Lily Grow'
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Recorded at St. Luke's Cathedral in London, The Journey and the Labyrinth continues Sting and lute player Edin Karamazov's exploration of the music of John Dowland. The bulk of this material first appeared on 2006's Songs from the Labyrinth. Performed live and placed in a setting concurrent with the life of the 16th-century composer, the songs feel tied to their origins in profound ways. The grand room's ambiance is made apparent with the reverberating applause at the close of each selection. The closing two numbers show how this 400-year-old music has aspects very much in sync with relatively contemporary works. Both Robert Johnson's "Hellhound on My Trail" and Sting's own Police hit "Message in a Bottle" utilize crisply delineated melodies and spare but robust accompaniment. A DVD is included in the set, as well. Elegantly produced, it not only offers the live performance featured on the CD, but also provides Sting's own thoughtfully articulated connections to this still vibrantly romantic music. --David Greenberger

Product Description

DVD/CD deluxe package follows Sting's CD - Songs From The Labyrinth. The DVD disc will feature the television program that takes us on Sting's magical journey as we travel behind the scenes and watch as he studies and learns the music of John Dowland with his teacher Richard Levitt and rehearses with lutenist Edin Karamazov. The show was filmed in the unique atmosphere of Sting's Tuscan villa and at his Elizabethan home and gardens near London. The live music was recorded by the BBC at the historic St. Luke's Church - Wimbeldon, England and includes a never before seen version of ''Message In A Bottle''.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting & Dowland: A (Nearly) Perfect Union March 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to Sting's latest album: "Songs from the Labyrinth" comprised of some 23 songs by John Dowland; interesting choice for a rocker I always felt could be the reincarnation of a medieval troubadour.

Those who would complain about lack of authenticity should be reminded that there were no opera singers in Dowland's time. Sting's voice, in all reality, is probably far closer to how these songs were sung than how we more typically - but incorrectly - hear them today by "trained" voices.

Now the review: Bloody marvelous! Aside from a moment or two of vocal quirkiness (exaggerated by microphone) it is evident from the onset Sting clearly loves this music. He shows himself to be thoroughly comfortable with the style the music's melissmas and leaps presenting no difficulties, and using his sometimes ravaged voice to telling effect wedding all, hauntingly so, Dowland's sometimes overwrought and sentimental lyrics. Accompanying him on lute, and spectacularly, is Edin Karamazov whose brilliant playing makes the instrument sound like an entire medieval band. Karamazov gets to shine on several solo numbers, including a dazzlingly difficult Galliard which threatens to take your breath away. It very nearly did mine.

Certain songs will stick in the memory, particularly the more heart-aching ones "Flow my tears" and my personal favorite here, "Have you seen the bright Lily grow." It is in these numbers where Sting, Karamazov and Dowland all seem to flow from one purpose, one entity and, after four centuries, the timelessness of song reveals itself as relevant now as it ever was.

Added to the CD is now the PBS documentary/concert which is equally stunning:

I, predictably, was captivated by it.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To buy or not to buy, that is the question April 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When I was younger, I went on a wine-appreciation course. The first thing I was told was: "Don't let snobs dictate your taste to you: if you like chilled red wine with fish, DRINK chilled red wine with fish!"

Over the years, I have found this to be good advice, and not just about wine.

70 years ago, Andrés Segovia played the Bach Chaconne for the first time in Paris. He said "I could measure my success by the rage of the violinists." But the guitarists didn't care. Nowadays Bach on the guitar is commonplace.

50 years ago, lutenists criticised Julian Bream for playing their instrument like a guitar. He said "It's my job to blow the dust off these things."

It always miffs insiders when an outsider comes along and brings their speciality to a new audience, even though they may publicly applaud him for doing so: it will be a lucky outsider who doesn't get stick for not doing things the "correct" way.

So the Amazon (and other) reviewers of "Songs from the Labyrinth" fall (for the most part) into two camps: Early Music buffs, and Sting fans. As I joined the Lute Society in 1973, and reviewed Early Music for several years, I suppose I must be considered to fall more into the former category than the latter.

But, it seems to me that all the discussion of "authenticity", impassioned and learnèd though it may be, is irrelevant. The only important questions are: Has the performer made a serious attempt to understand what's going on in the music? and Does he bring something fresh to it?

In Sting's case, the answer is clearly Yes to both. And that said, the only other thing of importance is whether you like the result.

I do like it, and I'm glad to see I'm not alone, even among us old fogeys.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MOST BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY February 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was so excited to get my Journey & The Labyrinth DVD the other day I opened and watched it immediatly. It is such a beautiful program that I was even amazed. Most DVD's are disappointing when it comes to music. But this one is not only wonderful it is a history lesson about John Dowland , Sting and Edin Karamozov's lovely Journey together. Some of us have deemed Sting and Edin The Odd Couple,because it was a most unlikely collaboration. I am glad they did this project. I think it is one of the most brave and beautiful projects Sting has ever done.Sting just keeps getting better and better at singing these beautiful songs full of melancholy. A lot of scenes were shot at Lake House near Wiltshire, England and Il Palagio in Tuscany , Sting's main homes.
This music does not appeal to everyone but if you have ever listened to a Madrigals concert or sang in one you will love these songs. Sting is ever the school teacher in this venture and you can tell he is enjoying it. The album Songs From The Labyrinth has stayed #1 on the Classical charts for quite some time. This is truly a 16th Century history lesson.Two experts on John Dowland discuss this 16th Century composer along with Sting and Edin. Absolutely beautiful DVD. This program will also be aired on PBS stations on February 26th. Check your local listings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning: audio CD is not the complete album February 23, 2009
By Fiona
Format:Audio CD
Just a warning, it may not be obvious from the packaging or the reviews here that the audio CD that accompanies this DVD contains just 8-9 tracks. It is not the same as the original album "Songs from the Labyrinth" that has 23 or 24 tracks! The DVD is very cool, but I wished I had noticed that the music CD was not the full original before I took the packaging off (and the brick-and-mortar retail store would not accept it back for exchange!).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sting Rolls the Dice With John Dowland
In 2006, Sting took a shot at performing the songs of Elizabethan composer John Dowland. It was a bit of a gamble and, if Sting does not win the pot, he at least broke even. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kevin M. Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful
Although Sting has been proven to be a diverse and immensely talented performer, this collection takes this understanding to a new level. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars The Journey & the Labyrinth
Very nice voice, with surprising special singing. I was very satisfied with the product. I really recommend it to others.
Published 24 months ago by S. Granado
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting and lute
Dvd was So enjoyable. Let me relive a visit to Durham Cathedral. Also the quality of sound was excellent on both the CD and DVD. Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by Armeda E. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Masterpiece
I find it very fascinating when pop artists delve into other genre's of music, particularly what's considered classical. Read more
Published on October 10, 2010 by Jim Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey & The Labyrinth
Although I am a thoughly classical music person,my daughter introduced me to Sting ,a rock star,doing some wonderful things with John Dowland's music. Read more
Published on March 27, 2009 by Nancy J. Rappaport
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting! Who knew!
I'm an early music fan. I also love the work of John Dowland, have lived in Denmark, and visited the castle of King Christian IV where Dowland spent an unhappy time. Read more
Published on August 29, 2007 by Linda Rising
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable....
I have been a Sting/Police fan since my youth, and I have to admit - I was very skeptical when I first heard about this latest venture from Sting. Read more
Published on May 21, 2007 by Flexible_Strategies
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey & The Labyrinth
The album was just fantastic! Very different from Sting's usual music. He should do more of it.
Published on May 12, 2007 by Sherwin J. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, visually stunning
It seems at first like Sting really stretched on this one, but if you're a dedicated fan, you'll see that his career has been leading here all along. Think of "St. Read more
Published on April 18, 2007 by C. J. Fuller
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