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Jacobean Lute Music'

Magazine article Gramophone

Jacobean Lute Music'

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Jacobean Lute Music' [G] [GP]

Anonymous A Scottish Dance. Draw near to me and love me. Hence to me Molly Gray. A Scottish Tune. Scottish Hunts Up. Prelude. John come kiss me now Bacheler Mounsiers Almaine. Prelude. La jeune fillette. Courante. Pavin Dowland A Fancy. The Battle Galliard. Mr John Langton's Pavan J Gaultier Courante. Cloches. Courante C Hely Fantasia. Saraband R Johnson Pavin. Fantasia T Robinson Merry Melancholy. A Galliard. Walking in a Country Towne. A Gigue. Spanish Pavan.

A Gigue. A Toy. Row well, you mariners

Jakob Lindberg lute

BIS [F] [SACD-D]. BIS2055 (81' * DDD/DSD)

Upon hearing this terrific release for the first time, I remarked to a friend that it could easily have been titled 'Jakobean Lute Music'. Because, apart from its being an excellent survey of early-17th-century English and Scottish lute music, it also finds London-based Swedish lutenist Jakob Lindberg in uncommonly fine form.

Elizabeth I and Henry VIII were both famous exponents of the lute, and by the time of James I's accession to the throne in 1603, that most gentle and noble of courtly instruments had long been resident in the hearts and homes of every person of quality. Thus the lute music from this period represents some of the best ever written for the instrument. The forms may be relatively simple--dances such as the courante and galliard and variations on popular tunes--but composers such as Daniel Bacheler, Robert Johnson and the great John Dowland wielded them with genius. In addition, there were also the daringly complex fantasias to rival those written for virginals or viols. …

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