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Dowland: Lute Music Vol 2 / Nigel North


Release Date: 12/12/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557862   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John DowlandNigel North
Performer:  Nigel North
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

My colleague David Vernier rightly praised Nigel North's unhurried, sensitively inflected John Dowland interpretations on the Arcana label. Perhaps that review inspired the good folks at Naxos to sign North on for its Dowland lute works cycle! Whereas Volume 1 juxtaposed the composer's more complex fantasias with relatively lightweight dance pieces, Volume 2's predominance of pavanes and galliards generally sustains a more reflective mood throughout. Two versions of Dowland's arguably best-known work, the Lachrimae Pavane, bookend the collection, with another wistful beauty, Semper Dowland Semper Dolens (Dowland is always doleful), tacked on at the end, with plenty of lyrical gems in between. Judging North's insightful virtuosity in the Read more face of Paul O'Dette's reference edition on Harmonia Mundi invokes the old apples-versus-oranges cliché.

For the most part North favors more ruminative tempos that he discreetly adjusts in order to approximate how a singer phrases and breathes. By contrast, O'Dette is swifter and goes for larger, more rhythmically defined phrase shapes. He is less likely than North to linger over a piquant dissonance or wide interval leap. In other words, O'Dette is Artur Schnabel or Leon Fleisher to North's Wilhelm Kempff or Claudio Arrau. In the Earl of Essex Galliard, for example, O'Dette's lithe, dance-like playing deliciously points up the cross-rhythms. North's grander, more emphatically accented traversal coaxes more color out of the single lines and rolled chords. And in the aforementioned Semper Dowland, North shaves three minutes off of O'Dette's seven-and-a-half minute timing by not taking repeats. North's scholarly, extremely readable annotations and Naxos' roomy yet detailed engineering can only sweeten this disc's appeal. Highly recommended.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lachrimae Pavan, P 15 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
2.
Galliard to Lachrimae, P 46 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
3.
Pavan for Lute, P 16 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
4.
Earl of Essex, his Galliard, P 42a by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
5.
Pavane for Lute, P 18 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
6.
Mr. Giles Hobie's Galliard, P 29 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
7.
Dowland's Tears by Nigel North
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
8.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Sir Henry Umptons Funerall by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
9.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: M John Lantons Pavan by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
10.
Mr John Langton's Galliard, P 33 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
11.
Pipers Pavan, P 8 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
12.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Captaine Piper his Galiard by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
13.
Resolution, P 13 "Dowland's Adieu for Master Oliver Cromwell" by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
14.
Galliard, P 30 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
15.
Mignarda, P 34 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
16.
Lachrimae by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 
17.
Semper Dowland semper dolens, P 9 by John Dowland
Performer:  Nigel North (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (06/16/2005 - 06/19/2005) 

Sound Samples

Lachrimae Pavan: P. 15
Galliard to Lachrimae: P. 46
Pavan in G minor (P. 16): Pavan in G minor, P. 16
The Earl of Essex, his Galliard: P. 42, "Can she excuse"
Pavan in G minor (P. 18): Pavan in G minor, P. 18
Mr. Giles Hobies Galliard: M. Giles Hobie's Galliard, P. 29
Dowland's Tears (arr. N. North of I Saw My Lady Weep)
Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral (arr. for lute): Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral, H. 9 (arr. for lute)
Sir John Langton's Pavan: P. 14a
Mr Langton's Galliard: P. 33
Piper's Pavan: P. 8
Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard: P. 19
Dowland's Adieu for Master Oliver Cromwell (arr. for lute)
Galliard in G minor, P. 30
Mignarda (P. 34): Mignarda, P. 34, "Mr Henry Noel's Galliard"
Lachrimae (alternative version)
Semper Dowland semper dolens, P. 9

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