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Original Masters - Julian Bream Plays Dowland & Bach


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001134302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John DowlandJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian BreamFrieda LitschauerBeatrice ReichertErnst Knava,   ... 
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bream’s enthusiasm and missionary zeal...

This welcome reissue as part of DG’s Original Masters series comes as a celebration of Bream’s 75th birthday and a timely reminder of just how wide-ranging his performing repertoire actually was. It combines three Westminster LPs from the 1950s and the excellent production values of this set include nostalgic reproductions of the original LP covers. There’s also an informative essay by Tully Potter on Bream’s early career.

The solo Dowland items comprise a well-chosen programme of contrasting items, with Dowland’s lighter side well represented in addition to his more characteristic serious pieces. Bream captures equally well the sublime desolation of Lachrimae
Read more Antiquae Pavan or Forlorne Hope Fancy as the dance-based items such as Mrs Vaux’s Gigge. Bream is also adept in the larger scale pieces at delineating the structure over a longer timespan; here his virtues of clear rhythmic articulation, dynamic contrast and an ability to clarify the music’s contrasting strands are used to great effect.

These virtues are equally in evidence in the solo Bach items on the second disc. Some items are played on the guitar, some are transposed; here there is a palpable sense of discovery and exploration, and the music gives Bream free rein to demonstrate his already formidable virtuosity. Here and in the Dowland items the closely-miked sound-picture, while creating a proper feeling of intimacy between performer and listener, can also occasionally give an impression of heavier playing here than was perhaps the case in reality; certainly his later RCA LPs of the same repertoire do not suffer in this respect.

The selection of Dowland Ayres are, I’m afraid, really something of a historical curiosity; interesting as an example of historical performance practice but nowadays sounding rather redolent of the church choir at the vicar’s tea party. The Golden Age Singers comprised five well-known oratorio singers of the day; the group was at the forefront of the early music revival in the 1950s. The performers make an effort to tone down their voices to an intimate scale, and blend well as a group; they obviously are familiar with working together. I suspect some older collectors may have a soft spot for these recordings; I’ll stick with Emma Kirkby et al.

It’s a pity that room could not be found for all or part of Bream’s 1955 10” disc of Dowland songs with Peter Pears, which is mentioned in the booklet; the partnership was very significant both to Bream as a performer and in the revival of interest in Dowland’s music at the time. Perhaps space and/or copyright issues prevented this?

More recent performers have perhaps brought greater technical security to the music, with improved sound quality; the great thing about these recordings is Bream’s enthusiasm and the missionary zeal he brings to the performances.

-- Ewan McCormick, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard, P 41 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae by John Dowland
Performer:  Frieda Litschauer (Tenor Viola da gamba), Beatrice Reichert (Alto Viola da gamba), Ernst Knava (Bass Viola da gamba),
Julian Bream (Lute), Edith [viola da gamba] Steinbauer (Treble Vla da gamba), Beatrice Reichert (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Mrs Whittes Nothing, P 56 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Mrs Vauxes Gigge, P 57 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5.
Farewell (An In Nomine) by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6.
Orlando sleepeth, P 61 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Fantasia for Lute by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
King of Denmark, his Galliard, P 40 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9.
Mellancholy Galliard, P 25 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
My Lady Hunsdons Puffe, P 54 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11.
Semper Dowland semper dolens, P 9 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Allemande by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Sir Henry Umptons Funerall by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
14.
Forlorne Hope Fancye, P 2 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
15.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 11, If fluds of teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), John Whitworth (Countertenor), Rene Soames (Tenor),
Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
16.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 13, Sleepe wayward thoughts by John Dowland
Performer:  Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Rene Soames (Tenor), John Whitworth (Countertenor),
Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
17.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 19, Awake, sweet love by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Julian Bream (Lute), John Whitworth (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
18.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 7, Deare if you change Ill never chuse againe by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), John Whitworth (Countertenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Julian Bream (Lute), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
19.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 13, O what hath overwrought by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), John Whitworth (Countertenor), Julian Bream (Lute),
Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Gordon Clinton (Baritone)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
20.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 5, Shall I strive with wordes to move by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), John Whitworth (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
21.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 8, Flow not so fast yee fountaines by John Dowland
Performer:  Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Ernst Knava (Bass Viola da gamba), Beatrice Reichert (Alto Viola da gamba),
Rene Soames (Tenor), Frieda Litschauer (Tenor Viola da gamba), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano),
John Whitworth (Countertenor), Edith [viola da gamba] Steinbauer (Treble Vla da gamba), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
22.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 21, Away with these self-loving lads by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute), John Whitworth (Countertenor), Rene Soames (Tenor),
Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Gordon Clinton (Baritone)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
23.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 21, Come when I call by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), John Whitworth (Countertenor), Ernst Knava (Bass Viola da gamba),
Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Julian Bream (Lute), Elizabeth Osborn (Soprano),
Frieda Litschauer (Tenor Viola da gamba), Edith [viola da gamba] Steinbauer (Treble Vla da gamba), Beatrice Reichert (Alto Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
24.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 12, Rest awhile you cruell cares by John Dowland
Performer:  Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Rene Soames (Tenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Julian Bream (Lute), John Whitworth (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
25.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 4, If my complaints could passions move by John Dowland
Performer:  John Whitworth (Countertenor), Julian Bream (Lute), Rene Soames (Tenor),
Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
26.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 8, Burst forth my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Julian Bream (Lute), John Whitworth (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
27.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 22, Humour say what makst thou heere by John Dowland
Performer:  Beatrice Reichert (Alto Viola da gamba), Frieda Litschauer (Tenor Viola da gamba), John Whitworth (Countertenor),
Rene Soames (Tenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Julian Bream (Lute),
Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Ernst Knava (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
28.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Rene Soames (Tenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone), John Whitworth (Countertenor),
Julian Bream (Lute), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
29.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 18, His golden locks time hath to silver turnd by John Dowland
Performer:  Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Rene Soames (Tenor),
John Whitworth (Countertenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
30.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 7, Stay time a while thy flying by John Dowland
Performer:  Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Rene Soames (Tenor), John Whitworth (Countertenor),
Gordon Clinton (Baritone), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
31.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 19, The lowest trees have tops by John Dowland
Performer:  Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), John Whitworth (Countertenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Rene Soames (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
32.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 1, Unquiet thoughts by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Rene Soames (Tenor),
John Whitworth (Countertenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
33.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 9, Praise blindnesse eies, for seeing is deceipt by John Dowland
Performer:  John Whitworth (Countertenor), Rene Soames (Tenor), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Julian Bream (Lute)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
34.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 18, My heart and tongue were twinnes by John Dowland
Performer:  Frieda Litschauer (Tenor Viola da gamba), Julian Bream (Lute), Gordon Clinton (Baritone),
John Whitworth (Countertenor), Rene Soames (Tenor), Beatrice Reichert (Alto Viola da gamba),
Ernst Knava (Bass Viola da gamba), Margaret Field-Hyde (Soprano), Edith [viola da gamba] Steinbauer (Treble Vla da gamba)
Conductor:  Margaret Field-Hyde
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Golden Age Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
35.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 41 Secs. 
36.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
37.
Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
38.
Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996: 5th movement, Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
39.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
40.
Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997: 2nd movement, Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737-1741; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
41.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
42.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
43.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julian Bream (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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