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Dowland - A Game Of Mirrors / David Chevallier

Dowland
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Carpe Diem   Catalog #: 16302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousJohn Dowland
Performer:  David ChevallierAnne MagouëtBruno Helstroffer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



DOWLAND Clear or Cloudy; In darkness let me dwell. DOWLAND (arr. Chevallier) Flow my tears; Can she excuse; Come again; I saw my lady weep; Come away; All ye, whom Love or Fortune; The lowest trees have tops. TRAD. (arr. Chevallier) The Willow Song Anne Magouët (s); David Chevallier (gtr, theorbo); Bruno Helstroffer (theorbo) CARPE DIEM 16302 (55:27) Read more


From the beginning, I was doubtful about this project, in which classical guitarist David Chevallier essentially rewrites Dowland. But he has done this kind of thing before, with Gesualdo in a project he calls Gesualdo Variations. For many of us, Dowland needs no revisions, additions, or radical reinterpretations. Yet I find Chevalier’s disc extremely appealing, his re-harmonizations of Dowland (mainly in the accompaniments) always musical as well as intriguing, his extensions of those pieces by improvised (or perhaps previously written) musings on Dowland’s melodies valuable in themselves. And although Chevalier also adapts some of the rhythms, the result is in no way jazz: His project has little in common with Jacques Loussier’s transformation of Bach melodies into 4/4 swing.


It helps that he accompanies a singer with a lovely, full-bodied voice, a singer who is generally faithful to what Dowland wrote and yet is never shaken by the perambulations of her accompaniment. Chevallier seems to have been drawn to Dowland, as are most of us, by the lovely, lyrical, melancholy melodies. So those melodies are presented largely intact with varying levels of reharmonization beneath them. In certain cases, as in Can she excuse, the revised accompaniment helps to reveal and dramatize the disturbed mental state of the singer, whose lover is unfaithful, and who asserts “Better a thousand times to die/Than for to live thus still tormented.” This disc is an unexpected pleasure.


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Works on This Recording

1.
The Willow Song (a.k.a. "The Willow", "The Poor Soul Sat Sighing", "Willow, Willow") by Anonymous
Performer:  David Chevallier (Theorbo), Anne Magouët (), Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 21, Cleare or cloudie sweet as April showring by John Dowland
Performer:  Anne Magouët (), David Chevallier (Theorbo), Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo), David Chevallier (Guitar), Anne Magouët (),
David Chevallier (Theorbo)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo), Anne Magouët (), David Chevallier (Theorbo),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 17, Come againe, sweet love doth now envite by John Dowland
Performer:  Anne Magouët (), David Chevallier (Theorbo), Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 1, I saw my lady weepe by John Dowland
Performer:  David Chevallier (Theorbo), Anne Magouët (), Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 11, Come away, come sweet love by John Dowland
Performer:  Anne Magouët (), David Chevallier (Theorbo), Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 14, All ye whom love or fortune by John Dowland
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo), David Chevallier (Guitar), Anne Magouët (),
David Chevallier (Theorbo)
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 19, The lowest trees have tops by John Dowland
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo), David Chevallier (Guitar), Anne Magouët (),
David Chevallier (Theorbo)
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
In darkness let mee dwell by John Dowland
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo), David Chevallier (Theorbo), Anne Magouët (),
David Chevallier (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Willow Song (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 2: Clear or cloudy sweet as April showering (arr. D. Chevallier for voice and 2 theorbos)
Book of Songs, Book 2: Flow my tears (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 1: Can she excuse my wrongs (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 1: Come again, sweet love doth now invite (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 2: I saw my lady weep (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 1: Come away, come sweet love (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 1: All ye whom love or fortune hath betrayed (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 3: The lowest trees have tops (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)
Book of Songs, Book 4, "A Pilgrimes Solace": In Darkness Let Me Dwell (arr. D. Chevallier for voice, guitar and theorbo)

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