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Honey From The Hive - Dowland: Songs / Kirkby, Rooley


Release Date: 02/28/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1475   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Dowland
Performer:  Emma KirkbyAnthony Rooley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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DOWLAND Can shee excuse. O sweet woods. It was a time. I saw my lady weepe. Flow my teares. Sorrow stay. Dye not before thy day. Mourne, mourne, day is with darknesse. Fine knacks for ladies. Farewell too faire. Time stands still. Behold a wonder here. Daphne was not so chaste. Me me and none but me. When Phoebus first did Daphne love. Say love if ever thou didst find. His golden locks. Time’s eldest sonne. Farre from triumphing Court Emma Kirkby (sop); Anthony Rooley (lt) BIS 1475 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 65:22 & )


For the neophyte, this is an ideal introduction to the songs of John Dowland, and it should greatly please those who have already been beguiled by the composer. The songs here are grouped by patron, suggesting that Dowland wrote rather differently for each. Anthony Rooley, in his liner notes, asserts that the items for the Earl of Essex “are a consummation of the egoism that was [the earl’s] downfall”; this seems a bit much to make of “Can shee excuse,” “O sweet woods,” and “It was a time.” Yet there’s no denying that Dowland’s songs for Lucy, Countess of Bedford, are among the most exquisite selections from a catalog full of haunting works. Writes Rooley, “Her namesake, St. Lucy, had her eyes gouged out by some heathen in the second century A.D.—and young Lucy had the wit and effrontery to use this as an artistic ‘persona,’ encouraging songs about eyes, tears, darkness. Hers was an Hermetic symbolism, arcane and for the cognoscenti, but powerful in its intensity, and a true source of inspiration for John Dowland.” This set includes the justly famous, famously dolorous “Flow my teares,” which is a measure of the quality and sensitivity of Dowland’s settings for Lucy.


Emma Kirkby has been singing this sort of music for a good long time now. Her voice remains youthful, but it’s a bit more weighty, and she’s allowing more variety of color than in the early days; tasteful vibrato is also a more common ornament than before. Kirkby is not as animated in this kind of material as, say, Custer LaRue, but she is English, after all, and within the parameters of British taste, she is sensitive to the text. Rooley is a reliable, supportive, perhaps deferential accompanist. He’s always been best as a partner rather than as a soloist, so he’s definitely in his element here.


BIS, as always in small-scale music, provides attractive surround-sound sonics; the listener’s perspective is from halfway back a small but resonant hall, perhaps just a bit too distant to display the lute to its best advantage, but certainly not drowning it in reverberation.


FANFARE: James Reel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 18, It was a time when silly bees could speak by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 1, I saw my lady weepe by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 3, Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 12, Fine knacks for ladies by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 2, Time stands still by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 3, Behold a wonder here by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 5, Me, me and none but me by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 6, When Phoebus first did Daphne love by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Say love if ever thou ditst find, D 58 by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 18, His golden locks time hath to silver turnd by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 6, Times eldest sonne by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Farre from triumphing court by John Dowland
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Anthony Rooley (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Anthony Rooley (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Book of Songs, Book 1: Can she excuse my wrongs: Can shee excuse
Book of Songs, Book 2: O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness: O sweet woods
Book of Songs, Book 3: It was a time when silly bees could speak: It was a time
Book of Songs, Book 2: I saw my lady weep: I saw my lady weepe
Book of Songs, Book 2: Flow, my tears, fall from your springs: Flow my teares
Book of Songs, Book 2: Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears: Sorrow stay
Book of Songs, Book 2: Die not before thy day: Dye not beefore thy day
Book of Songs, Book 2: Mourn, mourn, day is with darkness fled: Mourne, mourne, day is with darknesse
Book of Songs, Book 2: Fine knacks for ladies: Fine knacks for ladies
Book of Songs, Book 3: Farewell, too fair: Farewell too faire
Book of Songs, Book 3: Time stands still: Time stands still
Book of Songs, Book 3: Behold a wonder here: Behold a wonder here
Book of Songs, Book 3: Daphne was not so chaste as she was changing: Daphne was not so chaste
Book of Songs, Book 3: Me, me and none but me: Me me and none but me
Book of Songs, Book 3: When Phoebus first did Daphne love: When Phoebus first did Daphne love
Book of Songs, Book 3: Say, Love, if ever thou didst find: Say love if ever thou didst find
Book of Songs, Book 1: His golden locks Time hath to silver turned: His golden locks
Book of Songs, Book 2: Time's eldest son: Time's eldest sonne
Book of Songs, Book 4: "A Pilgrimes Solace": Far from triumphing court: Farre from triumphing Court

Customer Reviews

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 Sweet singing of newer issues from Dowland, by Em November 14, 2012 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "Here are 19 pieces of honey, music and texts are lovely and played in a stately and warmhearted manner." Report Abuse
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