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My Favorite Dowland / Paul O'Dette

Dowland / Odette
Release Date: 05/13/2014 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907515   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John DowlandRobert Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MY FAVORITE DOWLAND Paul O’Dette (lt) HARMONIA MUNDI 907515 (75:23)


This is a curious choice for a new album by Paul O’Dette for Harmonia Mundi. Not because there’s anything unusual about recording more Dowland, whose status as the most popular of lute composers remains unassailed. Rather, I’m surprised the company hasn’t chosen to rerelease from its vaults the “complete” Dowland for lute that O’Dette recorded for them two decades ago. It was issued at the time on five discs, and is currently available through U.S. distributors as a Read more download or through secondhand copies sold online. Perhaps they intend to reissue it, using this new release as a draw.


It’s not an unwelcome one, in any case. O’Dette is an excellent musician, with a command of both the technique and style to bring this kind of thing off easily. His knowledge of the repertoire is extensive (see above). Rather than exactly repeat himself, he’s decided to select a tuning of A=392, on a larger lute than he usually applies to Dowland, giving the darker works a greater gravitas. The famed Lachrimae is two whole tones higher on the deleted second volume of his series (Harmonia Mundi 907161); My Lady Hunnsdon’s Puffe and Walsingham (Harmonia Mundi 907162), a whole tone higher. On the whole, I prefer the earlier versions in the lighter material, such as The Right Honourable the Lady Cliftons Spirit , where the higher pitch, and stronger accenting, give the work greater energy. The heavier, more melancholy works, though, benefit from the darker coloration.


O’Dette has decided to use later versions in all 23 cuts here, including many from the 1610 Varietie of Lute Lessons issued by the composer’s son Robert, and over which Dowland himself had supervision. Which isn’t to say that these versions are any more authoritative than other performing versions, including O’Dette’s; for in an age where the score was the spirit of the law, rather than the letter, a tastefully realized performance was the goal, however much it varied according to performer, instrument, and audience. There’s literal evidence of this in his direct juxtaposition of Lachrimae, and Galliard to Lachrimae.


This is one of the best-sounding releases by O’Dette in a while. It has the closeness and lightly reverberant acoustic to bring out the full tone of his instrument that were part of his earlier Dowland series as well. Each note remains distinct, however, throwing the spotlight on the lutenist’s clean, even production and fine phrasing.


Top marks, then, and worthwhile even if Harmonia Mundi does decide to reissue all five volumes of O’Dette’s fine set.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
My Lady Hunsdons Puffe, P 54 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Shoemaker's Wife, a Toy, P 58 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
La mia Barbara, P 95 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Sir John Smith, his Almaine, P 47 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Farewell fantasia, P 3 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6.
Sir John Langton's Pavan, for lute by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
King of Denmark, his Galliard, P 40 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Frogg Galliard, P 23A by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Lachrimae Pavan, P 15 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
10.
Galliard to Lachrimae, P 46 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
11.
A Fancy, P 7 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
Farewell, P 4 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
Forlorne Hope Fancye, P 2 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14.
Can she excuse, P 42 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
15.
A coye joye, P 80 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Mrs Vauxes Gigge, P 57 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
17.
Winters Jomps, P 55 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
18.
The Right Honourable the Lady Cliftons Spirit for lute, P45 by Robert Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19.
Wallsingham, P 67 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
20.
Pavane for Lute, P 18 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
21.
Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard, P 41 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
22.
Semper Dowland semper dolens, P 9 by John Dowland
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/2012 
Venue:  Sauder Hall, Goshen College, Indiana 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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