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Heavenly Love, Earthly Joy / Bream, Pears


Release Date: 01/16/2007 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 704927   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas MorleyPhilip RosseterJohn DowlandThomas Ford
Performer:  Julian BreamPeter Pears
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This reissue of two concert performances--from London's Wigmore Hall in 1963 and Conway Hall in 1969--makes delightful and frequently very compelling listening, given the superlative musical selections (22 of the period's finest songs) and the facility and inherent compatibility of the two great artists who perform them.

Reviewers of tenor Peter Pears' performances so often feel compelled to mitigate praise for his artistry with some comment about, or apology for, the voice's quality--that it's one of those "love it or hate it" voices. Nonsense. I say it's a wonderful voice, its unmistakable timbre pleasingly distinctive, its somewhat bright edge accompanied by a warm, natural, unforced, open-throated resonance. And
Read more especially in English songs, Pears was a master storyteller, shaping the musical lines with a poet's sense of textual nuance and clever inflection, often delivered with a twinkle in the eye or, especially with Dowland, a tear or two. His lovely rendition of Dowland's "Come, heavy sleep" is about as close to perfect as we'll ever hear a song sung.

Of course, Pears' partner in this recital, Julian Bream, was a master of Dowland's solo music and is more than comfortable in his significant supporting role here. Pears and Bream performed many concerts together over a period of many years, beginning around 1963 when the earliest of these tracks were recorded, and you simply can't listen to such gems as Philip Rosseter's "What then is love?", Morley's "It was a lover and his lass" and "Absence", or Dowland's "Weep you no more, sad fountains" without being grateful for this rare and rewarding partnership. The sound tends to favor the treble on some tracks, but your ear adjusts to this quickly, readily and happily attending to the singing and playing, enjoying the promise of the disc's title.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. First Booke of Ayres: Absence heere thou by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. What then is love but mourning? by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 1, I saw my lady weepe by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. If she forsake me by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 7, Deare if you change Ill never chuse againe by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Pt 1: Come phillis by Thomas Ford
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. A Pilgrimes Solace: no 7, Stay time a while thy flying by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. First Booke of Ayres: It was a lover and his lasse by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 15, Weep you no more, sad fountains by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. When Laura smiles by Philip Rosseter
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, Pt 1: Faire sweet cruell by Thomas Ford
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1607; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 19, Shall I sue, shall I seeke for grace? by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. A Pilgrimes Solace: no 2, Sweet stay a while by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. First Booke of Ayres: Who is it that this darke night by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
15. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Can she excuse my wrongs? by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 20, Come, heavy sleepe by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 15, Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my hart by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
18. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 3, Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
19. Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 19, The lowest trees have tops by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 6, Times eldest sonne by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
21. In darkness let mee dwell by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor), Julian Bream (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
22. Say love if ever thou ditst find, D 58 by John Dowland
Performer:  Julian Bream (Lute), Peter Pears (Tenor)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Absence
What Then Is Love?
I Saw My Lady Weep
If She Forsake Me
Dear, If You Change
Come, Phyllis
Stay, Time
It Was a Lover and His Lass
Weep You No More
When Laura Smiles
Fair, Sweet, Cruel
Shall I Sue?
Sweet, Stay Awhile
Who Is It?
Can She Excuse?
Come, Heavy Sleep
Wilt Thou Unkind, Thus Leave Me?
Sorrow, Stay
The Lowest Trees Have Tops
Time's Eldest Son, Old Age
In Darkness Let Me Dwell
Say, Love, If Ever Thou Did'st Find

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