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Forlorn Hope Fancy

Hodgson,Rosemary
Release Date: 12/08/2008 
Label:  Abc Classics   Catalog #: 4763175   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John JohnsonThomas RobinsonAlfonso FerraboscoGiovanni Kapsberger,   ... 
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A sensitive response to the poetry of Renaissance lute music.

A first reaction on seeing the programme of Rosemary Hodgson’s recital disc was to think how very miscellaneous it was - mixing English and Italian music, having no very apparent chronological, geographical or other kind of unity. Reading the lutenist’s own booklet notes one realises that she is well aware of this miscellaneous quality and that it is, indeed, intrinsic to the whole undertaking.

Hodgson uses an analogy with the surviving manuscript lute books of the period - personal collections in which amateurs (in every sense) of the lute would copy out pieces which held a special value for them, perhaps pieces that had particular
Read more associations or related to their own travels and studies, or perhaps, quite simply, pieces they thought were of especial beauty. Some such lute books might include music by the compiler’s friends and associates, or by the compiler himself; but they might just as readily include compositions whose sources lay some distance away in time and place. Like the contemporary miscellanies of verse, such manuscript collections are not only of great value as a source for later students and performers; they can also, at their best, be resonant (if implicit) statements about the sensibility of the person who assembled them - often over a period of years - an insight into the particular tastes of an individual some centuries ago.

Rosemary Hodgson says of this programme that it “is an aural equivalent of a renaissance lute book” and tells us that she has chosen pieces which “have a particular resonance “ for her as a musician - and therefore as a human being, one might add. “I adore all of them; they are like a collection of jewels that I have carried with me and shared with audiences”.

As “compiler” as well as performer, we are certainly given an insight into Rosemary Hodgson’s sensibility when we listen to this thoroughly enjoyable CD. It is a sensibility which responds with particular potency to the ‘private’ and delicate dimensions of the lute and its repertoire, which is especially responsive to the subtle poetry of the repertoire. It is, conversely, a musical sensibility less perfectly attuned to the more robust, more ‘popular’, dimension of the Renaissance canon of lute music.

As such, Hodgson’s playing is at its most utterly convincing - and its loveliest - in pieces such as Johnson’s Passamezzo Pavan, with its elegiac descending runs and its counterbalancing hints of renewal in its ascending phrases. Here Hodgson finds and articulates emotional and musical patterns with an exquisite clarity. Her performance of Byrd’s arrangement of Will Ye Walk the Woods So Wild? is taken more slowly than usual and brings out a gentle melancholy that is often missed. In Dowland’s Forlorn Hope Fancy - which gives her collection its title - Hodgson handles the complex counterpoint with unfussy assurance and, characteristically, her playing evokes to something like perfection the oxymoronic qualities of the piece’s title ‘forlorn hope’, exuding a real sense of, on the one hand, human grief and the sense of hopelessness and, on the other, the resilient clinging on to the possibility of restoration and rebirth. It is a very characteristic Elizabethan nexus of feeling and attitude, captured to perfection by Dowland in this piece and very perceptively performed by an obviously accomplished lutenist.

Perhaps, to offer some slight reservations, Rosemary Hodgson is a little less convincing when it comes to pieces such as Johnson’s Carman’s Whistle - attributed here to father John rather than son Robert - where her playing is so refined that the theme’s origins in the streets and the stables is more or les forgotten - a little more vulgarity wouldn’t have gone amiss here!

On the whole, however, this is playing of real subtlety and of real sensitivity; Hodgson eschews the merely showy and her virtues grow on one increasingly with repeated listenings.

-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International 

Tracklist:
Forlorn Hope Fancy
John DOWLAND (1562-1626)
Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe [1:35]
John JOHNSON (fl.1579-1594)
Passamezzo Pavan [2:53]
Thomas ROBINSON (fl.1589-1609)
A Gigue [2:12]
John DOWLAND
A Fancy [2:57]
John JOHNSON
Carman’s Whistle [2:18]
Alfonso FERRABOSCO I (1543-1588)
Pavin 6 [3:35]
Thomas ROBINSON  
Go from my Window [2:18]
Robert JOHNSON (c.1582-1633)
Alman [1:11]
Michelangelo GALILEI (1575-1631)
Toccata [2:05] Volta I [1:22] Volta II [1:38] Volta III [1:34]
John DOWLAND
Fortune [2:32]
Girolamo KAPSPERGER (c.1580-1651)
Galliarda [1:22]
Alfonso FERRABOSCO I
Fantasia [4:36]
Vincenzo CAPIROLA (1474-post 1548)
Balletto [1:26]
Francesco da MILANO (1497-1543)
Ricercar [1:59]
Joan Ambrosio DALZA (fl.1508)
Pavana alla venetiana [1:16]
Saltarello [1:27]
Piva [1:08]
ANONYMOUS (arr. William Byrd)
Will Ye Walk the Wood So Wild? [5:53]
Alfonso FERRABOSCO I/ FRANCIS CUTTING (fl.1571-1596)
Galliard [1:44]
John DOWLAND
The Right Honourable Ferdinando Earle of Derby, his Galliard [2:11] Forlorn Hope Fancy [3:58]
Alessandro PICCININI (1566-c.1638)
Chiaccona Mariona alla vera Spagnola [5:10]
Rosemary Hodgson (lute)
rec. 15-16 August and 15-16 September, 2007, Iwaki Auditorium, Southbank Centre, Melbourne

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Works on This Recording

1.
Passamezzo Pavan by John Johnson
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
A Gigue (29) by Thomas Robinson
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Carman's Whistle by John Johnson
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Pavan by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Go from my Window by Thomas Robinson
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Galliarde for lute No. 4 (from Book 1 of D'Intavolatura di Lauto) by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
7.
Fantasia à 4 by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Balletto by Vincenzo Capirola
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
9.
Work(s): Ricercar by Francesco Canova da Milan
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
Pavana alla veneziana by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1508; Italy 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
11.
Saltarello, for lute by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1508 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Piva by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13.
Will Ye Walk the Woods So Wild?, ballad for lute by Anonymous
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
14.
Galliard by Francis Cutting
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
15.
Chiacona mariona alla vera Spagnola, for lute by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Alman for lute by Robert Johnson
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1600-1615; England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
17.
Toccata for lute in F major by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 16th Century 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
18.
La Volta for guitar by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
19.
Volta for lute No. 2 (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
20.
Volta for lute No. 3 (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
21.
My Lady Hunsdons Puffe, P 54 by John Dowland
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
22.
A Fancy, P 73 by John Dowland
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
23.
Fortune, P 62 by John Dowland
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
24.
Ferdinando, Earle of Derby, his Galliard, P 44 by John Dowland
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
25.
Forlorne Hope Fancye, P 2 by John Dowland
Performer:  Rosemary Hodgson (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Iwaki Auditorium, Australian Broadcastin 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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