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Remembrance Of Things Past

Dowland / Croton
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7341   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter CrotonJohn Dowland
Performer:  Theresia BothePeter CrotonDerek Lee Ragin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Croton is a fine lutenist, with an acute ear for color, and he possesses a strong technique. Singer Theresia Bothe gives this project even greater resonance.

This is an unusual offering, and it’s very far from a conventional single disc survey of Dowland’s music, either for lute or voice. Instead it offers recreationist possibilities and a more curious interplay between his music and that of the performer-composer Peter Croton who has been inspired by it. He has arranged a number of Dowland’s songs for lute, Croton’s own instrument, and there are several of his own compositions as well.

Croton is a fine lutenist, with an acute ear for colour, and he possesses a strong technique. He’s not as zesty or
Read more tangy a performer as is, say, Nigel North, whose own performance of the Preludium, with which Croton starts the programme (authentic, unmediated Dowland) is more vital. For the ‘arrangements’ Croton is careful to vary the possibilities for contrast – stating the theme on the lute, for instance, before the voice enters, or introducing solo lute B sections. This last device is something he employs extensively in Now, O now I needs must part which is the longest setting. Whereas a long introductory lute solo prefaces the song proper in Time stands still.

What gives this project even greater resonance is the chosen singer, Theresia Bothe. Her voice continues the theme of cross-current enshrined in the disc; it embodies elements of classical purity in places but also has a decided folk influence more commonly to be found among the Waterson and Wainwright clans. This is deliberate of course, the better to inflect these arrangements with a sense of intimacy, though whether it actually succeeds in transmuting – or limiting – the original source material from the Books of Songs is very much a matter of taste. I find it often very effective but sometimes a failure. Time stands still is a case in point, where the emotive quality is curiously stunted.

Croton’s own compositions occupy an equally modern ground, one akin to music theatre, which is how Bothe delivers Remembrance of things past. For the three remaining songs Derek Lee Ragin joins Croton. Again the music is Broadway orientated, intriguingly so given the ensemble involved. Do I detect however, in Croton’s writing and playing, hints of the oud in the exotic Rumi setting, giving it an even greater sense of place? Ragin by the way seldom uses his counter-tenor, singing pretty consistently in his lower voice.

So this is a somewhat out of the way disc, pursuing a very individual slant on Dowland, and succeeding more often than not.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rememberance of things past, for voice & lute by Peter Croton
Performer:  Theresia Bothe (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute)
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
While you here do snoring lie, for lute & voice by Peter Croton
Performer:  Theresia Bothe (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute)
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
The Waking, for lute & 2 voices by Peter Croton
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Derek Lee Ragin (Voice), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Quietness, for lute & 2 voices by Peter Croton
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Derek Lee Ragin (Voice), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Now, O now I needs must part, for lute & 2 voices by Peter Croton
Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Preludium, P 98 by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 13, Sleepe wayward thoughts by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 4, Dye not before thy day by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 7, Say love if ever thou didst find by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 6, Now, o now, I needs must part by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 9, Go, crystall teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Theresia Bothe (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12.
Third and Last Booke of Songes or Aires: no 2, Time stands still by John Dowland
Performer:  Theresia Bothe (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1603; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 12, Fine knacks for ladies by John Dowland
Performer:  Theresia Bothe (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
14.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 3, Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
15.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 18, His golden locks time hath to silver turnd by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
16.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
17.
What if a day, P 79 by John Dowland
Performer:  Peter Croton (Lute), Theresia Bothe (Voice)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
18.
Firste Booke of Songes: no 20, Come, heavy sleepe by John Dowland
Performer:  Theresia Bothe (Voice), Peter Croton (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Venue:  Basel City Studios, Switzerland 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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