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Care-Charming Sleep / Potter, Dowland Project


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 000148402   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen StubbsCypriano de RoreBenedetto FerrariGiovanni Felice Sances,   ... 
Performer:  John Potter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Modern performers often are faced with a kind of dilemma: if they choose to interpret works from previous centuries, how much do they allow their ingrained awareness of all the intervening music and attendant stylistic developments to affect their performance? Should they even try? Do they have any choice? Ears that have heard and minds that in some way have processed Beethoven, Wagner, and Schoenberg, not to mention modern pop and jazz, do not approach a performance of 17th-century music the same as a person for whom contemporary music was Monteverdi. Perhaps we are too self-consciously aware of and concerned with "authenticity" and thus rob these early pieces of their spontaneity;
Read more perhaps modern scholarship creates an isolating, elitist community of performers who guard to a fault the gates of "correctness". Is it possible that we actually can respect the older music's integrity by allowing it to breathe in a modern context, by not trying to preserve the cast of its ancient-ness but rather honoring its very survival with something of today's esthetic understanding? Although those questions must be answered by individual listeners (if not by music theorists and philosophers!), their premises at least partly reflect the attempt of the performers here to "look again at ideas of historical appropriateness and use them as a point of departure for new interpretations. . ."

Of course, as with other similar projects by producer Manfred Eicher, tenor John Potter, and various other musicians--Officium, Mnemosyne, and this disc's immediate conceptual predecessor, In Darkness Let Me Dwell--it's impossible to fit this music into any convenient category. And that's just the point: these realizations/improvisations/re-imaginings are intended to be contemporary interpretations of ancient original works, derived from the natural progression of musical ideas and customs that evolved in the centuries since Benedetto Ferrari, Robert Johnson, John Wilbye, Henry Purcell, Cipriano da Rore, and the above-mentioned Monteverdi created the works that form the basis of this program. So we have the occasional addition of John Surman's soprano saxophone or bass clarinet, or of Barry Guy's decidedly mod but always tasteful double-bass. We also hear the equally improvisatory but perfectly integrated--and yes, historically informed--baroque violin-playing of Maya Homburger and the chitarrone and baroque guitar of Stephen Stubbs.

There are more or less straightforward songs gorgeously sung by Potter (Ferrari's "Già più volte tremante", for instance) and there are instrumental pieces--several written by Stubbs. Taking a cue from manuscripts and from recent scholarship, Potter & Co. perform some works originally for several voices as solo songs with improvised instrumental parts. The repertoire selection also demonstrates stylistic changes that appeared in the 17th century relative to lute and vocal writing. This is a fascinating program that's not always thoroughly engaging--a couple of the songs go on a little long and lose us momentarily in all the dramatic ornamentation--but it's never less than sincere in its purpose, and never violates the essence and purity of the original works. The sound is demonstration-quality.

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

1.
Refrain 1 by Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Anchor che col partire by Cypriano de Rore
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1547 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry Guy.
This selection is performed twice on this CD. 
3.
Musiche varie: Già più volte tremante by Benedetto Ferrari
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1633; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 
4.
Accenti queruli by Giovanni Felice Sances
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 
5.
Refrain 2 by Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6.
Refrain 3 by Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
She loves and she confesses too, Z 413 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 
8.
Angela siete by Cherubino Busatti
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry Guy. 
9.
Care charming sleep by Robert Johnson
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1614; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy.
This selection is performed twice on this CD. 
10.
Weepe, mine eyes by John Wilbye
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 
11.
Madrigals, Book 8: Non havea Febo - Part 2, Amor dov'è la fe by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 
12.
As I walked forth by Robert Johnson
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 
13.
Have you seen but a white lily grow? by Robert Johnson
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1616; England 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  St Gerold Monastery, Vorarlberg, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Potter, Stephen Stubbs, Maya Homburger, John Surman and Barry
Guy. 

Sound Samples

Refrain 1
Ancor che col partire (violin version)
Già più volte tremante
Care-charming sleep (1st version)
Accenti queruli
Weep, weep, mine eyes
As I walked forth
Refrain 2
Refrain 3
She loves and she confesses
Angela siete
Have you seen but a bright lily grow
Refrain 4 (Amor dov'è la fe')
Care-charming sleep (2nd version)
Ancor che col partire (vocal version)

Customer Reviews

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 Fantastic July 29, 2014 By William Schneider (Yaphank, NY) See All My Reviews "This is a wonderful cd.the music is first rate as is the sound.This composer is new to me and the music played in a new style to me.A very worthwhile addition to my collection and highly recommended." Report Abuse
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