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Night Sessions / John Potter, The Dowland Project

Dowland Project / Potter,John
Release Date: 07/23/2013 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 001870102  
Composer:  SolagePierre AttaingnantJoan Ambrosio DalzaBernart de Ventadorn
Performer:  John Potter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From its inception, John Potter’s Dowland Project has drawn upon different musical traditions including those of ‘early music’ and improvisation. These “Night Sessions” emphasize the Project’s improvisational flexibility and resourcefulness, as the musicians create new music in the moment, sometimes with medieval poetry as inspirational reference and guide. There are also a number of ‘daytime’ pieces worked up, Potter notes, from small amounts of notation: ‘Menino Jesus á Lappa’ is based on Portuguese pilgrim song fragments and ‘Theoleptus 22’ built around a Byzantine chant. Lute fantasias are taken from Dalza’s Intabolatura de Lauto (Venice, 1508) and Attaignant’s Tres breve et familiere introduction…a jouer toutes chansons (Paris, Read more 1529). The oldest compositions are Can vei la lauzeta mover – a love song by the 12th century troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn, and Fumeux fume by the 14thcentury avant-gardist Solage. Two incarnations of the Dowland Project are heard here, the original band with Potter, Stephen Stubbs and John Surman joined by Barry Guy and Maya Homburger, and the revised line-up with Milos Valent on violin and viola. Read less

Works on This Recording

Fumeux Fume par fumee by Solage
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Project
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Prelude by Pierre Attaingnant
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Ricercare for Lute by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1508; Italy 
Can vei le lauzta mover by Bernart de Ventadorn
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 

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