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Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

Move now with measured sound

Robin Blaze (countertenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
Recording details: January 2001
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2001
Total duration: 65 minutes 7 seconds
 
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So parted you  [2'46]
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Author of Light  [2'37]
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Poet and composer Thomas Campion was an almost exact contemporary of John Dowland, by whom his reputation has since to some extent been overshadowed. Which is a pity, because Campion's music makes an ideal complement to that of the mournful and melancholic Dowland. Rather than concerning himself with 'tears, sin, darkness and death' (quoting Grove), Campion portrayed life much more cheerfully, not to say earthly, in his many tuneful songs and instrumental pieces.

This disc worthily follows 'English Lute Songs' by these artists (CDA67126), and will give equal pleasure. Also fresh in mind is the recent 'Salve Regina' (CDA67225) for which Robin Blaze (together with The Parley of Instruments under Peter Holman) received great critical acclaim.

Awards

'BEST OF THE YEAR' (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Reviews

Robin Blaze's countertenor is ideal for these songs' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Robin Blaze … sings with an effortless ease and tonal beauty capable of delighting in lighter songs, but also affecting the heart in a more intense utterance such as 'The cypress curtain of the night', one of Campion's greatest songs' (Goldberg)
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