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A Young Student in his Study, or The Smoker (c1630-33) by Pieter Codde (1599-1678)
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA68007
Recording details: April 2013
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: April 2014
Total duration: 3 minutes 8 seconds

'Sophistication and refinement inform every note of lestyn Davies and Thomas Dunford’s recital, which moves from Jacobean blockbusters such as In darkness let me dwell and Flow, my tears to the complex poetry of Time stands still. Nothing is taken for granted. I saw my lady weep is delivered with chilly hauteur, in contrast with the hot emotionalism of All ye whom Love or Fortune hath betrayed and Burst forth, my tears, and a luxuriously slow Lachrimae. Most striking is the urgency of Can she excuse my wrongs? and rhythmic flexibility in Come again, sweet love doth now invite … Sophistication and refinement inform every note of lestyn Davies and Thomas Dunford’s recital, which moves from Jacobean blockbusters such as In darkness let me dwell and Flow, my tears to the complex poetry of Time stands still. Nothing is taken for granted. I saw my lady weep is delivered with chilly hauteur, in contrast with the hot emotionalism of All ye whom Love or Fortune hath betrayed and Burst forth, my tears, and a luxuriously slow Lachrimae. Most striking is the urgency of Can she excuse my wrongs? and rhythmic flexibility in Come again, sweet love doth now invite' (BBC Music Magazine) » More
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'Iestyn Davies's voice is clear, full and plangent, with crisp diction and unassuming eloquence. (These are qualities the young lutenist Thomas Dunford has, too.) Mr. Davies saves the best for last on this disc of Dowland songs: a wrenching rendition of Now, oh now I needs must part' (The New York Times)

Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears
composer
1600; The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Mark Padmore (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
James Bowman (countertenor), David Miller (lute), The King's Consort, Mark Caudle (viol)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The tendency of singers to add quantities of ornamentation was not one that found favour with Dowland, but a tantalizing fragment of Sorrow, stay! exists in the same manuscript, including up-to-the-minute Italianate ornaments of the kind that professional singers were using in this sort of theatrical context.

from notes by Elizabeth Kenny © 2008


Other albums featuring this work
'Dowland: Awake, sweet love' (CDH55241)
Dowland: Awake, sweet love
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55241  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal' (CDA67648)
Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal

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