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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: 2 minutes 1 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)

Say, Love, if ever thou didst find
composer
1603; The Third and Last Booke of Songs and Aires, London
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Mark Padmore (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
Ian Partridge (tenor), Jakob Lindberg (lute)
James Bowman (countertenor), David Miller (lute)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The image of the moon is common to songs that touch on the symbol of the Virgin Queen (constant yet ever-changing). Whether or not Elizabeth’s razor-sharp intellect would have been taken in by the extravagance of Say, Love, if ever thou didst find (‘Say, Love, if ever thou didst find/A woman with a constant mind?’), it is a wonderful song.

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
'Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day' (CDH88011)
Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDH88011  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive Service  

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