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Track(s) taken from CDH55241
Recording details: February 1990
Tudeley Church, Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom
Produced by Robert King & Ben Turner
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: March 1991
Total duration: 2 minutes 5 seconds

'Restores a dimension of beauty that is often sacrificed in present day performances … happy the family that spent its leisure hours with this music, and happy the owner of this disc' (The Good CD Guide)

'James Bowman’s usual ease of tone is in full evidence here. He gives us meltingly sweet, gorgeous, resonant high notes, and fluidity of vocal line. Meanwhile, David Miller’s lute playing is sensitive and agile. Whether pleading for God’s redemption or wooing a lover, both singer and lutenist capture the word painting which is such a feature and strength of these songs. This is one to savour' (bbc.co.uk)

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)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Dunford (lute)
Ian Partridge (tenor), Jakob Lindberg (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: 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  
'Dowland: The Art of Melancholy' (CDA68007)
Dowland: The Art of Melancholy
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 96 kHz £12.00ALAC 24-bit 96 kHz £12.00 CDA68007  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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