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Unquiet thoughts
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Unlike most of his colleagues Dowland did not acknowledge the authors of his texts. It is tempting to assume he wrote at least some of them himself. Dowland opens his Firste Booke with Unquiet thoughts, which is a summary of many of his classic preoccupations: internal struggles which have disquieting echoes of the political upheavals that were never far from the collective memory in late Elizabethan England, whether to be silent or to speak the heart’s passion, and a taste for startling visual imagery that inspires dramatic musical gestures: ‘Be still, for if you ever do the like/ I’ll cut the string that makes the hammer strike.’

from notes by Elizabeth Kenny © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67648 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-64801
Duration
3'46
Recording date
7 February 2007
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal (CDA67648)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: January 2008
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