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I must complain

1603; The Third and Last Booke of Songs and Aires, London; first verse from MS439, Christ Church Oxford
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I must complain in Christ Church MS439—a ‘Dowland’ text set to music by someone else—is heavily ornamented. We have recorded the first verse of this manuscript version followed by Dowland’s complete setting (from the Third and Last Booke, 1603), to give an idea of the kinds of vocal technique cultivated by at least some of the performers who bought Dowland’s books. Sometimes this freedom collides with his music, at other times perhaps it enhances it.

from notes by Elizabeth Kenny © 2008

I must complain (Christ Church MS439)—un texte de «Dowland» mis en musique par quelqu’un d’autre—présente une ornementation chargée. Nous avons enregistré le premier couplet de la version du manuscrit avant la mouture complète de Dowland (tirée du Third and Last Booke, 1603) pour donner une idée des types de techniques vocales cultivées au moins par certains des interprètes qui achetaient ses recueils. Une telle liberté pouvait heurter sa musique mais aussi, pourquoi pas, la rehausser.

extrait des notes rédigées par Elizabeth Kenny © 2008
Français: Hypérion

I must complain („Der Klage voll“) aus dem Christ-Church-Manuskript MS439—ein „Dowland“-Text, der von jemand anders vertont wurde—ist stark verziert. Wir haben die erste Strophe dieser Manuskriptfassung aufgenommen und dann Dowlands vollständige Vertonung (aus dem Third and Last Booke, 1603) hinzugefügt, um eine Vorstellung von den unterschiedlichen Gesangspraxen zu vermitteln, die zumindest von einigen der Interpreten gepflegt wurden, die Dowlands Bände kauften. Manchmal stößt sich die Freiheit an seiner Musik, dann gibt es wiederum Momente, wo sie sie vielleicht bereichert.

aus dem Begleittext von Elizabeth Kenny © 2008
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal


Track 18 on CDA67648 [4'50]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67648 track 18

Recording date
7 February 2007
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal (CDA67648)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: January 2008
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