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Track(s) taken from CDH55241

Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears

1600; The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres
author of text

James Bowman (countertenor), David Miller (lute), The King's Consort, Mark Caudle (viol)
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: 3 minutes 14 seconds

Other recordings available for download

Mark Padmore (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Thomas Dunford (lute)


'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)
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

La propension qu’avaient les chanteurs à ajouter quantité d’ornements n’était pas du goût de Dowland, mais un alléchant fragment de Sorrow, stay! figure dans le même manuscrit, avec les ornements italianisants alors les plus récents, de ceux que les chanteurs professionnels utilisaient dans ce genre de contexte théâtral.

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

Die Neigung der Sänger, zahlreiche Verzierungen hinzuzufügen, fand bei Dowland keinen Zuspruch. Allerdings gibt es im gleichen Manuskript ein verlockendes Fragment von Sorrow, stay! („Kummer, bleib!“), das die damals neuesten italienischen Verzierungen von der Art enthält, die Berufssänger im Rahmen solcher Theateraufführungen verwendeten.

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

Other albums featuring this work

Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal
Dowland: The Art of Melancholy
Studio Master: CDA68007Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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