Dowland: Lute music, 1

Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 1
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907160
Harmonia Mundi "Anniversary Edition" 947160

Contents:

  1. A piece without title (P 51)
  2. Pavana (Mylius, 1622)
  3. Mr. Knights galliard (P 36)
  4. My Lord Willobies wellcome home (P 66)
  5. The frogg galliard (P 23 & 23a)
  6. A fancy (P 5)
  7. My Ladie Riches galyerd (P 43a)
  8. The Lady Laitons almone (P 48)
  9. A dream - Lady Leighton's paven (P 75)
  10. Galliard (P 104)
  11. Orlando sleepeth (P 61)
  12. What if a day (P 79)
  13. Mrs. Winters jumpp (P 55)
  14. Galliard (P 35)
  15. M. Giles Hobies galiard (P 29)
  16. Dr. Cases pauen (P 12)
  17. Mellancoly galliard (P 25)
  18. Galliard (P 27)
  19. Mistris Whittes thinge (P 50)
  20. Go from my windowe (P 64)
  21. Almain (P 49)
  22. Mrs. Whites nothing (P 56)
  23. Pavan (P 18)
  24. Galliard (P 30)
  25. Farwell (P 3) (5:38)

Performers: Paul O'Dette (lute, orpharion - tracks #11-13, 20)

Playing time: 62'

Recording date: July 1994 (Boston)

Excerpts:
[5] Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8016.20 Musique de la Renaissance Music - L'Europe Musicale au XVe et XVIe siècles

John Dowland was the most prolific English composer for lute; Anthony Holborne left the next largest output. Parenthetical numbers are from the Poulton listing of Dowland lute music.

Paul O'Dette's set is clearly a landmark. The remaining volumes:

Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 2
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907161
Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 3
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907162
Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 4
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907163
Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 5
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907164

The set packaged together:

Dowland: Complete Lute Works
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 2907160/64 (5 CDs for price of 4)

And O'Dette's earlier recording:

Lute Music of John Dowland
Paul O'Dette
Astrée 7715

Another quality set:

Dowland: Complete Solo Lute Music
Jakob Lindberg
Bis 722 (3 CDs)
Dowland: Selected Lute Music
Jakob Lindberg
Bis 824

And other more recent recitals:

Dowland: Lute Music - 1
Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits
Nigel North
Naxos 8.557586
Semper Dowland semper dolens
José Miguel Moreno / Eligio Quinteiro
Glossa 920109 (2 CDs)
Dowland: Works for Lute
Massimo Lonardi
Agorà Musica 124

Finally, a couple of broader programs of English lute music by the present performer:

Robin Hood
Elizabethan Ballad Settings
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907265
The Royal Lewters
Music of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I's Favourite Lutenists
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907313

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Todd M. McComb