Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell
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John Dowland (1563-1626) was part of a "cult of melancholy" in England and much of Europe, at about the time Shakespeare wrote his last and greatest, most haunting plays, and that brooding music may have been very influential. Here it is played on contemporary instruments including the sax, bass clarinet, violin and lute. So postmodern. Don't let iTunes fool you with that "traditional": the composer of these is John Dowland, all performed by the Dowland Project with John Potter providing voice, John Surman bass clarinet and sax, Gary Buy bass, S. Stubbs lute, and Maia (or Maya?) Homburger violin.
Teeming with sublime Melancholy
A mix of sublime vocals that encapsulate the feeling of an amazing writer and musician who longed for success yet always came up short. Downland’s career was successful in that he was a the king’s lute in the court in Denmark, but he never really achieved his goal of being the top musician in England’s court. His lyrics could stand alone as poetry; with the music added it transcends. This is a wonderful and fresh take on his work and true to the feeling of it.
Born: April 22, 1947 in London, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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