Crystal Tears - Dowland, Ward, Byrd, Johnson, etc / Scholl, Behr, Concerto di Viole

Album Summary

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Go crystal tears, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Ward, John : Fantasia a 6 for viols no 4 in G major
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Now, O now I needs must part, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Go, nightly cares, the enemy to rest, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
>Ward, John : Fantasia
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sorrow, come!, sacred song for soprano & 4 viols
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Semper Dowland semper dolens, pavan for lute, P 9
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Right Honourable the Lady Rich, her Gaillard (Dowland's Bells), for lute, P 43
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Have you seen but a white lily grow?
>Byrd, William : Psalmes, Sonets and Songs
>Bennet, John : Venus' Birds
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Care charming sleep
>Mando, Patrick : Like as the day
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Work(s)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time stands still, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Four Notes Pavan
>Dowland, John [Composer] : From silent night, true register of moans, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace
>Anonymous : O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe
>Mico, Richard : Fantasia a 2, for bass viol & violin
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"As impressive as he is in such repertoire as the virtuoso arias of Vivaldi and Handel, it's in these lute and consort songs (and elsewhere in folksongs) that Andreas Scholl reveals the full depth and range of his voice and artistry. In these songs, the primacy of melody--and invariably lovely melody!--wants such a voice, silver-toned, limpid, liquid, flowing as easy as breath, to celebrate its own beauty, while a different kind of virtuosity is required to attend to and convey mood and meaning of the words... If you somehow haven't yet heard Andreas Scholl, don't hesitate to begin here; without doubt the rest of his recordings will soon find their way into your library. Scholl's existing fans will need no encouragement! Highly recommended." -Classics Today (10/10)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Inevitably, Andreas Scholl gets the headline treatment, though the man himself seems very much a team player. And though there are a few quibbles with his approach to this repertory, his interaction with Concerto di Viole and lutenist Julian Behr carries great conviction. The choice of Dowland songs holds few surprises. Although Scholl's technique is unimpeachable, his tone polished beyond doubt, there's a surprising diffidence.

Dowland's melancholy may have been a genuine personality trait but the Elizabethan penchant for this most intractable of humours was also (as Scholl acknowledges) a wider social phenomenon, a fashionable affectation; and from an artist of Scholl's accomplishment, a tauter balance between demure reserve and theatricality would have been welcome. Otherwise, one runs the risk of a one - dimensional Dowland, and Scholl doesn't entirely avoids it here.

That said, the first track, 'Go crystal tears', makes for a fine opening, and in 'Go nightly cares' the dialogue between voice and viols is very impressive. The whistling in the refrain of John Bennett's 'Venus' birds' seems the wrong sort of affectation, and the portamenti in the refrain of Byrd's 'Though Amaryllis dance in green' are likewise overdone.

The gems here are the pieces by lesser - known composers, in which Scholl's reserve is perhaps less of an issue: Robert Johnson's 'Have you seen the bright lily grow?' is particularly moving, and movingly conveyed, with something of the languor of the air de cour. Concerto di Viole's contributions are stylish, and Behr is both a sensitive accompanist and a distinguished soloist (in 'Semper Dowland semper dolens'). On a bonus DVD there's a short documentary that faithfully captures the atmosphere of a recording session, in which Scholl comes across as a down-to-earth, reflective and genuinely charming person.

Gramophone Magazine
Scholl's technique is unimpeachable, his tone polished beyond doubt...

BBC Music Magazine
There is some magical singing here, and Scholl is supported by instrumental playing of rare subtlety and real finesse.

The Observer
The exquisite melancholy pervading the disc, and its companion DVD, is the perfect balm to beguile you through a wistful summer evening



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>Dowland, John [Composer] : Go crystal tears, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1597

>Ward, John : Fantasia a 6 for viols no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Now, O now I needs must part, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1597

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Go, nightly cares, the enemy to rest, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Ward, John : Fantasia
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sorrow, come!, sacred song for soprano & 4 viols
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Semper Dowland semper dolens, pavan for lute, P 9
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Right Honourable the Lady Rich, her Gaillard (Dowland's Bells), for lute, P 43
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Have you seen but a white lily grow?
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1616

>Byrd, William : Psalmes, Sonets and Songs
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1588

>Bennet, John : Venus' Birds
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1611

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Care charming sleep
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1614

>Mando, Patrick : Like as the day
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Work(s) :: A Fancy
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time stands still, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1603

>Ferrabosco (I), Alfonso : Four Notes Pavan
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : From silent night, true register of moans, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Anonymous : O Deathe, Rock Me A-Sleepe
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mico, Richard : Fantasia à 2, for bass viol & violin
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performer: Andreas Scholl (Countertenor)
  • Ensemble: Concerto di Viole
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1597