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English Lute Songs / Robin Blaze, Elizabeth Kenny

Album Summary

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Where the bee sucks
>Anonymous, English : Last of the Queenes Maskes for voice & lute
>Campion, Thomas : Faire, if you expect admiring
>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time stands still, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Why so pale and wan fond lover?
>Lawes, William [Composer] : He that will not love (Persuasions not to Love)
>Lawes, William [Composer] : I'm sick of love (To Sycamores)
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Fantasie for lute
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, song for voice & continuo
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Behold a wonder here, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
>Danyel, John : Rosa
>Danyel, John : Can Doleful Notes?
>Purcell, Henry : Rigadoon for harpsichord in C major, Z. 653
>Locke, Matthew : The delights of the bottle
>Reggio, Pietro : Arise, ye subterranean Winds
>Banister, John : Come unto these yellow sands
>Humfrey, Pelham : Where the bee sucks
>Banister, John : Dry those eyes
>Banister, John : Full fathom five
>Purcell, Henry : Ah! how pleasant 'tis to love, for soprano & continuo, Z. 353
>Purcell, Henry : A New Irish Tune ("Lilliburlero"), for harpsichord in G major, Z. 646
>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629
>Purcell, Henry : Fly bold rebellion (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, double chorus, strings & continuo, Z.
>Banister, John : Give me my lute
>Purcell, Henry : Still I'm wishing (from "Prophetess"), aria, Z. 627/33
>Blow, John : Lovely Salina, innocent and free
>Purcell, Henry : Sefauchi's Farewell, for harpsichord in D minor, Z. 656
>Purcell, Henry : Now does the glorious day appear (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus, violins & co
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Notes & Reviews:

'English Lute Songs' covers a variety of styles by composers such as Blow, Dowland, Campion, Lawes and Purcell, with works for voice and lute and some for lute alone. It is a disc that aims to look beyond the standard repertoire for countertenor and lute and hopefully introduce listeners to some lesser known pieces which will delight and enthrall. Robin Blaze and Elizabeth Kenny have performed these works together on the concert stage to great acclaim.

'Robin Blaze has the special ingredients to transcend any latent prejudice [of countertenors], especially in a recital as wide-ranging and intelligently programmed as this. Blaze has the means to colour his texts, not just with superior diction, but timbral variation to keep the listener hearing each song afresh ...There are too many highlights to list ... superb. Another fine achievement from two of Britain's brightest and best.' (Gramophone)

'Robin Blaze has the versatility and range of nuances needed to encompass such an eclectic repertoire and the precision of focus in his limpid countertenor makes even a trifle like The delights of the bottle an invigorating experience ... An enterprising recital disc.' (International Record Review)

'I so admire Robin Blaze. He possesses an entirely natural sounding instrument, a polished technique, a subtle refined musicianship. Here, with his delicately soft timbres, he draws us into the world of each piece ... The most delightful and intoxicating experience ... I was entranced.' (Gramophone Early Music)

'Shows the development of English song during the 17th century as well as acting as a superb vehicle for these two wonderfully talented musicians' (The Independent)

'A fine choice from the 17th century, well suiting Robin Blaze's wonderfully expressive voice' (Early Music Today)

'Rising young countertenor in a programme he was born to sing...a lute song "natural"' (Classic CD)

'Can be recommended without reservation ... the wonderful 'By beauteous softness', from Queen Mary's Birthday Ode of 1689, given this performance, I could quite easily listen to for ever ... There's a remarkable technical ease and innate literary intelligence about Blaze's singing which together with the astounding beauty of his voice makes this one of the most outstanding recitals of its kind on disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Wonderfully performed ... Among the new generation of countertenors, Robin Blaze is the genuine article. Blaze [has] poised intensity, unswerving intelligence and sensitivity to the sheer, melting beauty of his instrument' (BBC Music Magazine)



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Works Details

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Full fathom five
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1611

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Where the bee sucks
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1660

>Anonymous, English : Last of the Queenes Maskes for voice & lute
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.

>Campion, Thomas : Faire, if you expect admiring
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1610

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time stands still, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1603

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Why so pale and wan fond lover?
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : He that will not love (Persuasions not to Love)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : I'm sick of love (To Sycamores)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Fantasie for lute
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, song for voice & continuo
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1648

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Behold a wonder here, for voice, lute & bass viol (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1603

>Danyel, John : Rosa
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Danyel, John : Can Doleful Notes?
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Purcell, Henry : Rigadoon for harpsichord in C major, Z. 653
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Locke, Matthew : The delights of the bottle
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Reggio, Pietro : Arise, ye subterranean Winds
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.

>Banister, John : Come unto these yellow sands
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Humfrey, Pelham : Where the bee sucks
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Banister, John : Dry those eyes
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Banister, John : Full fathom five
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Ah! how pleasant 'tis to love, for soprano & continuo, Z. 353
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1688

>Purcell, Henry : A New Irish Tune ("Lilliburlero"), for harpsichord in G major, Z. 646
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Purcell, Henry : Fairy Queen, Z 629 :: 'Tis N
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1692

>Purcell, Henry : Fly bold rebellion (Welcome Ode for Charles II), for soloists, double chorus, strings & continuo, Z.
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683

>Banister, John : Give me my lute
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Still I'm wishing (from "Prophetess"), aria, Z. 627/33
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Blow, John : Lovely Salina, innocent and free
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Sefauchi's Farewell, for harpsichord in D minor, Z. 656
  • Performer: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Now does the glorious day appear (Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday), for soloists, chorus, violins & co
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Lute); Robin Blaze (Countertenor)
  • Notes: 04/21/1999-04/23/1999
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689