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Merry Melancholy: English Lute

Audio Samples

>Anonymous : Almain
>Robinson, Thomas : Goe from my window, for lute
>Robinson, Thomas : A Gigue (29)
>Anonymous, English : Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
>Robinson, Thomas : Spanish Pavan for lute
>Allison, Richard : Fantasia for lute
>Anonymous : Passamezzo Pavan "Passymeasures-pavin"
>Allison, Richard : Passymeasures Galliard, for lute
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Preludium, for lute, P 98
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard (The Queen's Galliard), for lute, P 97
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Right Honorable Lady Cliftons Spirit, for lute, P 45
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae, for lute, P 15
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Frog Galliard, for lute, P 23
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2
>Cutting, Francis : Galliard to Mrs Anne Markham's Pavan
>Cutting, Francis : Galliard for lute
>Cutting, Francis : Walsingham for lute
>Cutting, Francis : Packington's Pound
>Cutting, Francis : Alman
>Johnson, John : Delight Pavan for lute
>Johnson, John : Galliard to Delight for lute
>Johnson, John : Galliard
>Rosseter, Philip : Galliard no 3 of the Countess of Sussex, for lute
>Rosseter, Philip : A Fantasia, for lute (Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book, 37)

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Almain
>Robinson, Thomas : Goe from my window, for lute
>Robinson, Thomas : A Gigue (29)
>Anonymous, English : Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
>Robinson, Thomas : Spanish Pavan for lute
>Allison, Richard : Fantasia for lute
>Anonymous : Passamezzo Pavan "Passymeasures-pavin"
>Allison, Richard : Passymeasures Galliard, for lute
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Preludium, for lute, P 98
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard (The Queen's Galliard), for lute, P 97
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Right Honorable Lady Cliftons Spirit, for lute, P 45
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae, for lute, P 15
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Frog Galliard, for lute, P 23
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2
>Cutting, Francis : Galliard to Mrs Anne Markham's Pavan
>Cutting, Francis : Galliard for lute
>Cutting, Francis : Walsingham for lute
>Cutting, Francis : Packington's Pound
>Cutting, Francis : Alman
>Johnson, John : Delight Pavan for lute
>Johnson, John : Galliard to Delight for lute
>Johnson, John : Galliard
>Rosseter, Philip : Galliard no 3 of the Countess of Sussex, for lute
>Rosseter, Philip : A Fantasia, for lute (Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book, 37)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The concept of "melancholy" held a special place in English art of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Rather than being considered depressive mental condition, it was seen as a deeply poetic element of soaring ecstasy with the power to inspire even bigger, even better deeds. It is no surprise that the subject of "melancholy" came to characterize much of the English music for lute, and the inspiration for much complex and colorful music. Joyful dances, contrapuntal fantasies, and pavanes which luxuriate in chromaticism are all to be found here. Only the most beautiful, haunting works were chosen for this recording.

This is the first CD of a series that will feature the complete oeuvre for solo piano by Robert Schumann. So far there is no truly complete recording of Schumann's complete piano oeuvre, although a few presume to bear this title. Florian Uhlig's interpretations are based on the new critical edition of Schumann's piano works, and will result in recordings of many pieces that have never-before-been-available on LP or CD. Florian Uhlig is one of the most distinguished young pianists. German music critic Joachim Kaiser wrote of Uhligh's recent Beethoven "Variations" CD: "His playing is characterized by wit and spirituality and deep involvement with each piece's structure. His interpretations can compete with the best available."

Gramophone Magazine
Held's interpretations are steady but subtly phrased, sparingly ornamented and never indulge in extremes of tempo or rubato. With this recording Held offers us fresh insights into the soundscape of private music-making in the late Elizabethan era.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009).



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Almain
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Robinson, Thomas : Goe from my window, for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Robinson, Thomas : A Gigue (29)
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous, English : Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Robinson, Thomas : Spanish Pavan for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Allison, Richard : Fantasia for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Passamezzo Pavan "Passymeasures-pavin"
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Allison, Richard : Passymeasures Galliard, for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Preludium, for lute, P 98
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Queene Elizabeth, her Galliard (The Queen's Galliard), for lute, P 97
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1626

>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Right Honorable Lady Cliftons Spirit, for lute, P 45
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1610

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae, for lute, P 15
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1626

>Dowland, John [Composer] : The Frog Galliard, for lute, P 23
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cutting, Francis : Galliard to Mrs Anne Markham's Pavan
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cutting, Francis : Galliard for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cutting, Francis : Walsingham for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cutting, Francis : Packington's Pound
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Cutting, Francis : Alman
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, John : Delight Pavan for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, John : Galliard to Delight for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, John : Galliard
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Rosseter, Philip : Galliard no 3 of the Countess of Sussex, for lute
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Rosseter, Philip : A Fantasia, for lute (Jane Pickeringe's Lute Book, 37)
  • Performer: Joachim Held (Lute)
  • Notes: Erlöserkirche Vahrendorf (09/01/2009-09/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance