Songs from the Labyrinth

Album Summary

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Walsingham, song arranged for lute, P 67
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Have you seen but a white lily grow?
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The King of Denmark, his Galliard, for lute, P 40
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The lowest trees have tops, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fantasia, for lute in G minor, P 6
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my heart, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Clear or cloudy sweet as Aprill showring, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
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Notes & Reviews:

This autumn Sting ventures into "new" musical territory with an album featuring the music of acclaimed Elizabethan songwriter, John Dowland (1563-1626). Sting is joined on this recording by much-admired lutenist Edin Karamazov, in what he describes as "a soundtrack to Dowland's life in words and music". Songs from the Labyrinth will appear on Deutsche Grammophon, the world's most celebrated classical-music record-label. It is extracts from this extraordinary letter which Sting incorporates into this album as short recitations, re-creating a flavour of Dowland's life and times. Sting said "This project was never really meant to be a record. It was a labour of love. I wanted to learn these songs, and out of curiosity, Edin and I just kept going. I think it only became a record when we decided to put extracts of this letter in. Those that are familiar with John Dowland normally think of him as being this melancholy, doom-laden character; but he can write songs that are absolutely joyful - full of passion and happiness. He has it all." Sting continues, "I'm not a trained singer for this repertoire, but I'm hoping that I can bring some freshness to these songs that perhaps a more experienced singer wouldn't give. For me they are pop songs written around 1600 and I relate to them in that way; beautiful melodies, fantastic lyrics, and great accompaniments."

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Sting (vocals, archlute); Edin Karamazov (lute, archlute).

Recording information: metropolis Studios, London, England; Steerpike Studios, II Palagio, Italy.

It probably would have been difficult, circa 1978, for fans of the Police's bouncy, ska-inflected new wave to conceive that Sting, circa 2006, would release an album of madrigals written in the late 1500s and early 1600s by Renaissance composer John Dowland. Yet Sting has always been musically adventurous and possessed of highbrow notions, as his eclectic solo career in the intervening years demonstrated. In a way, Sting's musical journey to Elizabethan England comes as no surprise.

SONGS FROM THE LABYRINTH does not mix pop or genre elements with Dowland's compositions. Instead, this music is faithful to the originals in spirit and sound, and historically accurate in execution and instrumentation. Sting sings, plays guitar and is joined by lutenist Edin Karamazov on a set of Dowland's haunting, minor-key madrigals with their equally haunting lyrics. Instrumental interludes and spoken readings from Dowland's letters are interspersed throughout, and while the exercise may not be to everyone's taste, it is further testament to the stylistic range and ambition of this 20th-century pop icon.

REVIEWS:

Rolling Stone (p.124) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Sting tables his ponderous lower range and invests these crack tunes with skill and soul."



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>Dowland, John [Composer] : Walsingham, song arranged for lute, P 67
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1626

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1597
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "Right honorable
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600
  • Language: English

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Have you seen but a white lily grow?
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1616
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "...Then in time passing Mr. Johnson died..." (Let
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : The King of Denmark, his Galliard, for lute, P 40
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1626

>Dowland, John [Composer] : The lowest trees have tops, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1603
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "...And accordinge as I desired ther cam a letter
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1600
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "...From thenc I went to the Landgrave of Hessen..
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Fantasia, for lute in G minor, P 6
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1597
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "...And from thence I had great desire to see Ital
  • Performers: Sting (Archlute); Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1597
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my heart, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1597
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "...After my departure I caled to mynde our confer
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1603
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Sting (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1626

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Clear or cloudy sweet as Aprill showring, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Lute); Edin Karamazov (Archlute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600
  • Language: English

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Letters (correspondence with family and friends) :: "...men say that the Kinge of Spain is making grea
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
  • Performers: Sting (Spoken Vocals); Edin Karamazov (Archlute); Edin Karamazov (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1610
  • Language: English