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Robert Johnson: Prince's Almain & Other Dances

Audio Samples

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Prince's Almain, Masque & Coranto, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 1 for lute in C minor
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Gallyard for lute (My Lady Mildmay's Delight)
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 2 for lute in F minor
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (2), for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Noble Man
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Witches' Dance
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 3 for lute in C minor
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (3), for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Fairies Dance
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Fantasie for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Galliard
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Lady Strange's Almain, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan no 4, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The First, Second & Third Dances in the Prince's Masque, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Satyre's Dance, for lute

Album Summary

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Prince's Almain, Masque & Coranto, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 1 for lute in C minor
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Gallyard for lute (My Lady Mildmay's Delight)
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 2 for lute in F minor
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (2), for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Noble Man
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Witches' Dance
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 3 for lute in C minor
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (3), for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Fairies Dance
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Fantasie for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Galliard
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Lady Strange's Almain, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan no 4, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The First, Second & Third Dances in the Prince's Masque, for lute
>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Satyre's Dance, for lute
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Playing a golden-toned 10-course lute and using original manuscript sources or his own sensitive reconstructions, British lutenist Nigel North presents a delightful recital of dances by Robert Johnson, a contemporary of Shakespeare for whose plays he wrote songs and incidental music. Although they use the old forms of pavan, galliard, almain and fantasie, Johnson's exquisite works tend towards the more expansive, lyrical style that would later flourish in the Baroque period. Nigel North's critically acclaimed boxed set of Dowland's Complete Lute Music is also available (8.504016).

"Johnson's earlier dance music includes galliards and almains, simple pieces largely of melody and bass...North's playing reflects their function, metrical with only the barest slowing up as the dance sequence ends... In contrast to such extrovert movements are the four Pavans, beautifully crafted in often sustained counterpoint...North plays these most thougthfully." -BBC Music Magazine *****

"As always, North's playing is a wonder, an easy, natural musicality and an impeccable technique complemented by a real ear for colour and nuance of expression." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008).



Reviews

Gorgeous 10 course lute
Nigel North, a lutenist from Britain, does a phenomenal job on these 17 pieces by Robert Johnson (c. 1583-1633). These pieces have a bit of a Baroque feel to them, and are exquisitely played by Mr. North. A few mentions about the ones that really caught my ear: Track 1) The Prince’s Almain, Masque and Coranto is bright and playful, and Mr. North is obviously having a great time playing this piece – that comes right through. Track 2) Pavan No. 1 -- an elegant golden-toned Pavan, slightly introspective and full of intellectual life. Track 5) Two Almains – purity of tone, impeccable timing, and just darn good music. Track 15) The First, Second, and Third Dances in the Prince’s Masque – this sounds simple to play, but it is extremely difficult. Not only is it a delightful piece, but Mr. North makes it seem like childsplay. This is jaw dropping for those of us who are lute players. Track 17) The Satyr’s Dance – this sounds hard, and it is, making fine use of the instrument’s range and testing the dexterity of the fingers. Easy for Mr. North, not so for the rest of us mere mortals. Wow. So what do I think? If you are a lute fan, get this recording – it’s wonderful!
Submitted on 03/28/11 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Prince's Almain, Masque & Coranto, for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 1 for lute in C minor
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Gallyard for lute (My Lady Mildmay's Delight)
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 2 for lute in F minor
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (2), for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Noble Man
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Witches' Dance
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan 3 for lute in C minor
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (3), for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Fairies Dance
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Fantasie for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Galliard
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Lady Strange's Almain, for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Pavan no 4, for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The First, Second & Third Dances in the Prince's Masque, for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : Almains (3), for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Johnson, Robert (II) : The Satyre's Dance, for lute
  • Performer: Nigel North (Lute)
  • Notes: St George's Church, Sutton, Ontario, Canada (09/16/2008-09/18/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance