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Heavenly Love, Earthly Joy / Bream, Pears

Album Summary

>Morley, Thomas : Absence, hear thou my protestation, song for voice with lute & bass viol
>Rosseter, Philip : What Then Is Love But Mourning
>Dowland, John [Composer] : I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)
>Rosseter, Philip : If She Forsake Me
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Dear, if you change, I'll never choose again, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Ford, Thomas [Poet] : Come, Phyllis
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Stay, Time, awhile thy flying, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
>Morley, Thomas : First Booke of Ayres
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
>Rosseter, Philip : When Laura Smiles
>Ford, Thomas [Poet] : Faire Sweet Cruell for 4 voices & instruments
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Shall I sue, shall I seek for grace?, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sweet stay awhile, why will you rise?, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
>Morley, Thomas : Who is it that this darke night, song for voice with lute & bass viol
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come, heavy sleep, 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] : Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : The lowest trees have tops, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Say, Love if ever thou didst find, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
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Notes & Reviews:

"This reissue of two concert performances--from London's Wigmore Hall in 1963 and Conway Hall in 1969--makes delightful and frequently very compelling listening, given the superlative musical selections (22 of the period's finest songs) and the facility and inherent compatibility of the two great artists who perform them. Reviewers of tenor Peter Pears' performances so often feel compelled to mitigate praise for his artistry with some comment about, or apology for, the voice's quality--that it's one of those "love it or hate it" voices. Nonsense. I say it's a wonderful voice, its unmistakable timbre pleasingly distinctive, its somewhat bright edge accompanied by a warm, natural, unforced, open-throated resonance. And especially in English songs, Pears was a master storyteller, shaping the musical lines with a poet's sense of textual nuance and clever inflection, often delivered with a twinkle in the eye or, especially with Dowland, a tear or two. His lovely rendition of Dowland's "Come, heavy sleep" is about as close to perfect as we'll ever hear a song sung. Of course, Pears' partner in this recital, Julian Bream, was a master of Dowland's solo music and is more than comfortable in his significant supporting role here. Pears and Bream performed many concerts together over a period of many years, beginning around 1963 when the earliest of these tracks were recorded, and you simply can't listen to such gems as Philip Rosseter's "What then is love?", Morley's "It was a lover and his lass" and "Absence", or Dowland's "Weep you no more, sad fountains" without being grateful for this rare and rewarding partnership. The sound tends to favor the treble on some tracks, but your ear adjusts to this quickly, readily and happily attending to the singing and playing, enjoying the promise of the disc's title." -Classics Today



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>Morley, Thomas : Absence, hear thou my protestation, song for voice with lute & bass viol
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Rosseter, Philip : What Then Is Love But Mourning
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1601

>Dowland, John [Composer] : I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Rosseter, Philip : If She Forsake Me
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Dear, if you change, I'll never choose again, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1597

>Ford, Thomas [Poet] : Come, Phyllis
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Stay, Time, awhile thy flying, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Morley, Thomas : First Booke of Ayres
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1603

>Rosseter, Philip : When Laura Smiles
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ford, Thomas [Poet] : Faire Sweet Cruell for 4 voices & instruments
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Shall I sue, shall I seek for grace?, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sweet stay awhile, why will you rise?, for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1612

>Morley, Thomas : Who is it that this darke night, song for voice with lute & bass viol
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1597

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1597

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my heart, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1597

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : The lowest trees have tops, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1603

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Time's eldest son, Old Age, song in 3 sections for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1600

>Dowland, John [Composer] : In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1610

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Say, Love if ever thou didst find, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Peter Pears; Julian Bream (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1603