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DOWLAND, J.: Songs (Dowland in Dublin) (Slattery, La Nef)

DOWLAND, J.: Songs (Dowland in Dublin) (Slattery, La Nef)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File

Artists:

Nef, La

Ensemble

Michael Slattery

Soloist

Sylvain Bergeron

Soloist

Nef, La



Venue:

Eglise Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada



Record Label
Atma Classiqe

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 49:10
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DOWLAND, J.: Songs (Dowland in Dublin) (Slattery, La Nef)

     
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MICHAEL SLATTERY

1 

Book of Songs, Book 1: Sleep wayward thoughts (arr. S. Dagher and M. Slattery)

2:36
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

2 

Book of Songs, Book 1: Now, O Now I Needs Must Part (arr. S. Dagher and M. Slattery)

2:38
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

SEAN DAGHER

3 

Book of Songs, Book 3: Behold a wonder here (arr. S. Dagher and M. Slattery)

4:11
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

4 

Book of Songs, Book 2: Fine Knacks for Ladies (arr. S. Dagher)

2:14
 Nef, La Ensemble
     
 

SEAN DAGHER

5 

Book of Songs, Book 3: Say, Love, if ever thou didst find (arr. S. Dagher)

2:55
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

SYLVAIN BERGERON

6 

Book of Songs, Book 1: Away with these self-loving lads (arr. S. Bergeron)

1:51
 Nef, La Ensemble
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

7 

Book of Songs, Book 1: Come again, sweet love doth now invite (arr. S. Dagher and M. Slattery)

3:09
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
8 

Book of Songs, Book 1: Come, heavy sleep (arr. S. Bergeron)

2:58
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
9 

Lachrimae Pavan, P. 15 (arr. S. Bergeron for lute)

2:50
 Sylvain Bergeron Soloist
     
 

SEAN DAGHER

10 

Book of Songs, Book 3: Time stands still (arr. S. Dagher)

3:03
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

SYLVAIN BERGERON

11 

Book of Songs, Book 3: Me, me and none but me (arr. S. Bergeron)

2:26
 Sylvain Bergeron Soloist
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

12 

Kemp's Jig - Mistress Winter's Jump - My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe (arr. S. Bergeron)

3:29
 Nef, La Ensemble
     
 

SEAN DAGHER

13 

Book of Songs, Book 2: Clear or cloudy sweet as April showering (arr. S. Dagher)

2:28
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

SYLVAIN BERGERON

14 

Book of Songs, Book 2: O sweet woods, the delight of solitariness (arr. S. Bergeron)

2:51
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

SEAN DAGHER

15 

Mr. Bucton's Galliard, H. 19 (arr. S. Dagher)

1:46
 Nef, La Ensemble
     
 

MICHAEL SLATTERY

16 

Book of Songs, Book 2: A shepherd in a shade (arr. S. Bergeron and M. Slattery)

3:21
 Michael Slattery Soloist
     
 

SEAN DAGHER

17 

Book of Songs, Book 1: His golden locks Time hath to silver turned (arr. S. Dagher and M. Slattery)

4:24
 Michael Slattery Soloist


American tenor Michael Slattery makes his ATMA recording debut on La Nef’s latest offering, Dowland in Dublin. Slattery, Sylvain Bergeron and Seán Dagher worked together on these new arrangements of Dowland’s well-known airs, giving them a simple, Celtic flavor. In selecting the music for this project they decided to focus on the lighter-hearted side of Dowland, who is best known for his beautiful if sombre songs.

Michael Slattery has appeared in opera houses around the world including Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall in London, Châtelet Theatre and the Staatsoper Berlin. A versatile artist, he has also been praised for his performance of traditional repertoire: "Michael Slattery has a stellar career ahead of him. It’s a real joy to hear this traditional music... performed beautifully and idiomatically by such a talented and serious artist." - Gramophone

"... This is Dowland like you’ve never heard him. If you’re a purist, forget it - you probably won’t like this. But I rather do. What the musicians have done here, speculating on Dowlnad’s possible Irish roots, is to strip his tunes of their contrapuntal accompaniment. So most of the songs lean toward Dowland’s light hearted side. Though a few of his more solemn ones are included. I am quite captivated by Michael Slattery’s voice - it’s an Irish voice, with that peculiar soft, gentle quality that many Irish men’s singing voices have. The combination of his voice and the familiar Dowland songs is melting. The instrumental arrangements interspersed with the vocal numbers, are just as charming. I am amazed that these Dowland tunes work so well as "Celtic music" - it wouldn’t have occured to me. This appealing program, half way between art song and folk song, has given me some very enjoyable listening. The sound is excellent."
 
Ardella Crawford - American Record Guide - 1 May 2012

"... the recital is beautifully performed."  ****

Barry Witherden - BBC Music magazine - July 2012


"...If you’re not against the idea of Dowland’s songs being performed asif there were Irish folk songs, the Dowland in Dublin might give you, like me considerable enjoyment."

Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare - May/June 2012


"So what is the album really like?

It gets better with each listen, as the ear and brain cast off the centuries-old tradition of singing lute songs in favor of this group’s more earthy approach. This is not just Early Music’s counterpart to today’S emop kids, this is the music of life, rendered with a great deal of care.

Slattery’s lyric voice is a treat in and of itself, making a must-hear album."

John Terauds - Musical Toronto - 8 February 2012


"...He [John Dowland]and the Canadian early music ensemble La Nef have given a selection of Dowland’s very British songs an Irish lilt. And an Indian drone too, with a shruti box that is meant to be used for chanting.

It works. Dowland’s tunes are sturdy, able to thrive on a lively lilt or bring a sentimental tear to the eye when offered with sweet Irish melancholy. Slattery sings with a feel for period style and the pub, and La Nef crosses genre divides with similar ease.

Mark Swed - Los Angeles Times - 31 January 2012


"This is no conventional recital of Dowland. Some of his songs are performed as purely instrumental pieces—but effectively...Tenors are often the unsung heroes of Dowland’s music,over shadowed by bass, soprano or countertenor parts. Whether or not listeners approve of the arrangements here, Michael Slattery’s tenor voice excels."

Michael Schwart - The WholeNote - 1 April 2012




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