The Mirandola Ensemble | Unquiet Thoughts - The Lute Songs of John Dowland

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Unquiet Thoughts - The Lute Songs of John Dowland

by The Mirandola Ensemble

A vocal consort and classical guitarist perform the lute songs of Renaissance composer John Dowland.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Preludium
1:29 $0.99
2. Come Ye Heavy States of Night
3:19 $0.99
3. Unquiet Thoughts
3:59 $0.99
4. Can She Excuse My Wrongs
2:41 $0.99
5. In Darkness Let Me Dwell
4:05 $0.99
6. In This Trembling Shadow Cast
4:23 $0.99
7. The Lowest Trees Have Tops
4:02 $0.99
8. Love, Those Beams That Breed
3:12 $0.99
9. Go, Crystal Tears
5:13 $0.99
10. I Saw My Lady Weep
5:26 $0.99
11. Flow, My Tears, Fall from Your Springs
4:10 $0.99
12. Come Again
3:43 $0.99
13. Fine Knacks for Ladies
2:26 $0.99
14. Tarleton's Resurrection
2:34 $0.99
15. Come, Heavy Sleep
6:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Mirandola Ensemble is a Minneapolis-based professional choral ensemble dedicated to promoting the highest standards of choral music, the idea of choral music as ‘high art’ in the Western tradition, and the aesthetics of the Renaissance. The ensemble consists of Angela Grundstad (soprano), Clara Osowski (alto), Nick Chalmers (tenor and Artistic Director), Andrew Kane (tenor), and Matthew Culloton (bass).

A close relative of the madrigal and consort song, the lute song was a genre that originated in England toward the end of the 16th century. These compositions were written for solo voice and lute, or as many as four voices, and combinations thereof. While it is unknown whether John Dowland invented the lute song, it is evident that he was its foremost champion. As in the madrigal, the music of the lute song acts as a vehicle for the delivery of text. Unquiet thoughts features provocative poetrymany poems listed as "anonymous" but loosely attributed to Dowland himself full of metaphor and, in many ways, as colorful as the music itself.

Dowland is a composer well-regarded by solo and choral singers in both professional and amateur circles. His contributions, specifically to lute music and more generally to Renaissance dance forms, cannot be overstated. While there are many preexisting recordings of Dowland's lute songs, most feature exclusively a lutenist and a solo vocalist. With this disc I wanted to focus also on the genius of Dowland's four part writing, lines seamlessly interwoven through playful counterpoint. Our offering thus includes various textures: solo guitar; accompanied solo voice; and of course tutti voices accompanied and a cappella. The choice to use classical guitar instead of lute was not made lightly. We were drawn to the warmth, lyricism, and dynamic breadth of guitar, and we were thrilled with the prospect of collaborating with friend and colleague Ben Kunkel.



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