I have often wondered how long dead composers would have composed and arranged their music had they been alive today. With this in mind, I have taken six songs composed by John Dowland and recorded them firstly in the four part harmony that he would recognise and then recorded them again in various styles as he might have arranged them had he been alive today.
John Dowland (1563 – 1626) was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer who was a 'pop star' of his day.
Dowland's music often displays the melancholia that was so fashionable in music at that time and his music has been a continuing source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists to this day. .
He published a number of songs and scores during his career, the best known publications being his three Bookes of Ayres, from which the six songs on this album are taken. 'Can She Excuse My Wrongs', 'Now O Now I Needs Must Part', 'Go Crystal Tears' and 'Come Away Sweet Love' all come from his First Booke of Ayres (1597). 'Fine Knacks for Ladies' comes from his Second Booke of Ayres (1600) and 'What Poor Astronomers Are They' comes from his Third Booke of Ayres (1603).
Nick Lambert is a studio based singer/ songwriter/ producer with a broad range of musical styles. Many of his songs are
commentaries on aspects of modern society and much of his instrumental work is inspired by the Welsh Marches, where he currently lives....more