The Song Company
Nigel North lute
JOHN DOWLAND solo songs, ensembles and lute pieces
JOHN WARD madrigals
THOMAS RAVENSCROFT songs, rounds and catches
One of the great delights of musical discovery in the last century has been the steady revival of John Dowland (1563–1626) by artists as diverse as Percy Grainger or, more recently, Emma Kirkby or Sting. As a way of celebrating Dowland's 450th anniversary in 2013, the Song Company has invited the greatest English lutenist of our time, Nigel North for an all-out tribute to the elusive English master and his time.
Dowland spent the peak of his career as private lutenist to the Danish king, Christian IV, but yearned for London and a posting at the English court. His work owes as much to the changing personal patronage he depended upon as to the subtle meanings and allusions of Elizabethan English. Whilst Shakespeare himself tred the boards, Dowland's lute and pen produced some of the most heart-breaking music of all times. Who could not be moved by In Darkness Let Me Dwell, Come Away Come Sweet Love or Time Stands Still?