Drop not, mine eyes: English Lute Songs | Linn CKD711

Drop not, mine eyes: English Lute Songs

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD711

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 28th April 2023



Named Gramophoneís One to Watch and winner of the 2022 International Handel Singing Competition, Alexander Chance makes his recording debut on Linn. Drop not, mine eyes is a recital of English lute songs that soaks up the zeitgeist of the past couple of years to create a programme full of melancholic works by Dowland, Campion, Danyel, Purcell and others. If the ever-popular Dowland was readily prone to sadness, as exemplified by the pair I saw my lady weep and Flow, my tears, or indeed In darkness let me dwell, the polymath Thomas Campion favoured a more sober style, as shown in I care not for these ladies. Thomas Ford displays his more profane side here with Fair, sweet, cruel and What then is love. When it comes to melancholy, John Danyelís Grief, keep within and Drop not, mine eyes are every bit as good as Dowland. The programme closes with Purcell, the other English Orpheus. Toby Carr provides sympathetic accompaniment on lute and theorbo



After becoming the first countertenor to win the International Handel Singing Competition last year ..., [Alexander] Chance now releases his debut recording: a programme of English song with lutenist Toby Carr. And itís a thing of beauty. ... Itís a lovely pairing, and a recording in which Chance stakes serious claim to the title of his generationís most exciting British countertenor.  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone July 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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