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About Go From My Window:
Nigel North plays the music of John Dowland and his contemporaries, including:
Greensleeves - anon/ Francis Cutting Walsingham - John Dowland, John Johnson The Woods So Wild - William Byrd Carman's Whistle - John Johnson
Nigel North has an unrivalled reputation as a lutenist. His style merges impeccable technique with a jazz-like improvisational ability, which makes repertoire like Dowland ideal. The great lutenist composers of the sixteenth century were masters of improvisation, but, of course, we have no concrete evidence of the forms that these improvisations took. "The versions that are handed down to us in lute tablature are often so well worked out and complicated that they may represent a parallel track to the improvised version which we will never hear!" says North.
Of the composers represented on "Go From My Window," Dowland needs no introduction. Of the previous generation, John Johnson is now less well known. He was one of Queen Elizabeth I's three court lutenists for fifteen years. Employing his special style of 'division writing', Johnson wrote many beautiful solos and duets. As North says: "While his 'Walsingham' is breathtakingly simple, 'Carman's Whistle' may sound simple but is actually technically very demanding. I doubt that even Johnson could have improvised this setting."
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