Scherzi Musicali, Dowland in Copenhagen
Four voices and four lutes: this is the proposal of Scherzi Musicali for this reading of some of the most beautiful pages of John Dowland, lutenist at the court of Copenhagen from 1598 to 1606.
If it is more usual to hear these songs sung alone with a single lute, it was also common to accompany the voices with a consort of lutes: the songs can then leave the intimacy of the small chamber, to find a sound dynamic more suitable for large rooms. In addition, it must be admitted that the declination of this consort, from the small soprano lute to the imposing low lute makes the overall picture even more irresistible.
Direction: Nicolas Achten
Deborah Cachet, soprano
Leandro Marziotte, countertenor
Francisco Mañalich, tenor and viol
Nicolas Achten, baritone, bass and virginal lute
Paul Kieffer, soprano lute
Solmund Nystabbak, viola lute
François Dambois, tenor lute
Saint-Loup Church, Namur (BE)