The dark winter days of early 2014 are illumined by Ian Bostridge
singing an exquisite programme of songs of the English composer and lutenist John Dowland
(1563-1626). Performing with the viol consort Fretwork
and renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny
he explores the bittersweet passions of songs that include “Flow my tears”, “Come again, sweet love doth now invite”, “In darkness let me dwell” and “I saw my lady weep”. Songs are interwoven with a selection of instrumental lachrimaes, pavanes and galliards to create an evening of poetry and elevated expression, painting a musical portrait of Elizabethan England.
The programme was first performed at Cadogan Hall
, London as part of the BBC Proms
2013 and filmed for inclusion in the BBC Chamber Music series on BBC4
. Following the concert Fiona Maddocks wrote in The Observer
: “the tenor Ian Bostridge, the lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and the top viol ensemble Fretwork shed and shared the tears and dark passions of John Dowland. It was tough emotion for a Monday lunchtime but worth every dying fall: the musicianship was peerless.”
Ian Bostridge, Fretwork and Elizabeth Kenny take the programme to venues around England, as well as the Netherlands and Germany.
Concerts in February include:
– 12th February: King’s Place