Lawes: Ayres / La Reveuse
Catalog: MIR 177
Born in the final years of the reign of Elizabeth I, Henry Lawes lived through the troubled times of 17th century England. Brother of the charismatic but short lived William Lawes (1602-45), he was acknowledged in his day as one of the finest composers for the voice. This recording features a fascinating collection of his Ayres, performed by the French ensemble La RÃªveuse. With his extended vocal ranges, expressive melodic formulas, vibrant dissonances and the highly poetic texts, Lawes was a subtle painter of the melancholy of his age, earning a place between John Dowland and Henry Purcell.