Dowland: Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
José Miguel Moreno, renaissance lute; Eligio Quinteiro, theorbo & guitar
John Dowland (c.1563-1626)
One of the most attractive and poignant repertories from across the whole Renaissance is undoubtedly to be found in the output of John Dowland, the composer of the greatly-admired Lachrimae and the musical representative of a whole philosophical, literary and artistic outlook when it comes to evoking melancholy. Lutenist José Miguel Moreno, co-founder of Glossa and architect of cult recordings devoted to Sylvius Leopold Weiss, JS Bach and Robert de Visée, could not miss out on his encounter with English repertoire and, in 2002, he recorded this double disc covering, across some 32 pieces, the most significant of Dowland's works, and accompanied by Eligio Quinteiro on the theorbo or gittern (renaissance guitar). This is one of those albums which define the whole aesthetic standpoint of a label...