A Painted Tale, Songs of Blow, Dowland, Purcell and more
Henry Purcell / John Dowland / Thomas Morley / Robert Johnson / Nicholas Lanier / Alfonso Ferrabosco II / John Blow

A Painted Tale, Songs of Blow, Dowland, Purcell and more

Nicholas Phan / Michael Leopold / Ann-Marie Morgan

AV 2325 - 0822252232523

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For his third AVIE album, tenor Nicholas Phan turns to a group of Renaissance and Baroque English composers who greatly influenced Benjamin Britten, the muse of his two previous recordings – Still falls the Rain (AV 2258) and Winter Words (AV 2238), his solo debut recording which topped the Best Classical Recordings lists of NPR, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. A Painted Tale – the title taken from a lyric by 16th century composer Thomas Morley – features songs with lute and viola da gamba by Blow, Dowland, Ferrabosco, Lanier and Purcell. Describing the programme, which tells a story of love gained and then lost, Nick says, “Reading the poetry in these songs I am fascinated by how little the human experience has changed over the centuries. By assembling these various songs into what I call ‘a pastiche song cycle,’ I hope that creating a dramatic context for these pieces will highlight how relevant this material still is today.” 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    A Painted Tale
    02:41
  • 2
    O Solitude
    05:44
  • 3
    Have you seen but a bright Lily grow
    01:56
  • 4
    Fairest work of happy nature
    03:25
  • 5
    The Self Banished
    02:03
  • 6
    Fire, Fire
    01:54
  • 7
    O Turn Not Those Fine Eyes Away
    03:19
  • 8
    Sweeter Than Roses
    03:23
  • 9
    She Loves and She Confesses Too
    02:18
  • 10
    No More Shall Meads Be Deck’d With Flowers
    07:02
  • 11
    My Thoughts are Winged With Hopes
    02:36
  • 12
    Of All the Torments, All the Cares
    03:59
  • 13
    Can She Excuse My Wrongs
    02:33
  • 14
    Not All My Torments
    02:51
  • 15
    So, So, Leave Off This Last Lamenting Kiss
    02:51
  • 16
    In Darkness Let Me Dwell
    03:52
  • 17
    Now, O Now I Needs Must Part
    04:37
  • 18
    Come Heavy Sleep
    03:46
  • 19
    Stay, Silly Heart
    03:33
  • 20
    Evening Hymn
    05:11