Dowland Lute Songs


James Bowman sings Dowland Lute Songs

with Robert Spencer, lute

Catalogue Number: ALC 1048
Number of Discs: 1
Duration: 72:21


“This admirable record contains songs from all three Bookes & more. … The lute solos are played in exemplary fashion by Robert Spencer. A fine single-disc introduction to Dowland’s art, since it includes justly famous pieces… sung with wonderful artistry by James Bowman who brings sensitivity and intelligence to each song and characterises them tellingly. … There is no lack of contrast and each phrase is floated with imagination… recording very good, real and present.”— Penguin Guide

Alto is pleased to return to the catalogue the brilliant countertenor James Bowman singing John Dowland’s evocative siongs accomplanied with musicality and imagination by lutenist Robert Spencer.

Thomas Campion: Fair, if you expect admiring / I care not for these ladies / It fell on a summer’s day / The cypress curtain of the night
Danyel: Eyes, look no more / Like as the Lute Delights / What delight can they enjoy
John Dowland: Come again, sweet love doth now invite / Go Crystal tears / Can she excuse my wrongs? / Awake, sweet love / Sorrow, stay / Shall I sue? / Fine knacks for ladies / Prelude for lute / Lachrimae Pavan (lute solo) / What if I never speed? / Me, me, and none but me / Flow not so fast, ye fountains / When Phoebus first did Daphne love / Lady, if you so spite me / Shall I strive with wordes to move? / Tell me, true Love / Semper Dowland Semper Dolens (lute solo) / Lady Laiton’s Almain (lute solo) / Captain Candish’s Galliard (lute solo)
Philip Rosseter: Sweet come again / Whether men do laugh

Original recordings produced by Ted Perry and Martin Compton
Recording engineer: John Shuttleworth
Licensed from CNR Music Netherlands. Originally released as Saga 9004 and 9040
Compiled & re-mastered for by Paul Arden-Taylor (

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm


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