Resonant Dowland | Matthias Engelke

 

Resonant Dowland | Matthias Engelke
Gruen 197 | Audio CD > [order]

 

Resonant Dowland represents an individual and contemporary interpretation of the songs of Renaissance composer John Dowland. His songs, flying in from the past, become completely subjective by their full integration into an electronically generated world of sound where they are absorbed structurally, gesturally and sonically. This digital recomposition and the aura of Dowland`s songs meld together in a surprising, gentle and respectful, even symbiotic way. The resounding fragments from a mysterious past find their echo in the acoustic chamber of our present world, which receives them into its own digitally-processed musical space without endangering their centuries-old magical essence. Resonant Dowland connects a creative musician of the Elizabethan age, on the threshold of discovering musical individuality, with his colleague who, separated by centuries, lives in an age of digital absorption of sound, in music whose unequal layers shine iridescently through each other. The central idea of this electronic renaissance could be represented by the image of the palimpsest, the res facta of the past, that has seen several lives.

 

Tracklist:

 

1 | Weep you no more, sad fountains
(The Third And Last Booke of Songs or Aires, 1603, no. 15)
2 | Interlude
3 | Sorrow, stay
(The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, 1600, no. 3) > MP3
4 | Flow my tears
(The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, 1600, no. 2) > MP3
5 | Come again: Sweet love doth now invite
(The First Booke of Songes and Ayres, 1597, no. 17)
6 | Go crystal tears
(The First Booke of Songes and Ayres, 1597, no. 9 )
7 | Fine knacks for ladies
(The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, 1600, no. 12)
8 | I must complain
(The Third And Last Booke of Songs or Aires, 1603, no. 17)
9 | White as lilies was her face
(The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, 1600, no. 15) > MP3
1 0 | The lowest trees have tops
(The Third And Last Booke of Songs or Aires, 1603, no. 19)
1 1 | Lady if you so spite me
(A Musicall Banquet, 1610, no. 9)
1 2 | In darkness let me dwell
(A Musicall Banquet, 1610, no. 10)

 

12 Tracks (78′59″)
CD (500 copies)

 

CD contains:
Foto series „Licht/Light“ by Gustav Franz / www.gustavfranz.de
Essay „Palimpsest“ in German and English by Christian Lemmerich

 

Sound Art Series by Gruenrekorder
Germany / 2020 / Gruen 197 / LC 09488 / GEMA / EAN 195497263899