Nocturnal Jakob Lindberg

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Label: BIS

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Antony Holborne (1545-1602):
  • 1The Honie-suckle01:45
  • 2Muy Linda01:22
  • 3The Night Watch01:37
  • 4The Countess of Pembroke's Paradise04:21
  • 5The Fairy Round01:27
  • Edward Collard (fl. ca. 1595-1599)
  • 6Go from My Window03:20
  • 7Hugh Aston's Ground04:47
  • Daniel Bacheler (1572-1619):
  • 8Pavane No. 1805:01
  • John Danyel (1563- ca. 1626):
  • 9Mrs. Anne Grene Her Leaves Be Greene04:52
  • Anonymous:
  • 10Lady Margaret's Lute Book: The Flowers of the Forest01:05
  • 11Remember Me at Evening01:22
  • 12The English Nightingale02:58
  • William Byrd (1543-1623):
  • 13Lullaby (Arr. F. Cutting for Lute)03:56
  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976):
  • 14Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70 (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep") [Arr. J. Lindberg for Lute]17:48
  • John Dowland (1563-1626):
  • 15A Dream, P. 7502:41
  • 16A Fancy, P. 602:50
  • 17Orlando Sleepeth, P. 6101:15
  • 18Galliard to Lachrimae, P. 4603:03
  • 19Mr. Dowland's Midnight, P. 9900:56
  • 20Farewell, P. 305:30
  • John Johnson (ca. 1545-1594):
  • 21Passingmeasures Pavan02:57
  • 22Carman's Whistle02:22
  • 23Good Night and Good Rest04:40
  • Total Runtime01:21:55

Info for Nocturnal

One of today’s foremost exponents of his instrument, Jakob Lindberg arrived at the lute by way of the guitar and played both for several years. When he decided to devote himself exclusively to the historic lute repertoire it was with some regret that he gave up his first love. During his last year with the modern guitar Lindberg was working on Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland, one of the seminal guitar works of the 20th century. Much later, when he learned that Britten had originally had in mind to compose a piece for the lute, he started to experiment playing sections of Nocturnal on his Renaissance lute, and soon decided to make a transcription of the complete work.

Nocturnal is based on John Dowland’s four-part song Come, Heavy Sleep, and inspired by this, Jakob Lindberg has placed it as the centre piece of a recital with mostly Elizabethan pieces, many of which also evoke aspects of the night. Dowland himself is represented by a selection of six lute solos, while the opening section consists of five pieces by Dowland’s older colleague Anthony Holborne. The closing track is by Holborne’s contemporary, John Johnson, and bids the listener Good Night and Good Rest.

Jakob Lindberg, lute

Jakob Lindberg
was born in Sweden and developed his first passionate interest in music through the Beatles. After reading music at Stockholm University he came to London to study at the Royal College of Music. Under the guidance of Diana Poulton he decided towards the end of his studies to focus on music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Jakob Lindberg is now one of the most prolific musicians in this field. He has made numerous recordings for BIS, many of which are pioneering in that they present a wide range of music on CD for the first time. He is also an active continuo player on the theorbo and archlute and has worked with many well-known English soloists and ensembles.

It is particularly through his live solo performances that he has become known as one of today’s finest lutenists. He has played to audiences in many parts of the world, from Tokyo and Beijing in the East to San Francisco and Mexico City in the West. In addition to his busy life as a performer, Jakob Lindberg teaches at the Royal College of Music in London, where he succeeded Diana Poulton as professor of lute in 1979.

Booklet for Nocturnal

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