Editors' Notes Grace Davidson’s pure, crisp soprano voice has made her an invaluable part of the UK’s choral scene. Here she uses it to great effect in John Dowland’s songs, accompanied by master lutenist David Miller. Dowland’s First Booke of Songes or Ayres was hugely popular in 17th-century England and beyond; no other composer had come close to his brilliance with harmony, rhythm and counterpoint—and his skill with word-setting. Davidson and Miller bring a fresh innocence to this music, the passionate “Now, Oh Now I Needs Must Part” all the more powerful for its subtle expressiveness. The resigned “Come, Heavy Sleep” is performed with stunning simplicity while “Can She Excuse My Wrongs with Virtue’s Cloak?” has a beautiful rhythmic nuance.

SONG
Unquiet Thoughts
1
3:24
 
Who Ever Thinks or Hopes of Love for Love
2
2:30
 
My Thoughts are Wing'd with Hopes
3
3:23
 
If My Complaints Could Passions Move
4
3:20
 
Can She Excuse My Wrongs with Virtue's Cloak?
5
2:49
 
Now, Oh Now I Needs Must Part
6
3:57
 
Dear, If You Change, I'll Never Choose Again
7
3:16
 
Burst Forth, My Tears
8
5:01
 
Go Crystal Tears
9
3:19
 
Thinkst Thou Then by They Feigning
10
1:55
 
Come Away, Come Sweet Love
11
2:17
 
Rest a While, You Cruel Cares
12
3:53
 
Sleep, Wayward Thoughts
13
3:40
 
All Ye Whom Love or Fortune Hath Betray'd
14
4:09
 
Wilt Thou Unkind Thus Reave Me of My Heart?
15
4:07
 
Would My Conceit That First Enforc'd My Woe
16
5:07
 
Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite
17
4:35
 
His Golden Locks Time Hath to Silver Turned
18
3:32
 
Awake, Sweet Love, Thou Art Return'd
19
2:19
 
Come, Heavy Sleep
20
3:42
 
Away with These Self-Loving Lads
21
2:55
 

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