We had just finished the recordings of Girolamo Frescobaldi’s Toccatas, and were searching for a new project. Browsing the internet, I came across Valerio Mignaco and Alfonso Martin, interpreting songs by the English Renaissance lutenist John Dowland: Phenomenal musician, truly inspirational interpretations. Looking for keyboard arrangements of Dowland’s songs, we discovered an anthology of compositions by contemporaries of John Dowland, put together by Christopher Hogwood and published in 2005 (Edition HH 74, www.editionhh.co.uk).
What a feast: Flow my tears, Can she excuse my wrongs? and many other original songs by John Dowland taken up by William Randall (1585-1604, church organist at Exeter Cathedral), William Byrd (1543-1623, trained by Thomas Tallis, and organist at the Chapel Royal, London), Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621, organist at Oude Kerk in Amsterdam), Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654, organist at the Market Church in Halle), and many others. We had our project.
Rosalinde Haas, now 81, and her husband Peter Krams, 83, worked on the 30 arrangements compiled by Christopher Hogwood for over a year. On July 21, 2013 we finished recording.
The output is presented on two CDs:
The first we entitle: Can She Excuse My Wrongs?. It starts off with three versions of the theme of that song, followed by a compilation of Pavans and Galliards, including The King of Denmark’s Galliard.
The second we entitle: Flow my tears. It contains eight different takes on this song. Impossible to compete with Valerio and Alfonso’s breathtaking interpretation (do look them up on www.youtube.com), but Rosalinde Haas’ musicianship is interesting in its own way.
The overall title to our collection is inspired by Rose Tremain’s novel Music and Silence.