Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett

Some items
to consider

in the first division

extraordinary by any standards

An excellent disc

a new benchmark

summation of a lifetime’s experience.

Piano Concertos 1 and 2
Surprise Best Seller and now

A Garland for John McCabe


DIETHELM Symphonies

The best Rite of Spring in Years

BACH Magnificat

Brian Symphs 8, 21, 26

Just enjoy it!

La Mer Ticciati








Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
(THE Polish label)
Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Senior Editor
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
Editor in Chief
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger


CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS
Sound Samples & Downloads

John DOWLAND (1563 - 1626)
Dowland in Dublin
Sleep wayward thoughts [2:36]
Now o now I needs must part [2:38]
Behold a wonder here [4:11]
Fine knacks for ladies [2:14]
Say, love if ever thou didst find [2:55]
Away with these self-loving lads [1:51]
Come again, sweet love [3:09]
Come heavy sleep [2:58]
Lachrimae pavan [1:50]
Time stands still [3:03]
Me, me and none but me [2:26]
Kemp's Jig - Mistress Winter's Jump - My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe [3:29]
Clear or cloudy [2:28]
O sweet woods [2:51]
A Galliard [1:46]
A shepherd in a shade [3:21]
His golden locks [4:24]
Michael Slattery (tenor, shruti box)
La Nef (Grégoire Jeay (flutes); Alex Kehler (violin); Amanda Keesmaat (cello); Betsy MacMillan (viola da gamba); Andrew Horton (double bass); Seán Dagher (cittern); Sylvain Bergeron (lute, guitar); Patrick Graham (percussion))
rec. September 2010, Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada. DDD
ATMA ACD2 2650 [49:19]

Experience Classicsonline

Many people will wonder what the title of this disc is about. It is explained in the liner-notes by Sylvain Bergeron. "'To my loving countryman, Mr. John Forster the younger, merchant of Dublin, in Ireland'. In thus dedicating the song 'From Silent Night' in his collection A Pilgrim's Solace (1612) John Dowland reveals his possibly Irish origins. Was Dowland, often considered the first great English composer, actually Irish? He may have belonged to an old Irish family, the O'Dolans, who settled in Dublin in the middle of the 16th century. The hypothesis that he was Irish seems strengthened by the fact that he was a Catholic, and had an honorary degree from Trinity College in Dublin".
It is notable that this subject is almost completely ignored in the article on Dowland in New Grove by Peter Holman. He only states that "nothing has been found to substantiate (...) W.H. Grattan Flood's claim that he came from Dalkey near Dublin". The arguments of Bergeron are not very convincing. That is certainly the case with his reference to Dowland's Catholic convictions. Some renowned colleagues of his were Catholics as well, like William Byrd, Peter Philips and John Bull, and they were definitely English. Moreover, Holman mentions that Dowland "admitted in 1595 in a long autobiographical letter to Sir Robert Cecil that he had become a Catholic in France". From 1579 to 1583 he served Sir Henry Cobham when he was English resident in Paris.
The suggestion that Dowland had Irish roots is used as an excuse to present a selection from Dowland's oeuvre as Irish folk music. This probably has also to do with Michael Slattery, who seems to have Irish roots as he has previously recorded a disc with the title The Irish Heart. He has also a vivid interest in folk music which has led him to take lessons in Irish folk music with the instrument he plays in some items on this disc. The shruti box is an Indian instrument which is used to accompany the chanting of prayers.
The 19 songs and instrumental pieces on this disc are all arranged for an ensemble of various instruments. Most of them were not used in Dowland's time, like the cello and the double bass. Even the violin was rare. So if you listen to this disc, forget everything you know about the performance practice in Dowland's time, and enjoy this folk approach of his music - or not. The latter goes for me: I have no feeling whatsoever for folk music, and I didn't enjoy this disc at all. When the editor sent me a list of new discs I included this one in my wish list mainly because of Michael Slattery. I had heard this young American tenor in two oratorios of Handel (Solomon and Samson, both recorded by Carus) and I liked his voice and his interpretations. That made me curious about his performances of Dowland's songs.
His way of singing here is quite different from the recordings I just mentioned. Whether he succeeds in singing like a folk singer is something I can't tell. What I can tell is that he changes the rhythms and even the melodies of most songs quite drastically. In my view much is lost in these performances, vocally and instrumentally. There is no doubt about the competence of singer and players, but their approach to Dowland's music hasn't convinced me at all. I definitely would like to hear Slattery in Dowland songs as they were conceived by the composer.
As far as this disc is concerned, it will mainly appeal to lovers of (Irish) folk music.
Johan van Veen




















































































































Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.