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Classical, Solo Instrumental
First Hand Records
June 14, 2019

Format: Compact Disc



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Classical guitarist Michael Butten presents an album devoted to John Dowland, brilliantly recorded by the classical guitar expert recording engineer John Taylor.

John Dowland (1563?1626) is recognized as the greatest English composer of lute music and songs. His career as a leading musician of his age was intricate and at times the precise details of his activities become obscure. Butten presents a collection of Dowland's most popular and beautiful songs arranged for the classical guitar. A whole disc of Dowland performed on classical guitar is rare, usually heard on the lute, so FHR are pleased to be able to present this album. In this recording, Butten plays with a very beautiful sound, incredible colours, lovely melodic phrasing and immaculate control of tone, which draws you right in. This is a spellbinding album, wonderfully recorded.

The British guitarist Michael Butten studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, London. In his first year he won the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by Julian Bream, and, when leaving the Academy he was awarded the David Russell Prize. On completing his BMus degree with 1st class honours, he received the Regency Awards for Notable Achievement and in 2014, as a postgraduate with a scholarship from Help Musicians UK, he became the first guitarist ever to win the RAM Club Prize. He was the 1st prize winner at the 2016 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Recent successes include 1st prize at the Pleven Guitar Competition 2018 and at Leicester Musicfest 2018, as well as his BBC Radio 3 debut solo recital at St Magnus International Festival in Orkney.

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Key Value
Catalogue number FHR084
Barcode 5060216349084
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Preludium 02:12
2. A Fancy in E minor 02:12
3. Lord Strang's March 02:12
4. Lachrimae pavan 02:12
5. The Frog Galliard 02:12
6. Fantasy in E major 02:12
7. Sir John smith's Almain 02:12
8. Can She Excuse My Wrongs 02:12
9. Forlorne Hope Fancy 02:12
10. Lady Clifton's Spirit 02:12
11. Mrs White's Thing 02:12
12. Mrs White's Nothing 02:12
13. Tremolo Fancy 02:12
14. Loth to Depart 02:12
15. Lady Hunsdon's Puffe 02:12
16. Mrs Winters Jump 02:12
17. Fancy in B minor 02:12
18. Queen Elizabeth's Galliard 02:12
19. The Shoemaker's Wife 02:12
20. Farewell 02:12