Songs from the Labyrinth
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm; 100 g
- メーカー : Deutsche Grammophon
- EAN : 0602517031395
- 製造元リファレンス : 1703139
- 時間 : 48 分
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Deutsche Grammophon
- ASIN : B000G8OYZS
- ディスク枚数 : 1
2006 classical project from the former Police main man and successful solo artist featuring the music of acclaimed Elizabethan songwriter, John Dowland (1563-1626). Sting is joined on this recording by much-admired lutenist Edin Karamazov, in what he describes as "a soundtrack to Dowland's life in words and music". Packaged in a digipak. Deutsche Grammophon.
2006 classical project from the former Police mainman and successful solo artist featuring the music of acclaimed Elizabethan songwriter, John Dowland (1563-1626). Sting is joined on this recording by much-admired lutenist Edin Karamazov, in what he describes as "a soundtrack to Dowland's life in words and music". Packaged in a digipak. Deutsche Grammophon.
リュートの演奏 & StingのVoのみの、とてもシンプルな音像です。
「Sting = 現代のDowland？、Dowland = 中世のSting？」と思う人も多いと思います。
Sting (Vo, Archlute on 15,20), Edin Karamazov (Lute, Archlute) の2人です。
古楽の曲集、リュート & Voのみ、途中に手紙の朗読が入る etc、Stingの作品の中では特異な点はあるものの、
「Stingファン」「Dowland, リュート etcに興味がある人」は、一度、聴いてみてください。
ボーナストラック3曲追加、SHM-CD仕様の「 ラビリンス‾スペシャル・エディション 」があります。
The album is a collection of Dowland’s songs, 1 by Robert Johnson who was a contemporary, and a letter written by Dowland to Sir Robert Cecil; secretary of state for Queen Elizabeth I when it was written in 1595. Sting calls it “a musical soundtrack” to the composers life and I think it’s a tribute that Dowland should be proud of. The booklet has plenty of information including the full story of the meeting of Karamazov, the life and times of John Dowland and Sting’s own experiences and opinions on the songs, as well as some original pictures of Dowland’s artefacts.
I actually bought the CD-DVD collection entitled ‘The journey and the labyrinth’ a year before I purchased the original album as I didn’t know how I would take the music and was putting it off for a while. When I watched the DVD documentary and listened to the live CD I was greatly impressed so decided I’d buy the original album and I’m very glad I did!
Having a mix of instrumental songs, lyrical songs - all melancholy in lyric but some being very bright and cheery in music such as Fine knacks for ladies (which uses a choir), the amazing Come again (1 of my favourites) and Clear or cloudy, and the pleading letter to Cecil, it really does give an insight into Dowland’s life and his feelings at the time. Dowland was obviously a very melancholy character, but with wry humour present in many of the lyrics, and some of the songs being quite upbeat and jolly, he definitely wasn’t what some describe as a ‘depressive‘.
My personal favourite from the album is the Robert Johnson (17th century lutenist not Blues musician) song Have you seen the bright lily grow? I can safely say it’s 1 of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. This album is full of real music, as Sting said; “there is nowhere to hide“, it’s just lute and vocal and that simplicity is where the beauty and quality lies. I could name all my favourites but really there isn’t one song that I don’t like. I am not a classically trained musician or a classical buff at all and I’m writing as a fan of a massive range of genres, classical being 1 that I do really appreciate. The music is amazing, and Karamazov’s talent is explicitly displayed in the instrumental Forlorn hope fancy. Together with Sting’s amazing vocals, which he says was a challenge for him, especially for Weep you no more sad fountains, these songs are carried with real eminence. The original album ends with In darkness let me dwell which Karmazov calls “The greatest song ever written in the English language” and was the first Dowland song Karamazov performed for Sting.
For this 2008 Australian and Asian tour special edition there are 3 bonus tracks - Fields of gold; which really fits in well with lute backing, Message in a bottle - live and Have you seen the bright lily grow - live. The live recordings, arguably have more life and vigour than the originals and sound just as great.
This is an incredible project and Sting has shown his versatility as a musician and singer with this masterpiece. I have a lot of respect for Sting because he respects the history of music and that is clearly depicted in this beautiful tribute to these 400 year old compositions. It's far more than just a cover album that's for sure!
Sting does the vocals, but the vast majority of the lute work is done by Edin Karamazov. Of the twenty-three tracks, five are instrumentals and eleven are songs. The remaining seven tracks sees Sting interspersing the songs by reading extracts from Dowland's letters as he travelled around Europe.
Many listeners will be perhaps shocked at the soundworld of the first song, for it is not really what is expected. And yet, shock soon gives way to respect at the raw and not-so-raw techniques involved, such as Sting's harmonising with his own voice. One of the songs is by Robert Johnson, a younger contemporary of Dowland, and this definitely has a different feel to it.
The more I played this disc, the more I liked it (the exact opposite of most pop/rock), for the more I heard, the more I explored: there is here surprisingly much to discover for a disc featuring just two artists. Sting and Edin Karamazov have convinced me that indeed Dowland's songs have a feel for the modern-day, so it would have been interesting if Sting had done an accompanying disc where he performs the eleven songs in a modern setting.
There are good illustrated sleevenotes provided, outlining the history of this project. These include also the lyrics.