Lutenist Nigel North teams up with countertenor Michael Chance to record Campion's songs with traditional lute accomaniment.
Renowned as one of the world's most respected lutenists Nigel North is has developed a unique musical life embracing work as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer.
'Eloquently phrased and coloured playing.' BBC Music Magazine
'Michael Chance does [Campion] a big favour by recording a selection for Linn Records, persuading us that these songs are not just artful, but pregnant with emotional fibre.' Financial Times
'Unfailingly musical and stylish performances - full of warmth and clarity.' Gramophone
Thomas Campion (1567-1620) holds a unique place in the history of Elizabethan and Jacobean
musical culture as a great poet who was also a consummate musician.
His English Ayres epitomise the sound of Shakespeare's England. Although his music is too often overshadowed by that of his contemporary John Dowland,
Campion's delightful Ayres explore a wide emotional range and vary in scale from a single voice with lute
to a mixed group of singers and instrumentalists.
Michael Chance has established a worldwide reputation as the leading exponent of the male alto voice.
His numerous accolades include a Grammy award for his participation in Handel's Semele. Nigel North is one of the world's foremost lutenists and is held in the highest regard as a soloist and chamber musician. The English Ayre (Rachel Elliot - soprano, Mark Padmore - Tenor, Peter Harvey - baritone) and Concordia (Mark Levy - viol, Alison McGilivray - viol, Joanna Levine - viol) also feature on this intriguing recording.