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The Mad Lover
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, Thomas Dunford
Harmonia Mundi
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November 20, 2020

Exalted melancholy A violin and a lute: with this choice line-up, our pair of instrumentalists – and frequent partners on the current Baroque music scene – illuminates some aspects of an elusive amalgam that constitutes the 17th-century English notion of melancholy. The inconsolable ‘Mad Lover’ of the album title is reimagined by Théotime Langlois de Swarte and Thomas Dunford as a character from the reign of Charles II: a tale told through music from the pen of such violin virtuosos as the prodigiously gifted Nicola Matteis. Heightened by the exuberance and abandon common to those musicians transplanted from Italy, the beguiling nuances of this language of yearning and loss continue to echo in the popular music of our time.

  1. 1 John Eccles Ground from The Mad Lover Suite (Aire V)
  2. 2 Daniel Purcell Sonata sesta for violino solo I.Adagio
  3. 3 Daniel Purcell Sonata sesta for violino solo II.Allegro
  4. 4 Daniel Purcell Sonata sesta for violino solo III.Adagio
  5. 5 Daniel Purcell Sonata sesta for violino solo VI.allegro
  6. 6 Thomas Dunford Improvisation for solo lute
  7. 7 Nicola Matteis Variations on La Folia (Division on a Ground)
  8. 8 Nicola Matteis Jr Fantasia in A minor / la mineur
  9. 9 Nicola Matteis Sarabanda amorosa, Suite in A minor / en la mineur
  10. 10 Diverse bizzarie sopra la vecchia sarabanda o pur Ciaccona
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