17th-century English Songs

October 7, 2020, 10:00 pm

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Music has always been played and heard everywhere: in the street, at home, in religious settings, and in the theater. Soprano Carolyn Sampson and lutenist Matthew Wadsworth present a program of some of their favorite 17th-century English songs, touching all corners of society, from plaintive folks songs and ballads to the genius and depths of Dowland, Johnson, and Purcell.

Recorded live in concert September 25, 2020, in London’s Wigmore Hall. Tonight’s program will be available as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Traditional (England)
I will give my love an apple
Paggington’s Pound

John Dowland (1563-1626)
Fortune my Foe
In Darkness Let Me Dwell
If my Complaints could Passions move

Robert Johnson (ca 1583-1633)
Away Delights
Oh, let us howl

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
The Fatal Hour Comes on Apace, Z.421
From silent shades and the Elysian groves (“Mad Bess of Bedlam”)
Now that the Sun hath veiled his Light (An Evening Hymn on a Ground), Z.193

Robert Johnson
Have you seen the Bright Lily grow?

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Matthew Wadsworth, lute & theorbo