10/16/06 07:52 am - straight in at number one - some four centuries after their first release...
good to see an album of john dowland's songs back at the top of both the pop and the classical charts;
a little late, perhaps - but it is the second time at the top of the charts for his songs... *g*
critics may with justice pick the odd hole in sting's diction, but these songs were written to be sung live by fallible human beans accompanied by skilled - but still humanly fallible - lutenists: and this is precisely how they are presented on the chart-topping album by sting, in song and on the lute, which he has bothered to learn to play, with accompaniment by his lutemaster.
it might be considered insufficiently fashionably elizabethanly goth [-ic] to do anything so crudely rustic as to give three rousing cheers - but, despite the spanish [a] ambassador's bon mot, dowland non semper dolens - witness "fine knacks for ladies" - so three cheers anyway for one of the greatest english songwrters & lutenists of all time!
[a] - or was it the italian ambassador? i disremember