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Thomas Campion

Catherine Bott reflects on the life and work of Thomas Campion, a physician in Elizabethan times, who was celebrated for both his poetry and his many songs.

Catherine Bott reflects on the life, poetry and music of the Elizabethan/Jacobean London-based physician Thomas Campion. He was as celebrated for his poems as for his many songs, and his most famous piece is considered to be Never Weather-Beaten Saile, which was familiar as a hymn for many years after his death.

Campion's legacy of love songs and a large collection of poetry and pamphlets on music and literature, as well as his many masques, have made him an important figure in the history of Renaissance art, even if he is perhaps less well-known than his contemporary John Dowland.

The programme includes a wide selection of recordings of Campion's music alongside readings from his poetry and his masques.

Playlist:

Thomas Campion: Never weather-beaten saile
Drew Minter (countertenor)
Paul O'Dette (lute)
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907023
Track: 22

Thomas Campion: Come cheerful day
Rachel Elliott (soprano)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Peter Harvey (baritone)
Nigel North (lute)
Linn CKD 105
Track: 1

Thomas Campion: Turn back you wanton flyer; It fell on a summers day
Michael Chance (countertenor)
Nigel North (lute)
Linn CKD 105
Tracks: 3 and 4

Reading: Canto Primo by Thomas Campion
(narrated by Malcolm Raeburn)

Thomas Campion: I care not for these ladies
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Elizabth Kenny (lute)
HYPERION CDA 67268
Track: 2

Segue

Thomas Campion: Come let us sound with melody
Steven Rickards (countertenor)
Dorthoy Linell (lute)
NAXOS 8.553380
Track: 1

Reading: Rose Cheekt Lawra, Come by Thomas Campion
(narrated by Malcolm Raeburn)

Thomas Campion: My love hath vowd
Rachel Elliott (soprano)
Nigel North (lute)
Linn CKD 105
Track: 7

Thomas Campion: Now hath Flora robbed her bowers
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
David Miller (theorbo, lute)
Joanna Levine (consort bass viol)
Mark Levy (lyra bass)
HYPERION CDA 67268
Track: 7

Segue

Reading (excerpt from Lord Hay's Masque by Thomas Campion)

Thomas Campion: Mr Confess's Coranto
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
HYPERION CDA 67268
Track: 8

Segue

Reading (excerpt from Lord Hay's Masque by Thomas Campion)

Thomas Campion: Lord Hayes Masque
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
David Miller (theorbo, lute)
Joanna Levine (consort bass viol)
Mark Levy (lyra bass)
HYPERION CDA 67268
Track: 10

segue

Thomas Campion: Move now with measured sound
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
David Miller (theorbo, lute)
Joanna Levine (consort bass viol)
Mark Levy (lyra bass)
HYPERION CDA 67268
Track: 9

Thomas Campion: The cypress curtain of the night
Michael Chance (countertenor)
Nigel North (lute)
Linn CKD 105
Track: 23

Thomas Campion: The peacefull westerne winde
Rachel Elliott (soprano)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Peter Harvey (baritone)
Nigel North (lute)
Concordia
Linn CKD 105
Track: 2

Thomas Campion: Author of Light (4th Book)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Elizabeth Kenny (lute)
David Miller (theorbo, lute)
HYPERION CDA 67268
Track: 22.

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