Lutenist Nigel North is at it again. This time it’s for volume four of John Dowland‘s lute music, titled “The Queen’s Galliard.” This recording is completely devoted to Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite courtly dance of French origin, the Galliard. Over 25 tracks, you’ll hear Dowland’s many variations on this dance form.
Nigel North is a lutenist with little equal. His recorded output alone is like a catalog for what is possible on the instrument. From Dowland to Bach transcriptions, North’s sensitivity is coupled with an excitement for the repertoire that comes shining through each performance.
Our quick pick this week is from pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher who lends his own creative energy to three piano concerti of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart along with his very talented wife, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher. They perform with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.