The Dowland Project: Carecharming Sleep Released in 2000, In Darkness Let Me Dwell was one of the year's true sleepers: a gorgeous set of lute songs by lachrymose late-16th-and early-17th-century… The Dowland Project: Carecharming Sleep Released in 2000, In Darkness Let Me Dwell was one of the year's true sleepers: a gorgeous set of lute songs by lachrymose late-16th-and early-17th-century… John Potter
Music Review

The Dowland Project: Care-charming Sleep (Fall 2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: John Potter

Released in 2000, In Darkness Let Me Dwell was one of the year's true sleepers: a gorgeous set of lute songs by lachrymose late-16th-and early-17th-century composer John Dowland performed by Hilliard Ensemble vocalist John Potter with a hint of dark blue jazz flavor. This set reconvenes his group -- including supple Euro-jazz reed player John Surman -- to reshape songs and madrigals by Dowland's contemporaries and successors. The selections may be less exquisitely sad, perhaps, but are no less beautiful. FACT-CHECKING DEPT. The writer of ''Care-charming Sleep,'' Robert Johnson, is not the soul-selling Delta bluesman, but a court lutenist for England's King James I.

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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