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Composer: Johnson, Robert (1583-1633)

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Year of birth1583
Year of death1633
NationalityUnknown
PeriodEarly
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Bostridge's Shakespeare Songs at Wigmore Hall

Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Shakespeare songs turned out to be more of a Shakespeare feast starring Antonio Pappano, Ian Bostridge and the exceptional Eve Best.
***11
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Tenderness and passion from Stile Antico and Fretwork

Stile Antico © Marco Borggreve
Ancient and modern Shakespeare settings, and music from Shakespeare's contemporaries given tender and passionate readings in a varied programme from Fretwork and Stile Antico.
*****
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Early English masters from Andreas Scholl

Andreas Scholl © James McMillan
Inhibited by a cold and unable to give a full 100%, Andreas Scholl pulled off a solid 99 in a recital of early English music with harpsichordist Tamar Halperin.
****1
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The Wonder of Will: Shakespeare through the prism in New York

Stile Antico © Marco Borggreve
A ravishing performance, with Shakespeare’s words delivered primarily through the prism of living composers.
****1
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Magnificent melancholy at midnight

Iestyn Davies © Marco Borggreve
There comes a stage in every countertenor’s career when he feels himself ready to tackle the exposed repertoire of John Dowland, and hence the need to find himself a talented lutenist.
****1
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