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From a young counter-tenor/director to one with venerable experience, Dominique Visse explores the doleful world of that professional depressive, John Dowland, in Tunes of Sad Despaire , accompanied by the viol consort Fretwork and lutenist Eric Bellocq and with occasional assistance from sepulchrally toned bass Renaud Delaigue. Visse’s faintly Mediterranean approach to Elizabethan English (bravo to him for tackling authentic pronunciation) emphasises an atmosphere perpetually on the verge of tearful precipitation, awash with a melancholy enhanced by the limpid sound quality.

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