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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Thomas Dunford & Théotime Langlois de Swarte

Composer: John Eccles (1668-1735), Nicola Matteis (1670-1760), Daniel Purcell (1660-1717), Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

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  • John Eccles (1668 - 1735): The Mad Lover Suite:
  • 1The Mad Lover Suite: Ground. Aire V03:41
  • Daniel Purcell (1664 - 1717): Sonata sesta for violino solo:
  • 2Sonata sesta for violino solo: I. Adagio01:57
  • 3Sonata sesta for violino solo: II. Allegro [1]00:59
  • 4Sonata sesta for violino solo: III. Adagio02:22
  • 5Sonata sesta for violino solo: VI. Allegro [2]01:08
  • Thomas Dunford (b. 1988):
  • 6Improvisation for solo lute05:34
  • Nicola Matteis (1650 - 1714):
  • 7Variations on La Folia05:15
  • Nicola Matteis Jr. (1670 - 1737):
  • 8Fantasia in A Minor 'Alia Fantasia'04:05
  • Nicola Matteis:
  • 9Suite in A Minor: V. Sarabanda amorosa (Adagio)02:28
  • 10Diverse bizzarrie sopra la vecchia sarabanda o pur Ciaccona05:08
  • Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695):
  • 11Prelude in G Minor, ZN. 77301:44
  • Clancy Eccles (1680 - 1740): Violin Sonata in G Minor:
  • 12Violin Sonata in G Minor: I. Grave03:19
  • 13Violin Sonata in G Minor: II. Courante01:41
  • 14Violin Sonata in G Minor: III. Adagio02:08
  • 15Violin Sonata in G Minor: IV. Vivace01:03
  • Nicola Matteis: Suite in G Major:
  • 16Suite in G Major: I. Preludio01:27
  • 17Suite in G Major: II. Grave01:54
  • 18Suite in G Major: III. Sarabanda03:57
  • 19Suite in G Major: IV. Aria Burlesca02:21
  • 20Suite in G Major: V. Capriccio01:51
  • 21Suite in G Major: VI. Giga Al Genio Turchesco00:48
  • Clancy Eccles: Sonata Quinta in E Minor:
  • 22Sonata Quinta in E Minor: I. Andante03:29
  • 23Sonata Quinta in E Minor: II. Courente02:14
  • 24Sonata Quinta in E Minor: III. Largo05:31
  • 25Sonata Quinta in E Minor: IV. Presto02:25
  • Nicola Matteis Jr.:
  • 26Fantasia in C Minor, "con discretione"04:47
  • Clancy Eccles:
  • 27A new division upon the ground bass of "John come and kiss me"04:51
  • John Eccles:
  • 28The Mad Lover Suite: Ground. Aire III02:01
  • Total Runtime01:20:08

Info for The Mad Lover

Violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte and lutist Thomas Dunford illuminate aspects of the elusive amalgamation that is the 17th-century English notion of melancholy. The inconsolable 'Mad Lover' of the album title is reimagined as a character from the reign of Charles II. This tale is told through music from the pen of such violin virtuosos as the prodigiously gifted Nicola Matteis. Heightened by the exuberance and abandon common to those musicians transplanted from Italy, the beguiling nuances of this language of yearning and loss continue to echo in the popular music of our time.

Thomas Dunford, lute
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin

Thomas Dunford
Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford discovered the lute at the age of nine, thanks to his first teacher Claire Antonini. He completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained a unanimous First Prize with honours in the class of Charles-Édouard Fantin. Thomas continued his studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Hopkinson Smith, and was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in 2009. From September 2003 through to January 2005, Thomas gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie Française. Since then, Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and made numerous solo or ensemble appearances in the most prestigious European festivals, including Ambronay, Arc La Bataille, Bozar, La Chaise-Dieu, Nantes, Saintes and Utrecht, and has also performed further afield in the United States, Israel, China, Japan and India.

Thomas has recorded extensively with leading ensembles including Cappella Mediterranea, Ensemble Clematis, La Serenissima, À Deux Violes Esgales, Capriccio Stravagante, Pygmalion and Arcangelo. He is attracted to a wide variety of music including jazz, and has collaborated in chamber music projects with conductors and soloists including Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Nicola Benedetti, Alain Buet, William Christie, Jonathan Cohen, Christophe Coin, Iestyn Davies, Bobby McFerrin, Monica Huggett, Alexis Kossenko, François Lazarevitch, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hugo Reyne, Skip Sempé and Jean Tubéry.

Booklet for The Mad Lover

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