Four of the best John Dowland recordings

We recommend some of the greatest Dowland recordings on disc

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Dowland: The Collected Works

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The Consort of Musicke/Rooley
Decca E452 5632

A one-stop shop for Dowland’s major works in 12 authoritative discs.

Complete Lute Music

Nigel North (Lute)
Naxos 8.504016

Supple, sensitive and warmly recorded, North’s artful set is a steal at budget price.

Lachrimae

The Parley of Instruments
Helios CDA55339

The Parley of Instruments performs Lachrimae as a violin consort, giving the work a brighter edge.

Lute Songs

Mark Padmore (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute), Craig Ogden (guitar)
Hyperion CDA67648

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Mark Padmore’s judicious anthology comes with the added bonus of Britten’s guitar tribute to Dowland.