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Free Download: John Eccles’s The Mad Lover Suite

Violinist Theotime Langlois de Swarte and lutenist Thomas Dunford join forces in this new recording released on the Harmonia Mundi label (violin), Thomas Dunford (lute)


This week’s free download is Aire V from John Eccles’s The Mad Lover Suite, an incidental suite based on the composer’s musical setting of the Jacobean stage play The Mad Lover. It is performed here by violinist Theotime Langlois de Swarte and lutenist Thomas Dunford on their new album, The Mad Lover, released on the Harmonia Mundi label. It was awarded a five-star review in the January issue of BBC Music Magazine.


‘Taking its name from John Fletcher’s Jacobean tragicomedy, The Mad Lover offers a taste of England’s sensual, passionate, sometimes wild, often eccentric musical soundscape in the years around 1700,’ writes critic Kate Bolton-Porciatti. ‘Ornate and refined sonatas rub shoulders here with popular, foot-tapping numbers, many of them founded on ground basses that recur, like an obsessional memory, throughout the programme.’

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