It's fortunate for me that I decided to start this blog at about the same time that Sting released his new CD "Songs From the Labyrinth" featuring lute songs by John Dowland.
I should have posted about this much sooner, but I was a little intimidated. I have been following some of the online discussions and I have to admit that there are a lot of people who are much better qualified to evaluate this CD than I am.
Still, I would like to share my thoughts and, more importantly, give you an opportunity to do the same.
I'm not a lutenist, but I know enough to recognise that Sting's performance isn't entirely authentic. This doesn't concern me too much, although I can certainly understand how some people might be bothered by it.
I think it's great that a popular musician is willing to experiment in early music. The results might not live up to some people's expectations, but the songs are quite interesting and enjoyable.
The best thing about this CD is the attention it is giving to early music. I have often thought that more people would enjoy early music if they only had more of a chance to be exposed to it. This CD may provide that opportunity.
I recommend that you visit the NPR website for a nice article on Sting's CD. It also has some audio examples and excerpts from an interview.
Please leave a comment about what you think.