According to Paul O’Dette, the performer on this superb album, one of the greatest sources of seventeenth century lute music is the manuscript known as ‘ Lord. important than the one most recently acquired-Lord Herbert of. Cherbury’s lute- book. Like many other valuable music books, it was once in the collection of. by Paul O’Dette; Edward Herbert Herbert of Cherbury, Baron; Jacques Gautier; Luc Despond; Daniel Bacheler; Robert Johnson; Lorenzino; Diomedes Cato;.

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The early seventeenth-century lute book of Lord Herbert of Cherbury, inter alia a diplomat, contains pieces, mostly by leading composers of the day and many with no other source, which gives a unique overview of the last years of the ten-course renaissance lute. Cherbury was virtually self-taught but, if he was able to play many of the pieces in his book, his contacts with prominent international lutenists must have done wonders for both his technique and his knowledge of French and Italian styles.

Looking at O’Dette’s selected menu you might think ”Another hors d’oeuvres—28 items in 77 minutes”, but you would be doing it less than justice. A roll-call of composers some on record for the first timea variety of styles and some striking music—start with the Fantasias of Hely, though I don’t have the space to tell you where to end—ensure that one’s attention doesn’t wander. All this would count for much less if it were not for O’Dette’s majestic performances; he is the most prodigiously equipped of today’s lutenists and he shows it.


Even in the most demanding of passages and there are many of them he is in control of the fate of every note. Dowland wrote a Galliard upon a galliard of Daniel Bachlar and Bacheler’s very characteristic response is a welcome part of a programme that adds cherburyy much fresh and strong material to the catalogue, and is so superbly played and recorded. In bringing what is in truth somewhat esoteric repertory to life and making it speak appealingly to today’s listeners, O’Dette is a worthy and, for those who care deeply about such things, more academically ‘correct’ successor to Julian Bream.

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Jaques Gautier d’Angleterre Composer. Courante sur le Courante de Perrichon. Miscellaneous pieces in Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s. Variations on Dowland’s ‘Earl of Essex Galliard’.


Variations on ‘La jeune fillette’. Robert I Johnson Composer. Fantasia sopra ‘la canzon degli Ucelli’ Janequin. Pavan of the composition of mee Herbert of Cherbur.

Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s Lute Book

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