Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

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Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by Erik Zurcher » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:49 am

This is my unedited recording of Niel Gow's "Lament for the death of his second wife". The arrangement in D is by David Crooks, but I have added an intro. Because this is a lament, I have kept a slow tempo.
Widower Niel Gow married his second wife, Margaret Urquhart in 1768, and they went on to share a happy marriage until she died in 1805, Niel died at Inver on 1 March 1807, aged 80. This means we can date this work anywhere between 1805 and 1807.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by Denian Arcoleo » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:24 am

Beautifully done Erik. I like the slow tempo a lot. As I listened I could picture Gow sitting on a rock in the Highlands playing this song in memory of his wife.

:bravo:

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Post by oski79 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:14 pm

Erik, that's truly gorgeous. Nicely done!

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by Kenbobpdx » Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:40 pm

Erik,
Very nicely done. It seems we were both up late with Neil Gow last night :) Its interesting to me how this piece evokes different emotions at different tempos. Yours is very mournful, laden with sadness while Denian's version at a higher tempo has a feeling of release from the sadness of loss while still evoking the pain.

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Post by Julio » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:04 pm

I have researched Gow on this forum and have noticed how popular this piece is here! Yet again, another beautiful rendition. Thanks for recording and posting your interpretation. ITs as lovely as all the others on Delcamp! One more masterpiece and master recording to add to the ever growing magic on this websight! Thank you for the inspiration sir erick...I now will download a copy of the score and attemp to play this.
before i came to DelCamp i had never heard of this composer. now i want to play his music! Wonderful!

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by Figolo » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Another beautiful recording of Lament.
Thank you Eric.

:bravo: :merci:

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Post by KeMe » Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:11 am

:bravo:
Fantastic performance!
This is probably the most beautiful piece of music ever written and your interpretation brings out the love and tears of a heartbroken man. Wow, what a powerful piece of music. What a gift Niel Gow gave to the world.
I can't believe that I missed seeing this sooner.
Thank you for being the highlight of my day with this performance.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by George Crocket » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:42 am

Thanks to Kay for bringing this back - I missed it when I was on holiday.

It really is a beautiful piece and I like David Crooks' arrangement. Your recording is very enjoyable, Erik - quite evocative.

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Post by Myles » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:22 am

Thank you for posting this. I have been struggling with making this piece sound as good as I know it should. I have been hesitant to play it at the tempo you have played. Your version is beautiful and very tastefully ornamented. I'm inspired.

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Post by kurt guitar » Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:53 am

thank you for this. just realized this: 37 years of marrage between the two lovers. so beauitful. am i the only one to mention how wonderful your intro is.?

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Post by Chimensch » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:35 pm

Very moving. Thanks for posting it.

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Post by Linda » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:39 am

So So beautiful. Thanks so much for playing with such kindness and tenderness.

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by remmus » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:07 pm

Oh Erik! That is SO lovely. I love your tempo (I like slower tempos anyway!) and I can feel your emotion coming through while playing it. Awesome recording I must say! :bravo: :casque: :bravo:
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Post by charlesivey » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:49 am

Eric,
Ah, so poignant, and beautifully played. Yes, this one is a statement of love albeit a sober yet powerful love.
Thank for this view into such a great piece of music.
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Post by edmortguitar » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:57 pm

I listened to this with my headphones on and it was magical. Lovely tone, gorgeous pace ,beautiful feel and a true inspiration. I'm going to send this to my phone so that I can listen to it everywhere and anywhere. Well done ,Erik.

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