Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

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Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by Erik Zurcher » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:15 pm

Reedition Domingo Esteso by Conde Hermanos 2004; Kenny Hill, model Barcelona 2001
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Re: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by moonshadow » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:40 pm

That might be one of the most beautiful versions I’ve ever heard.
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Post by DevonBadger » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:10 pm

Wonderful, thanks Erik. Who was it?

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Post by Erik Zurcher » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:20 pm

Bjarte Eike (violin) and Barokksolistene from Norway playing Neil Gow's Lament for the death of his second wife.
The story behind this piece: 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. He was so heartbroken that he couldn't touch his fiddle for a whole year. He played this tune when he eventually picked up his instrument. 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: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by RHSOldboy » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:52 am

Wonderful .... beautiful! Thank you, Eric.

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Post by DevonBadger » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:14 am

Erik Zurcher wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:20 pm
Bjarte Eike (violin) and Barokksolistene from Norway playing Neil Gow's Lament for the death of his second wife.
This from the Barokksolistene website...

"The Alehouse Sessions – curated and devised by Bjarte Eike – is an ever changing and evolving insight into the music of the English 17th Century tavern."

What a fantastic sounding project! Another great new discovery courtesy of Delcamp - thanks again Erik.

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Re: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by es335 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:39 am

Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:46 am

Ooh I love a lament in a major key ... can't help wondering how often such a tune was heard in a 17th century English tavern, not least as it was written in the 19th :? .
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Re: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by DevonBadger » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:39 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:46 am
Ooh I love a lament in a major key ... can't help wondering how often such a tune was heard in a 17th century English tavern, not least as it was written in the 19th :? .
Fair point. I was scanning the group's website and for some reason the 'alehouse' project caught my eye, but that's separate to this lament.

But maybe you were just pulling my leg anyway :)

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Re: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:54 pm

DevonBadger wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:39 pm
Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:46 am
Ooh I love a lament in a major key ... can't help wondering how often such a tune was heard in a 17th century English tavern, not least as it was written in the 19th :? .
Fair point. I was scanning the group's website and for some reason the 'alehouse' project caught my eye, but that's separate to this lament.

But maybe you were just pulling my leg anyway :)
Wasn't really, honest, and I'd assumed the presence of ale bottles and a couple of players apparently having a quick pint in the background meant it was part of that project.
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Re: Most sorrowful version of Neil Gow's Lament

Post by Erik Zurcher » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:42 pm



Reedition Domingo Esteso by Conde Hermanos 2004; Kenny Hill, model Barcelona 2001
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