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Sting's "Songs From the Labyrinth"
ariel | October 29, 2006 at 10:08 amby
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Listening to the October 10 Deutsche Grammophon release of "Songs From the Labyrinth" will not earn you street credit, unless your goal is to impress classical lute players. Sting teamed up with legendary lutenist and guitarist Edin Karamozov to produce “Songs From the Labyrinth,” which features the songs and words of John Dowland (1563-1626), an Elizabethan composer. Sting, who was introduced to the work of John Dowland in the early eighties, has made a prolific amount of music, having sold over 20 million CDs in the U.S. alone. Sting breaks new (and at the same time, ancient) ground with his debut into the classical world.
In “Songs From the Labyrinth’s” press release, Sting remarks that the songs of John Dowland “are pop songs written around 1600 and I relate to them in that way; beautiful melodies, fantastic lyrics and great accompaniments.” Similar to sonnets set to chords, “Songs From the Labyrinth” (...)