Elizabethan lute songs and solos
''In the Theatre'' is the genre heading for the first group. The songs are Shakespearean and include the traditional setting of The Willow Song which so fascinated Percy Grainger. The lute pieces, interspersed, include what used to be known as Wolsey's Wild, though the 'Wild' (so Robert Spencer's useful sleeve-notes tell us) is more correctly that of the comedian Robert Wilson. Then comes a group headed ''At Court'', starting with a cheerful pack of lies called Eliza is the fairest Queen. Songs by Dowland range from the humorously punctuated Away with these self-loving lads to the profound melancholy of In darkness let me dwell, and the programme ends with Italian songs to the more robust accompaniment of the chitarrone; a catchy tune to a nonchalant lyric about having a good time is the most memorable. There is some stylish playing, accompanist and singer sharing a lively rhythmic sense. The voice itself is not one that I like, but there are plenty who do; the habitual aspirating (the word 'sealed' in ''sealed in vain'', for instance, acquires three h's in the course of its four notes) is something at which I habitually chafe, but there are plenty who don't.'