Ravish'd with Sacred Extasies
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
David Miller lute and theorbo
A highly acclaimed recording of Elizabethan & Restoration devotional Songs to the lute and theorbo by Campian, Dowland, Humfrey & Purcell, with rarely heard lute & theorbo music by John Lawrence & John Wilson.
"Throughout, Manahan Thomas fits the sound to the sense, allowing herself to be (almost!) breathlessly transported when appropriate, while never allowing either diction, intonation or purity of tone to suffer. Moreover, she manages to hint at the latent sensuality in many of the texts without any lapse in taste.
Whether on the lute or on the theorbo, Miller's solos and accompaniments are similarly models of good taste and sound judgement. An outstanding release."
Robert Levett, International Record Review
Within weeks of its release this CD received the coveted Supersonic Award by Pizzicato Magazine, in Luxembourg.
Photos: William Unwin
"Where Musick and Devotion joyn,
The way to Canaan pleasant is;
We travel on with Songs Divine,
Ravish'd with Sacred Extasies."
Henry Playford, 'Harmonia Sacra', 1688