Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lute, voice, cover

My latest review at ClevelandClassical is of Mignarda, a duo of lutanist Ron Andrico and mezzo Donna Stewart. Along with the usual lutesong material, which they didn't perform Sunday, but which they do very well, they perform "intabulations" -- arrangements of polyphonic motets for lute and single voice. It's haunting, different, a definite early-music version of a "cover." Here's an example, which you'll probably recognize, and which was their encore Sunday:


Here's an example of them doing more standard lutesong from the great John Dowland: 
The concert was in the beautiful Gothic revival Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, which I'd never been in before. 

When I started thinking about "covers" to songs, this wonderful Stevie Wonder version of the Beatles came to mind:

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