Sofie Vanden Eynde
Lute and Theorb

SOLO and solist(s) // LUTE SONGS // IMAGO MUNDI

Marleen Nelen



Lute songs from an Oxford manuscript from 1624

Rebecca Ockenden
, sopraan

Sofie Vanden Eynde, lute

Other than that she was a young and from Oxford, not much is known about Mistress Elizabeth Davenant. Her sole surviving legacy is her collection of songs, which provide a window into her most private thoughts. They allow us to see a woman in search of grand emotions, deep feelings, and the greatest possible self-fulfilment. Her music book contains compositions by, among others, Henry Lawes, John Wilson, Robert Johnson, and Thomas Campion. Rebecca Ockenden (soprano) en Sofie Vanden Eynde (lute)’s interpretation is atmospheric, intimate and heart-warming, continuing the success of their first recording (Ramée, 2011) which was released to an enthusiastic reception by the national and international press.

Music by J. Wilson, R. Johnson, Th. Campion, H. Lawes, and others

Upon request other programmes of this duo are available.

Rebecca Ockenden en Sofie Vanden Eynde met in 2005 while working on a staged oratorio production in Switzerland. They have since enjoyed a fruitful collaboration, exploring the extensive repertoire of the English lute song.
Through their subtle interpretations the two musicians create an atmosphere in their concerts which is both intimate and expressive.
Their first CD appeared in 2011 on the RAMEE label and was enthusiastically received by the international press.

…lute songs for two grandes dames

Emma Kirkby
, sopraan
Sofie Vanden Eynde, lute

In this programme, Emma Kirkby and Sofie Vanden Eynde pay their musical respects to two very grand personages: Princess Elisabeth of Hesse-Kassel and Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland.
The wealth, power and influence these women gained for themselves and their families came at great personal cost, but no more need be said about that here.
The two Elizabeths (the queen was, incidentally, the princess’ godmother) enjoyed a broad, cultural education which included plenty of music, and both played the lute. Elisabeth of Hesse-Kassel was taught by the French lutenist Victor de Montbuisson. Her lute book, compiled for her by her teacher, survives.
John Dowland and Thomas Campion were both prominent composers of Elizabethan lute songs. Given the religious focus of this programme, compositions have been drawn chiefly from Dowland’s fourth book (A Pilgrimes Solace) and Campion’s first (Divine and Moral Songs), supplemented by compositions, both sacred and secular, taken from or connected to Elisabeth’s lute book.
Songs of love in all its manifestations (erotic, platonic, divine, between friends) are richly represented.

Music by J. Dowland, T. Campion,...


Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Romina Lischka, viola da gamba & lyra viol
Sofie Vanden Eynde, lute & bandora

Orpheus and his lyre: how to better picture the power of music? Orpheus could move stones to tears, he even moved to pity the gates of death. Music overturns the world, this the composers of the English Renaissance knew very well.
Even more, music is the soul of the world, a unifying force. Thomas Hobbs celebrates the many facets of music in lutesongs, in particular those of by T. Campion and J. Danyel. It is not solely the lute which accompanies the song, but also less frequently heard instruments such as the lyra viol, the bandora, the orpharion. With their generous strings, these instruments bring to the ears the sound of Orpheus' magical lyre.

Music by J. Danyel, J. Dowland, F. Pilkington,...