Matthew Wadsworth – additional discography

not-just-dowland, Carolyn Sampson & Matthew Wadsworth Not Just Dowland
Songs for soprano and lute by Dowland, Rosseter, Johnson, Grandi et al.
Wigmore Hall live recording.

Carolyn Sampson : soprano
Matthew Wadsworth : lute, theorbo

Together [Sampson & Wadsworth] weave a superb tapestry of little-known 17th-century vocal music.   – Album of the Week, The IndependentNot a syllable lost in terms of clarity or potency, whether in the dark drama of Robert Johnson or the sensuality of Caccini’s Amarilli mi bella in this imaginative survey of 16th- and 17th-century song. Wadsworth’s acute sense of phrase and colour is spellbinding.   – Recording of the forthnight, Classical Music Magazine


the-knight-of-the-lute, Matthew Wadsworth The Knight of the Lute
Solo recital with music from John Downland’s Varitie of lute lessons of 1610

Matthew Wadsworth : lute

CCSSA 25408


masters-of-the-lute, Matthew Wadsworth Masters of the lute
Solo recital disc with works by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, Allesandro Piccinini, Giovanni Kapsberger et al.

Matthew Wadsworth : lute, theorbo

CCSSA 24206

This is Matthew Wadsworth’s finest release to date… a gem of an album, which exudes intelligence, sensitivity and sheer class… A richly painted recital that really shouldn’t be missed.  – Gramophone, Editors Choice
when-laura-smiles, Matthew Wadsworth When Laura Smiles
Songs and lute solos by Thomas Rosseter.

James Glichrist : tenor
Matthew Wadsworth : lute

AV 2074

It’s hard to believe that this is the first album devoted exclusively to the music of Philip Rosseter, lutenist to the court of James I and one-time manager of the Children of the Queen’s Revels. Rosseter’s discographic neglect is all the more surprising given the sheer quality of his lute solos and songs, performed here with great subtlety and expressive nuance by Matthew Wadsworth and James Gilchrist. Wadsworth’s intensely focused playing flows direct from the heart. Recommended.  – Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine


away-delights, Matthew Wadsworth Away Delights
Lute songs and solos from Shakespeare’s England by Robert Johnson.

Carolyn Sampson : soprano
Matthew Wadsworth : lute

AV 2053

A beautifully crafted programme and restrained, crystalline performances… Carolyn Sampson’s voice is flexible and sensuous, her legato line never spoiled by, although still subordinated to, the poetry’s metrical exigencies, resulting in a gentle declamatory style. And the expressive rhetoric of Johnson’s solo music is thoroughly explored by Wadsworth – the pavans and almains which punctuate the recital are transformed by stylish, insightful playing into beautiful meditations. Here are lost loves, madness and death. A beautiful pall over your evening’s listening.  – William Yeoman, Gramophone, 2005


14-silver-strings, Matthew Wadsworth 14 Silver Strings
Music by Kapsberger and Piccinini

Matthew Wadsworth : theorbo
Gary Cooper : harpsichord, organ
Mark Levy : viola da gamba, lirone, violone

Deux Elles DXL 1044

A ringing endorsement of the beauty of the theorbo in a distinguished recital… Wadsworth has an imperious command of some impressive solo material… he glories in the fleeting mysteries of these works, allowing the notes to speak with unequivocal conviction.  – Editor’s choice, Gramaphone Magazine