Celebrating the candlelit intimacy and storytelling environment of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Songs from Our Ancestors marks the debut release of Globe Music.

A highly anticipated collaboration between British tenor Ian Bostridge and award-winning Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang is a collection of English and Chinese folk songs captured for the first time on disc.

The album presents a carefully selected collection of songs that reflects their respective heritages, from pieces by John Dowland to Schubert and Benjamin Britten via Chinese and English folk settings, and two premieres commisioned by Bostridge and Yang by Stephen Goss and Chen Yi. Intersecting with the history of the Playhouse are folk tunes from the Ming Dynasty and five of Dowland's most iconic songs, marking the first time Ian Bostridge has recorded this famous English material.


Release Date: Sept 2016
Label: Globe Music
Format: CD, digital
Producer: Bill Barclay
Location: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, London UK


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