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Lutenist Edin Karamazov and Sting
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STING: SONGS FROM THE LABYRINTH premieres on February 26, 2007 on PBS (check local listings).

Born in 1563 into an age of religious and political strife, English composer and court musician John Dowland has captivated performers and listeners alike with his serene and introspective music since the late 16th century. Composed primarily for lute but also for small ensembles, Dowland's music remains arresting in its simplicity, spellbinding with melancholy and joy. It is perhaps inevitable that Sting -- one of today's most internationally acclaimed troubadours -- would be drawn to revisit Dowland's work from a contemporary perspective, some 400 years after the composer's death. "The songs of John Dowland have been gently haunting me for over 20 years," says the Grammy Award-winning Sting, who had little knowledge of the composer until the gift of an exquisitely manufactured lute rekindled his interest in the Elizabethan musician. SONGS FROM THE LABYRINTH features Sting's yearning tenor accompanied by acclaimed Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov to perform Dowland's timeless songs, interspersed with recitations from Dowland's personal correspondence to offer insight into his life and times.

When SONGS FROM THE LABYRINTH was released last October, the CD, Sting's first for the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, debuted at #1 on BILLBOARD's Traditional Classical Chart and then went on to become the top-selling classical record of 2006, according to the magazine's year-end chart. Get a quick overview of the careers of Sting and lutenist Edin Karamazov, the evening's featured performers, in profiles. Read more about John Dowland, the 16th-century composer and musician whose songs gave rise to Sting's new CD, in the biography. Find all the music included in the special in the song list, and vote for your favorite Sting record in the poll.

Top banner photos: Lake House garden, Edin Karamazov and Sting performing at London's St. Luke's Church, and Sting.

Lutenist Edin Karamazov and Sting.

Lutenist Edin Karamazov and Sting.


A carved labyrinth inside the lute inspired the CD's name.

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The DVD/CD set is available.

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