John Dowland

The people of Renaissance London were treated to some of the best tunes in the land, played by the best musicians - and one modern group is revitalizing these old favorites.

Hopkinson Smith
Philippe Gontier

In American lutenist Hopkinson Smith's new album, he has given his own titles to unnamed Renaissance-era pieces.

On his new album Mr. Dowland's Fortune, Carreca breathes new life into pieces by John Dowland - a celebrated 16th-century English lutenist - by playing them on an instrument made in 2012, by lute maker Stephen Murphy.