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Pavans & Fantasies from the Age of Dowland / John Holloway


Release Date: 06/03/2014 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002079602  
Composer:  John DowlandHenry PurcellWilliam LawesJohn Jenkins,   ... 
Performer:  Susana HeftiJohn HollowayMonica BaerRenate Steinmann,   ... 

Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The centerpiece of this 50-minute program is John Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavans, a series of seven pavanes based on his own song, “Flow My Tears”. Scored by Dowland for five viols and lute, they are here transposed for four violas and bass violin (elsewhere on the program, Holloway and Baer play violin as well) by the marvelous Baroque violinist John Holloway, and as such offer a more varied tonal palette. Each of the seven is described by Dowland as a different type of tears: Sighing Tears, True Tears, A Lover’s Tears, etc. The listener can’t actually tell the difference, but the overall sense of melancholy is gloriously overwhelming.

Dowland spices his harmonies with bitter dissonances
Read more at times—the sting of sadness is part of the experience, not just the drear. The music is so achingly beautiful that, oddly, it doesn’t have the same effect as, say, Shostakovich’s wrist-slashing last quartet, and in addition Holloway has made the wise decision to break up the seven Dowland pieces, placing another work of the period by a different composer between each. Some are, if not exactly cheerful, at least in a different mode and style, like Purcell’s gorgeous Fantasy upon one note, which, while beginning and ending in grief, allows for moments of dance and contains such weird dissonances in its less-than-three-minute playing time that it can make one’s teeth hurt. William Lawes’ Fantasy in C for 5 is a whiz-bang of contrapuntal gamesmanship, and John Jenkins’ Fantasy No. 12 for 2 Trebles and Bass offers a sharp contrast between high and low, and goes from a fugal start through a rich melodic lament and an odd gigue-like spell before resolving into resigned gloom. If I’ve not made this sound appealing, forgive me—it’s a ravishing listening experience, exactly the right length, played and recorded stunningly. ECM’s notes are up to their usual standards, both as education and entertainment.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae verae by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
2. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae tristes by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
3. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae gementes by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
4. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae coactae by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
5. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae novae by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
6. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
7. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae amantis by John Dowland
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
8. Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
9. Airs by William Lawes
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
10. Fantasy a 4 no 12 in D major by John Jenkins
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
11. First Booke of Canzonets to 2 Voyces: Il lamento by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1593; England 
12. Broken Consort, Part 1: Fantasy by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1661; England 
13. Fantasy a 5 in C major by William Lawes
Performer:  Susana Hefti (Viola), John Holloway (Violin/Viola), Monica Baer (Violin/Viola),
Renate Steinmann (Violin), Martin Zeller (Bass Violin)

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