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A Pleasing Melancholy / Kirkby, Chelys Consort of Viols


Release Date: 09/01/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2283  
Composer:  John DowlandRobert JonesTobias HumeThomas Simpson,   ... 
Performer:  James AkersEmma Kirkby
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

‘A pleasing melancholy’ is how Robert Burton described the feeling that certain music can give rise to, in his The Anatomy of Melancholy from 1621. Some 20 years earlier John Dowland, melancholic par excellence, had expressed a similar idea in the dedication of his Lachrimae, or Seven Tears: ‘pleasant are the tears which music weeps’. During this period in England, melancholia had become fashionable, especially in cultural and literary circles, and spawned countless poems, paintings and songs. When Dowland’s lute song Flow My Tears was published in 1600, the instrumental Lachrimae Pavan on which it was based had been in circulation for several years and was the composer’s ‘number one hit’ both in England and on the continent – and four Read more years after the song, he returned to the music and varied it in the ‘seven tears’ for viol consort and lute. Colleagues of Dowland such as Robert Jones and John Danyel explored similar moods and emotions in their own songs, sometimes – as in Danyel’s Eyes look no more – making clear allusions to Dowland’s famous pavan. The Chelys Consort of Viols released their first disc in 2015 to critical acclaim. For the present recording they are joined by lutenist James Akers, and Emma Kirkby, the English soprano who has long been a leading figure in the field of early music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
2.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 2, Flow, my teares by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600; England 
3.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae novae by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
4.
Lie down poor heart by Robert Jones
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
5.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 11, If fluds of teares by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
6.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae gementes by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
7.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae tristes by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
8.
Second Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 5, Mourne, mourne, day is with darkness fled by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1600 
9.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: M. George Whitehead his Almand by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
10.
Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: What greater griefe by Tobias Hume
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
11.
Paduan by Thomas Simpson
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1617; England 
12.
Volta by Thomas Simpson
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
13.
Sorrow, come by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
14.
Songs for the Lute, Viol and Voice: Eyes look no more by John Danyel
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae coactae by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
16.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae amantis by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
17.
My heavy sprite by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
18.
Songs for the Lute, Viol and Voice: If I could shut the gate by John Danyel
Performer:  James Akers (Lute), Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1606; England 
19.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae verae by John Dowland
Performer:  James Akers (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelys Consort of Viols
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 

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