British lutenist Nigel North joins viol consort Les Voix humaines for Lachrimae, a new recording of John Dowland’s 1604 compositions set for lute and viols. Passionate pavans, galiards, and almands evoke the tears referred to in the title. Replete with many musical effects, dissonances and suspensions, the same melancholic subjects reappear throughout Dowland’s compositions: the agonies of the soul, night, and darkness. This “tear” motif first appeared in the pavan Lachrimae for lute and served as the basis for seven “passionate” pavans in the 1604 collection recorded on this new album. In 2006, Melisande Corriveau and Felix Deak joined the duo Les Voix humaines Susie Napper and Margaret Little to explore the vast repertoire for four viols.Read more For this recording, Les Voix humaines Consort has the pleasure of making music not only with Nigel North, but also with Mexican gambist, Rafael Sanches, with whom they have concertized over the past few years.
Les Voix humaines is an excellent group for Dowland and for other composers as well. In addition, NigelNorth is one of our era's most distinguished lutenists.