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Dowland: Lachrymae / Lindberg, Dowland Consort

Release Date: 05/26/1994 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 315   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Dowland
Conductor:  Jakob Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Believe it or not, the “seven passionate Pavans” that open Dowland’s epochal Lachrimae collection of consort music do not constitute the gloomiest music in the series. That honor, especially in these intense performances, belongs to Sir Henry Umpton’s Funerall and Semper Dowland semper Dolens. The operative term here seems to be “passionate” in those famous opening numbers, because the music surges with great power and immediacy (relatively speaking) at tempos that aren’t at all slow compared to the competition. The excellent but very different Parley of Instruments (Hyperion), for example, transposes the music up a fourth so that it can be played on violins, and the difference is very striking. Not
Read more worse, mind you, but different.

Most performances adopt a proprietary order for the music that comes after the Lachrimae Pavanes, and this recording’s lineup is singularly effective, with that very grave funeral piece succeeded by two of the most vigorous works (M. Bucton his Galiard and Mistresse Nichols Almand), then Semper Dowland semper Dolens followed by one of the brightest pieces in the bunch, timbrally speaking: M. Thomas Collier his Galiard with two trebles. The sonics are also probably the best this work has yet received, with Jakob Lindberg’s beautifully sonorous and liquid lute perfectly balanced against the strings, providing luminous rhythmic definition and harmonic support. There are at least four single-disc reference recordings of Lachrimae, but forced to choose I’d probably take this one as the version to get to know the music.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Lachrimae or Seaven Teares by John Dowland
Conductor:  Jakob Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 

Sound Samples

Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: I. Lachrimae Antiquae
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: II. Lachrimae Antiquae Nouae
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: III. Lachrimae Gementes
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: IV. Lachrimae Tristes
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: V. Lachrimae Coactae
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: VI. Lachrimae Amantis
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: VII. Lachrimae Verae
Mr. Henry Noell his Galiard: M. Henry Noell his Galiard (14)
The Earle of Essex Galiard: (12)
Mr. George Whitehead his Almand: M. George Whitehead his Almand (21)
Mr. lohn Langtons Pauan: M. lohn Langtons Pauan (10)
Mr. Giles Hoby his Galiard: M. Giles Hoby his Galiard (15)
The King of Denmark's Galiard: The King of Denmarks Galiard (11)
Sir Henry Umptons Funerall: (9)
Mr. Bucton's Galiard: M. Bucton's Galiard (19)
Mistresse Nichols Almand: (20)
Semper Dowland semper dolens
Mr. Thomas Collier his Galiard with two trebles: M. Thomas Collier his Galiard with two trebles (17)
Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard, P. 19 - xx: Captaine Piper his galiard (18)
Sir John Souch his Galiard, H. 13 (version for consort): Sir Iohn Souch his Galiard (13)
Mr. Nicho Gryffith his Galiard: M. Nicho Gryffith his Galiard (16)

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