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Dowland: Lachrimae


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The seven Lachrimae Pavan of 1604 are widely held to mark not only the high point of Dowland’s work but the entire genre of viol consort music. Dowland takes a lamenting pavan that he had written some years earlier and develops its theme into a cycle which takes the listener through different states of tearfulness, from loneliness to despair through hope to love and finally joy – the ‘true tears’ of the final pavan. In its contrapuntal mastery and its ingenuity in the treatment of a single theme, the Lachrimae cycle stands alongside The Art of Fugue composed by J.S. Bach a century and a half later. Most recordings of the Lachrimae use the standard instrumentation of a consort of viols, ranging from treble to bass and accompanied by a lute. For his second recording of the cycle, however, the Italian violist Cristiano Contadin has boldly created a broken consort performance which mixes the recorder and also early violin and viola in with the uniquely grainy timbre of the viols. Such an instrumentation exploits the long association of the recorder with music of lamentation, and makes a historical connection with, for example, the cantatas of Bach. Contadin explains with a booklet essay that his aim in performance is to recover the ‘passionate’ nature of this music as Dowland envisaged it in his own written preface to the score, and indeed there is nothing dry or constricted about the performance he directs from the treble viol. Now, with three generations of period performance research and practice under their belts, musicians are beginning to play this music with the kind of freedom and spontaneity and emotion they would accord (in other ways) to Brahms, and this new recording deserves comparison with the most distinguished accounts from the recent past.
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Item number BRI95699
Barcode 5028421956992
Release date 11/1/2019
Category Chamber Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Contadin, Cristiano
Ensemble Opera Prima Ensemble
Disc: 1
Lachrimae "Seven Tears"00:31:46
1 I. Lachrimae Antiquae 00:04:12 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
2 II. Lachrimae Antiquae Nouae 00:03:45 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
3 III. Lachrimae Gementes 00:03:48 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
4 IV. Lachrimae Tristes 00:04:20 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
5 V. Lachrimae Coactae 00:03:40 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
6 VI. Lachrimae Amantis 00:03:54 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
7 VII. Lachrimae Verae 00:04:07 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
8 VIII. Semper Dowland semper dolens 00:06:04 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
9 XII. Sir Henry Umptons Funerall 00:04:29 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
10 XV. M. John Langtons Pavan 00:03:56 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
11 XXI. The King of Denmarks Galiard 00:01:48 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
12 XIX. The Earle of Essex Galiard 00:01:18 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
13 XI. Sir John Souch his Galiard 00:01:21 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
14 XX. M. Henry Noel his Galiard 00:01:49 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
15 X. M. Giles Hobies Galiard 00:01:20 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
16 IX. M. Nicholas Gryffith his Galiard 00:01:47 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
17 XVII. M. Thomas Collier his Galiard with 2 Trebles 00:01:20 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
18 XVIII. Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard 00:02:38 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
19 XVI. M. Buctons Galiard 00:01:21 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
20 XIV. Mistresse Nichols Almand 00:01:12 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
21 XIII. M. George Whitehead his Almand 00:01:12 Contadin, Cristiano Opera Prima Ensemble
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