Dowland: Lachrimae

Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Tears
The Dowland Consort - Jakob Lindberg
BIS 315


  1. Lachrimae Antiquae
  2. Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
  3. Lachrimae Gementes
  4. Lachrimae Tristes
  5. Lachrimae Coactae
  6. Lachrimae Amantis
  7. Lachrimae Verae
  8. M. Henry Noell his Galiard
  9. The Earle of Essex Galiard
  10. M. George Whitehead his Almand
  11. M. John Langstons Pavan
  12. M. Giles Hoby his Galiard
  13. The King of Denmarks Galiard
  14. Sir Henry Umptons Funerall
  15. M. Bucton his Galiard
  16. Mistresse Nichols Almand
  17. Semper Dowland semper Dolens
  18. M. Thomas Collier his Galiard with two trebles
  19. Captaine Piper his Galiard
  20. Sir John Souch his Galiard
  21. M. Nicho Gryffith his Galiard

Performers: Wendy Gillespie, Alison Crum, Sarah Cunningham, Richard Campbell, Trevor Jones, Jakob Lindberg

Playing time: 65'

Recording date: December 1985

This is a complete recording of Dowland's Lachrimae publication (1604), featuring seven pavans on that famous theme, and scored for the unusual combination of five viols and lute.

This publication has been the recipient of several fine recordings; other notable recent examples:

Dowland: Lachrimae
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8701
Dowland: Lachrimae
Virgin Veritas 45005
Dowland: Lachrimae
Consort of Musicke - Anthony Rooley
L'Oiseau Lyre 421 477
Seaven Teares
Music of John Dowland
The King's Noyse - David Douglass / Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907275
Dowland: Lachrimae or Seaven Teares
Capella de Ministrers - Carles Magraner
Licanus 0721
Dowland: Consort Music and Songs
Catherine King / Rose Consort of Viols
Naxos 8.553326

Another program including the pavans from this set, together with Italian instrumental pieces of this era:

The Anatomy of Melancholy
Ensemble Daedalus - Roberto Festa
Accent 98128

A couple of recordings of Dowland's lute music:

Dowland: Complete Lute Works, Volume 1
Paul O'Dette
Harmonia Mundi USA 907160
Lute Music of John Dowland
Ronn McFarlane
Dorian 90148

Dowland's literary style of composition for lute & consort was practiced by other English composers of the era, most notably Anthony Holborne (c.1547-1602) who wrote a large number of technically similar consort works:

Holborne: Pavans, Galliards, Almains, etc.
The Dowland Consort - Jakob Lindberg
BIS 469

A related recording by the present ensemble:

Heavenly Noyse
Dowland Consort - Jakob Lindberg
Bis 451

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