Lachrymae: Music for Strings by Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten, Arvo Part, Michael Tippet et al. / CO of Europe

Audio Samples

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>     Dido's Lament (When I am laid in earth)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for strings (from Henry V)
>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for strings (from Henry V)
>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Lachrymae (latin for "tears") is the perfect title for this collection of some of the most visceral music composed in the last four centuries. "The orchestral playing per se is first-class, audience-noise almost non-existent and the recording vividly realistic." --Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003).



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1678

>Britten, Benjamin : Lachrymae, reflections on a song of Dowland, for viola & string orchestra, Op. 48a
  • Performers: Nicolas Bone (Viola); Nicholas Bone (Viola)
  • Conductor: William Conway
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1976

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  • Conductor: William Conway
  • Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: Dido's Lament (When I am laid in earth)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Walton, William : Pieces (2) for strings (from Henry V)
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Tippett, Michael : Fantasia concertante on a theme of Corelli
  • Performers: William Conway (Cello); Marieke Blankestijn (Violin); Vesna Moffat (Violin)
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Notes: St John's Smith Square, London, England (03/24/2003/03/31/2003)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953