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Pavans and Fantasies from the Age of Dowland, Purcell, Lawes, Jenkins, Morley, Locke / John Holloway, Monika Baer, Renate Steinmann, Susanna Hefti

Album Summary

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae antiquae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae antiquae novae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Aires for 2 division viols in C
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae gementes, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
>Jenkins, John : Fantasy for 4 instruments no 12 in D major
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae tristes, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Canzonets for 2 voyces
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae coactae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
>Locke, Matthew : The Broken Consort Part 1, suites (6) for 2 violins, bass viol & continuo
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae amantis, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Fantasy a 5 in C major
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae verae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
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Notes & Reviews:

John Dowland's "Lachrimae Pavans" is considered one of the greatest works in the canon of English chamber music. Based upon his famous song "Flow My Teares", the seven pavans - "Seaven Teares", as Dowland called them - present an extraordinary exploration of the contrapuntal and harmonic possibilities offered by the theme. In this remarkable recording, baroque violinist John Holloway creates a concert program around the "Lachrimae Pavans". Threaded between Dowland's masterpieces are works of other major composers of his era - Henry Purcell, William Lawes, John Jenkins, Thomas Morley and Matthew Locke. In bringing together these works of strongly contrasting color and character Holloway and company give us a vivid sense of the great flowering of consort music which took place in England in the 17th century.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Dowland himself was prepared to countenance performances with violin consort. This is the less familiar route Holloway and his colleagues have chosen, deploying four violas atop a bass violin...The result is predictably brighter,more edgy than viol performances, and the playing is superbly fastidious and concentrated.

Sunday Times, 4th May 2014
If the instrumentation is unusual (four violas and bass violin), it works beautifully, the sound fuller and less sinewy than a viol consort.

The Observer, 18th May 2014
Dowland's famous Lachrimae Pavans are usually heard on viol consort, but the composer also specified violins, and John Holloway's group, playing with glassy tone but also intense expressiveness, capture the heartache at the core of this great music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Studio Zürich (03/2013).



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>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae antiquae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae antiquae novae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Aires for 2 division viols in C
  • Performers: Monika Baer (Viola); Monika Baer (Violin); Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin); Renate Steinmann (Viola); Martin Zeller (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae gementes, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604

>Jenkins, John : Fantasy for 4 instruments no 12 in D major
  • Performers: Monika Baer (Viola); Monika Baer (Violin); Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin); Martin Zeller (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae tristes, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Canzonets for 2 voyces :: Lamento for 2
  • Performers: Monika Baer (Viola); Monika Baer (Violin); Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1595

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae coactae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604

>Locke, Matthew : The Broken Consort Part 1, suites (6) for 2 violins, bass viol & continuo
  • Performers: Monika Baer (Viola); Monika Baer (Violin); Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin); Martin Zeller (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1661

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae amantis, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Fantasy a 5 in C major
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Lachrimae verae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")
  • Performers: Susanna Hefti (Viola); John Holloway (Viola); John Holloway (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1604