Dowland - Lachrimae or Seaven Teares | Fuga Libera FUG718

Dowland - Lachrimae or Seaven Teares


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Label: Fuga Libera

Cat No: FUG718

Barcode: 5400439007185

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th May 2014

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The Hathor Consort was founded in 2011 by the Austrian gambist Romina Lischka. This Brussels-based ensemble explores consort music from the Renaissance to the Baroque eras, using diverse instrumental combinations with, as a starting point, the viola da gamba. The name comes from the goddess Hathor, a female divinity of ancient Egypt, who embodied love, joy and everything to do with the heart.

For this first recording, the ensemble has chosen a 'piece de resistance' of the consort repertoire: the collection Lachrimae Or Seaven Teares by John Dowland (1563-1626). The seven pavanes for five viols and lute form the core, each being based on the song ‘Flow My Tears’.

Dowland’s music often expresses melancholy, and with the piece Semper Dowland, semper dolens (‘Always Dowland, always suffering’) contained in this collection, the composer himself openly underscores this aspect of his music.

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