Dowland & Benjamin - Seven Tears Upon Silence | Evidence Classics EVCD034

Dowland & Benjamin - Seven Tears Upon Silence


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Label: Evidence Classics

Cat No: EVCD034

Barcode: 3149028109528

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 14th July 2017



Sit Fast
Sarah Breton (mezzo-soprano)
Karl Nyhlin (lute)


Benjamin, George

Upon Silence for mezzo-soprano and 5 viols

Dowland, John

Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (7)


Sit Fast
Sarah Breton (mezzo-soprano)
Karl Nyhlin (lute)


When John Dowland composed the seven pavans that form the famous Lachrimae, he gave the instrumental repertoire one of its first masterpieces. The Sit Fast consort, led by Atsushi Sakaï, features a new version of this timeless score.

The viol also features in George Benjamin’s Upon Silence, written in 1990 for five viols and mezzo-soprano, based on a poem by Yeats, which extends and updates the poetic tears of John Dowland.

Four centuries separate the two composers but with themes of grief, polyphonic writing and viol consort in common, they are elegantly recorded by the Sit Fast consort.

“These short, dense pieces have a mesmerising purity, squeezing dissonances with ghostly quietude...The French ensemble Sit Fast has already recorded Bach’s Art of Fugue. This is a natural next step, if backwards in chronology, played with elegance and precision.” - The Guardian

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