Dowland’s Tears - Lute Music Volume 2 | Naxos 8557862

Dowland’s Tears - Lute Music Volume 2


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8557862

Barcode: 0747313286225

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th November 2006



The pre-eminent lutenist of his day, John Dowland was almost an exact contemporary of William Shakespeare. This second volume of his complete lute music (Volume One is available on Naxos 8557586) includes perhaps his best-known work, the Lachrimae Pavan. This melancholic work became the most popular pavan of its age, a model for all pavans and was a central piece in the Elizabethan lute repertoire.
The closing pavan based on the composer’s motto Semper Dowland Semper Dolens (Dowland is always doleful) is full of exquisitely restless harmonies and quotations from the composer’s songs
This second volume is delivered by Nigel North, who was so successful in his performances in Volume 1: “The prospect of a Nigel North set is something to drool over, and this first instalment doesn’t disappoint… North is steeped in the music – and technically beyond reproach….You’re in the presence of elevated music making indeed.” BBC Music Magazine
- Lachrimae Pavan
- Galliard to Lachrimae
- Pavan (P16)
- The Earl of Essex, his Galliard
- Pavan (P18)
- M. Giles Hobie’s Galliard
- Dowland’s Tears (I saw my lady weep, arr. North)
- Sir Henry Umpton’s Funeral
- Sir John Langton’s Pavan
- Langton’s Galliard
- Piper’s Pavan
- Captain Digorie Piper’s Galliard
- Dowland’s Adieu; Galliard (P30)
- Mignarda (Henry Noel’s Galliard)
- Lachrimae (alternative version)
- Semper Dowland Semper Dolens

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