7 Teares - Beautiful Dreamlike - Great recording
Robert E. Murena Jr. | Fairfield, CT United States | 09/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Prefering classical music that is this side of brooding but not miserable I find the Lacrimae cycle (seven teares) to be among John Dowland's greatest and certainly among the best early music available. The consort contains great harmonies self reference and a masterful working of false resolutions and constant dissonance that makes listening a compelling experience. Each one of the Lacrimae pavans flows beautifully into the next although they can be played seperately as well. The timbre of the music is brooding but is not melancholly and actually is more uplifting than one might think. Interestingly the pavan was actually a dance form that was either at its height or decline at the time Dowland was composing. The dance is supposed to be one of sadness which to us might sound strange or even morbid but to the early modern mind music and dance was a part of everything from the sacred to the secular and did not always mean an expression of joy. As an aside I totally agree with this idea and turning on the radio and hearing songs that only seem to revolve around the joy of new love we could use a little of this diversity. The pavan deid out by the time of the baroque era and Dowland's music pull together elements from the pavan with "proto-baroque" elements making a very complex sound. Altogether this is among the most complex early music making other favorites like David Schutz and even William Lawes seem rather ordinary.
the Kings Noyse were kind enough to jam-pack this cd with 15 additional tracks from Dowland's first and second songbooks making this a sort of "best of" album that runs for 75 minutes. These song with titles that signify them as commisioned dances (gailards almands and pavans mostly)fit in nicely with the Lacrimae cycle and are almost as good as any of the seven teares.
Altogether sounding great using period styled instruments modeled after those of Charles X's consort the Kings Noyse execution is top notch.
you are looking for a copy of Dowland's Lacrimae this is the one to get: it is relatively affordable and is among the finest recordings. The tri-lingual liner notes too are great and shed ample light on Dowland, the Lacrimae and the King's Noyse approach to this ancient and beatiful music. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
- Ted Murena"
A delightful recording!
Julio Castro Karg | Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico | 06/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been searching for many years for a nice recording of Dowland's lachrimae. The top recommendation both at the Gramophone and Penguin guides was a recording by Fretwork, but unfortunately I was unable to find it at local stores.
However, I recently discovered this recording and have been enjoying it ever since I bought it! "The King's Noyse" playing is superb, and one really nice thing about this version is that it includes (and combines among the rest of the music) some songs from Dowland's first and second book of songs, ("I saw my lady weep" and "Sorrow stay" among them), sung beautifully by a soprano (Ellen Hargis)."