Jordi Savall, Hesperion XX – Dowland: Lachrimae Or Seaven Teare (1988) [Reissue 2013]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 70:29 min | Front/Rear Cover + Digital Booklet | 3,41 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Cover + Digital Booklet | 1,61 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/44,1 kHz | Front/Rear Cover + Digital Booklet | 724 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: Alia Vox # AVSA 9901
Published in 1604, Dowland’s Lachrimae was composed for an ensemble of five viols and a lute. The collection contains seven Pavans based on the air Flow My Tears (which explains the work’s subtitle, Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans). These variations are alternated with Galiards and Almands for contrast. Jordi Savall’s 1987 recording with Hesperion XX is still a cornerstone of any Dowland discography. This critically acclaimed album is now available for the first time in a vivid multichannel remastering.
Although there has never been a lack of composers willing to plumb the depths of despair, among the composers found deepest in the depths is the always doleful John Dowland. But while so many of his songs seem to have the last word in desolation, his deepest, darkest, and most desolate music is no doubt his collection called Lachrimae or Seaven Teares figured in Seaven Passionate Pauans…set forth for the Lute, Viols, or Violons…. Taking the Lachrimae Antuquae as his theme, Dowland alternates between the gloom of variations on the Lachrimae and the doom of the transcriptions of the galiards, pagans, and almands as he traces his way to death.
Although there has never been a lack of performers willing to plumb the depths of Dowland’s despair, among the performers deepest in the depths is Jordi Savall. With his history of exploring the despair of composers from Sainte-Colombe to Bach, Savall and his fellow members of Hesperion XX, the crackerjack violists of Spain who have found new depths of meaning for the word doleful. In this magnificently melancholy recording from 1988, Savall and Hesperion XX perform with a concentration and an intensity that burn Dowland’s despair deep into the hearts and souls of listeners, making overwhelming music of Dowland’s melancholy art.
01. Lachrimae Antiquae
02. Sir John Souch his Galiard
03. Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
04. M. Henry Noell his Galiard
05. Lachrimae Gementes
06. The Earle of Essex Galiard
07. Lachrimae Tristes
08. M. Nicho. Gryffith his Galiard
09. Lachrimae Coactae
10. M. Giles Hoby his Galiard
11. Lachrimae Amantis
12. M. Thomas Collier his Galiard
13. Lachrimae Verae
14. Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard
15. Semper Dowland semper dolens
16. The King of Denmarks Galiard
17. Sir Henry Umptons Funerall
18. M. Bucton his Galiard
19. M. John Langtons Pavan
20. Mrs. Nichols Almand
21. M. George Whitehead his Almand
Jordi Savall – treble viol and orchestra direction
José Miguel Moreno – lute
Christophe Coin – tenor viol
Sergi Casademunt – bass viol
Lorenz Duftschmid – bass viol
Paolo Pandolfo – bass viol
Produced by Michel Bernstein. Engineered by Maria & Michel Bernstein.
Recorded in May 1987 at Église de Santa Maria, Sant Marti Sarroca, Catalogne, Espagne.
Remastered for SACD by Manuel Mahino.