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Chelys Consort of Viols, Emma Kirkby & James Akers - A Pleasing Melancholy (2017)

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Chelys Consort of Viols, Emma Kirkby & James Akers - A Pleasing Melancholy (2017)
Artist: Chelys Consort of Viols, Emma Kirkby & James Akers
Title Of Album: A Pleasing Melancholy
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: BIS
Country: Various Countries
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:12:00
Full Size: 345 MB


[1] Lachrimae Antiquae
[2] Flow my tears
[3] Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
[4] Robert Jones (c.1577–c. 1615): Lie down poor heart
[5] If floods of tears
[6] Lachrimae Gementes
[7] Lachrimae Tristes
[8] Mourn, mourn, day is with darkness fled
[9] M. George Whitehead his Almand
[10] Tobias Hume (c.1579–1645): What greater grief
[11] Paduan
[12] Volta
[13] Dowland – arr. William Wigthorpe (c.1570–c. 1610): Sorrow, come
[14] John Danyel (1564–c.1625): Eyes look no more
[15] Lachrimae Coactae
[16] Lachrimae Amantis
[17] Anthony Holborne (c. 1545–1602) – arr. Ibrahim Aziz: My heavy sprite
[18] John Danyel: If I could shut the gate against my thoughts
[19] Lachrimae Verae

John Dowland and his music are closely associated with the Elizabethan cultivation of melancholy, an aesthetic conceit expressed in poetry and songs of the period. Even Dowland's personal motto -- Semper Dowland, semper dolens -- suggests the practiced air of sadness and suffering that colors his music. A Pleasing Melancholy, a 2017 hybrid SACD from BIS featuring soprano Emma Kirkby with lutenist James Akers and the Chelys Consort of Viols, presents some of Dowland's most poignant works, of which the song Flow my tears, and the consort pieces based on its melody, the Lachrimae, or Seven Teares, are most representative. The program also includes a handful of Renaissance songs by Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, John Danyel, and Anthony Holborne, which illustrate the fashionability of Dowland's tune and the variations and imitations it received from his contemporaries. This audiophile recording offers remarkably clear sound, so Kirkby's singing is easy to follow, and the viol consort's counterpoint isn't blurred by the resonant acoustics. -- Blair Sanderson

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