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A Pleasing Melancholy: John Dowland's Lachrimæ Pavans and Sundry Sorrowful Songs

James Akers, Emma Kirkby, Chelys Consort of Viols

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Lachrimæ "Seven Tears"  
1
No. 1. Lachrimæ antiquæ "Flow My Tears"
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:10
Book of Songs, Book 2  
2
No. 2. Flow My Tears
John Dowland; Emma Kirkby; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
3:44
Lachrimæ "Seven Tears"  
3
No. 2. Lachrimæ antiquæ novæ
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:00
Lie Down Poor Heart  
4
Lie Down Poor Heart
Robert Jones; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby; James Akers
4:23
Book of Songs, Book 2  
5
No. 2. If Floods of Tears Could Cleanse My Follies Past
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby; James Akers
3:51
Lachrimæ "Seven Tears"  
6
No. 3. Lachrimæ gementes
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:23
7
No. 4. Lachrimæ tristes
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:55
Book of Songs, Book 2  
8
No. 5. Mourn, Mourn, Day Is with Darkness Fled
John Dowland; Emma Kirkby; James Akers
1:31
Lachrimæ "Seven Tears"  
9
No. 21. Mr. George Whitehead His Almand
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
1:29
What greater griefe  
10
What Greater Grief
Tobias Hume; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby
3:39
Paduan (after J. Dowland)  
11
Paduan (after J. Dowland)
Thomas Simpson; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
5:27
Volta (after J. Dowland)  
12
Volta (after J. Dowland)
Thomas Simpson; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
1:07
Book of Songs, Book 2  
13
No. 3. Sorrow, Stay (arr. by William Wigthorpe)
John Dowland; William Wigthorpe; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby
3:01
Eyes Look No More  
14
Eyes Look No More
John Danyel; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby; James Akers
3:19
Lachrimæ "Seven Tears"  
15
No. 5. Lachrimæ coactæ
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:18
16
No. 6. Lachrimæ amantis
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:42
My Heavy Sprite  
17
My Heavy Sprite (arr. by Ibrahim Aziz)
Antony Holborne; Ibrahim Aziz; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby; James Akers
2:33
If I Could Shut the Gate Against My Thoughts  
18
If I Could Shut the Gate Against My Thoughts
John Danyel; Chelys Consort of Viols; Emma Kirkby; James Akers
5:09
Lachrimæ "Seven Tears"  
19
No. 7. Lachrimæ veræ
John Dowland; Chelys Consort of Viols; James Akers
4:45
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:26
The Chelys Consort of Viols are joined by soprano Emma Kirkby and lutenist James Akers to present A Pleasing Melancholy, a collection of solemn pieces from the English Renaissance. Centred around works by the famous composer and lutenist John Dowland, this release also includes pieces by Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, and John Danyel, all of which explore the then fashionable affect of melancholy. The highlight of the album is Dowland's Lachrimæ "Seven Tears", a collection of pavanes and other pieces which made Dowland famous, and which are performed with heart wrenching intensity here by Akers, Kirkby, and the Consort.
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