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Dowland: Tunes of Sad Despaire

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The songs of John Dowland are dominated by melancholia, a characteristic the composer consciously promoted, even in his personal motto, Semper Dowland, semper dolens. Sorrow is therefore the dominant tone of Dominique Visse's 2012 album, Tunes of Sad Despaire, which includes the source melody of the famous "Lachrymae antiquae," "Flow my teares," along with 16 other Dowland selections that show his fairly narrow range of moods and the stylistic affectation so dear to the Elizabethan era. Visse's somber countertenor and Fretwork's lute and viols accompaniment present the music with the appropriate heaviness of emotion, and Visse is joined by bass Renaud Delaigue in three ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The songs of John Dowland are dominated by melancholia, a characteristic the composer consciously promoted, even in his personal motto, Semper Dowland, semper dolens. Sorrow is therefore the dominant tone of Dominique Visse's 2012 album, Tunes of Sad Despaire, which includes the source melody of the famous "Lachrymae antiquae," "Flow my teares," along with 16 other Dowland selections that show his fairly narrow range of moods and the stylistic affectation so dear to the Elizabethan era. Visse's somber countertenor and Fretwork's lute and viols accompaniment present the music with the appropriate heaviness of emotion, and Visse is joined by bass Renaud Delaigue in three of the songs, "If my complaints," "Flow my teares," and "Come, heauy sleepe." The weight of the album's grief is only slightly alleviated by the instrumental "Paduan," and the songs "Fine Knacks for Ladies," and "Away with these selfe louing lads," which lend some liveliness. However, listeners should be prepared for the gloominess of the disc, which can be a bit overwhelming if heard in one sitting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Satirino France
  • EAN: 3760061191211
  • Catalog Number: 121
  • Sales rank: 141,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Go crystal tears, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (4:25)
  2. 2 If my complaints could passions move, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (4:23)
  3. 3 Sorrow, come!, sacred song for soprano & 4 viols - John Dowland & Fretwork (3:46)
  4. 4 Paduana - Thomas Simpson & John Dowland (4:59)
  5. 5 What if a day, ballad setting for lute, P 79 (possibly spurious) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (1:49)
  6. 6 Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (2:07)
  7. 7 Go, nightly cares, the enemy to rest, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (3:40)
  8. 8 Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (4:51)
  9. 9 My Lord of Deliem's Lamentation - Anonymous & Eric Bellocq (2:18)
  10. 10 In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Musicall Banquet) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (4:38)
  11. 11 In this trembling shadow cast, sacred song for 4 voices & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace) - John Dowland & Fretwork (3:48)
  12. 12 Away with these self-loving lads, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (1:59)
  13. 13 Dr Case's Pavan, for lute, P 12 - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (4:28)
  14. 14 From silent night, true register of moans, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace) - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (4:17)
  15. 15 Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Fretwork (4:38)
  16. 16 All ye whom love or fortune hath betrayed (First Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute - John Dowland & Eric Bellocq (2:20)
  17. 17 Now, O now I needs must part, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Fretwork (7:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dominique Visse Primary Artist
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