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The John Dowland Collection

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Does this two-disc set contain John Dowland's greatest hits? Yes, indeed, it does. With "Flow, My Tears," "In Darkness Let Me Dwell," "Come, Heavy Sleep," seven "Larchimae" of various sorts, plus his greatest hit of all, "Semper Dowland, semper dolens," all the melancholy Elizabethan English composer's best-known and best-loved hits are here. Are these the best performances available of Dowland's greatest hits? While some might argue that there are other equally worthy performances available, few would argue that these aren't at least among the best ever made. With the sweet Barbara Bonney, the sensuous Anne Sofie von Otter, and the ethereal Emma Kirkby handling most of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Does this two-disc set contain John Dowland's greatest hits? Yes, indeed, it does. With "Flow, My Tears," "In Darkness Let Me Dwell," "Come, Heavy Sleep," seven "Larchimae" of various sorts, plus his greatest hit of all, "Semper Dowland, semper dolens," all the melancholy Elizabethan English composer's best-known and best-loved hits are here. Are these the best performances available of Dowland's greatest hits? While some might argue that there are other equally worthy performances available, few would argue that these aren't at least among the best ever made. With the sweet Barbara Bonney, the sensuous Anne Sofie von Otter, and the ethereal Emma Kirkby handling most of the vocals and lutinists Anthony Rooley and Jakob Lindberg plus guitarist Göran Söllscher handling most of the fretwork, these performances have the right blend of the soulful and the poetic with just the right touch of urbane to make them wholly convincing. Although Dowland's predominantly melancholy art may not appeal to everyone, those for whom it does appeal will surely enjoy this superbly chosen and sumptuously recorded two-disc set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947765486
  • Catalog Number: 000819102
  • Sales rank: 131,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lachrimae antiquae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:48)
  2. 2 If my complaints could passions move, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Barbara Bonney (4:44)
  3. 3 Can she excuse my wrongs, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Jakob Lindberg (2:42)
  4. 4 Come away come sweet love, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (2:33)
  5. 5 Lady Hunsdon's Almain (Lady Hunsdon's Puffe), for lute, P 54 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:26)
  6. 6 A piece without title, for lute, P 51 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (0:49)
  7. 7 The Shoemaker's Wife, a Toy, for lute, P 58 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:09)
  8. 8 Lachrimae antiquae novae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:10)
  9. 9 Come again, sweet love doth now invite, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Barbara Bonney (2:45)
  10. 10 Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Emma Kirkby (4:34)
  11. 11 Mr Dowland's Midnight, almain for lute, P 99 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:30)
  12. 12 Sir John Smith, his Almain, for lute, P 47 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (2:22)
  13. 13 Semper Dowland semper dolens, pavan for lute, P 9 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (3:44)
  14. 14 Lachrimae gementes, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:28)
  15. 15 I saw my lady weep, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Song) - John Dowland & Thomas Binkley (5:32)
  16. 16 Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Barbara Bonney (4:52)
  17. 17 Fine knacks for ladies, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (2:11)
  18. 18 Shall I sue, shall I seek for grace?, for 4 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Thomas Binkley (3:30)
  19. 19 Lachrimae tristes, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Me, me, and none but me, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Thomas Binkley (2:44)
  2. 2 Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (4:14)
  3. 3 Weep you no more, sad fountains, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Jakob Lindberg (5:26)
  4. 4 Lachrimae coactae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:18)
  5. 5 Go, nightly cares, the enemy to rest, for voice, trumpet, bass viols & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace) - Thomas Binkley & John Dowland (5:51)
  6. 6 The Right Honourable Ferdinando Earl of Derby, his Galliard, for lute - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (2:19)
  7. 7 The Most Sacred Queen Elizabeth, her Galliard (Katherine Darcy's Galliard), for lute, P 41 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:18)
  8. 8 Tell me, true Love, for voice, bass viol, 4 part chorus & lute (A Pilgrimes Solace) - Thomas Binkley & John Dowland (7:19)
  9. 9 Lachrimae amantis, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:34)
  10. 10 In darkness let me dwell, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Pilgrimes Solace) - John Dowland & Jakob Lindberg (4:25)
  11. 11 Work(s): A Fantasia - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (4:09)
  12. 12 My Lord Chamberlain his Galliard, for 2 to play on 1 lute, P 37 - John Dowland & Göran Söllscher (1:54)
  13. 13 Far from the triumphing court, for voice, lute & bass viol (A Pilgrimes Solice) - John Dowland & Christophe Coin (5:11)
  14. 14 I shame at mine unworthiness, sacred song for 5 voices - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (2:34)
  15. 15 Lachrimae verae, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae") - John Dowland & Consort of Musicke (4:26)
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