Lachrimae or Seven Teares

John Dowland (1604). John Dowland’s Lachrimae comprise not only his sombre Seven Teares; they also include vivid pavanes and a couple of allemandes. This recording features the dark sonority of three bass viols, plus a soprano viol, a tenor viol and a lute. A surprising and extraordinary record.

15,90  IVA incl.

172 in stock


CDM 0721

Brian Robins

Sound engineering, mixing and edition: Jorge G. Bastidas

Cover: Alesso Baldovinetti’s “Portrait of a Lady in Yellow” detail. National Gallery, London

Graphic design: Annabel Calatayud


Legal deposit: V-3076-2007

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Carles Magraner, viola da gamba soprano; dirección
Rafael Bonavita, laúd
Jordi Comellas, viola da gamba tenor
Clara Hernández, viola de gamba bajo
Lixsania Fernández, viola da gamba bajo
Renée Bosch, viola da gamba bajo
Pau Ballester, percusión

John Dowland (1563-1626):

Lachrimae or Seaven Teares (1604)

1 CD – DDD – TT: 71′ 57

We know nothing of the ancestry of John Dowland, nor his date of birth or baptism. Claims made at various times that he was born in either Westminster, London or Dalkey in County Dublin, Ireland are both based on unreliable testimony or evidence so flimsy that it has been largely discounted by modern scholars.

Nevertheless, the year of Dowland’s birth can be established with near certainty from two pieces of evidence emanating from the composer himself. In the “Address to the Reader” that prefaces his collection A Pilgrimes Solace (1612), Dowland wrote: “I am now entered into the fiftieth yeare of mine age”, thus establishing the year of his birth as 1563. Further corroboration is provided by his assertion in “Other Necessary Observations belonging to the Lute” in Varietie of Lute-Lessons (1610) that he was born thirty years after the appearance of Hans Gerle’s publication on lute tablature, which dates from 1533.

Brian Robins

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Weight 110 g