Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares

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Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares


Gramophone Awards 2017

Finalist - Early Music

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2016



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24th June 2016




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Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares



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John Dowland’s gifts as an exceptional melodist are evident throughout Lachrimae or Seven Tears, an artistic achievement which has cast a remarkable spell on early music.

Summing up the Renaissance preoccupation with melancholy, this extraordinary collection of dance music for viols and lute includes Dowland’s ‘signature’ piece, Semper Dowland semper Dolens.

Dowland reveals a personal world of sublime sadness, grief, anger and melancholy mollified by moments of joy and gladness.

A skilled lutenist, Dowland’s intricately-worked parts demand perfect synchronicity between Phantasm and Elizabeth Kenny, who rise to the technical and tempi challenges of marrying their instruments.

The popularity of Dowland’s music in his own lifetime continued through the centuries with Lawes, Jenkins and Gibbons all paying homage to Dowland’s ‘Tears’.

Although freed from lyric constraints poetic images linger prompting Phantasm’s Laurence Dreyfus to describe this as ‘the most sensuously tuneful hour of music ever written’.

John Dowland: Lachrimae "Seven Tears"

No. 1, Lachrimae antiquae

No. 2, Lachrimae antiquae novae

No. 3, Lachrimae gementes

No. 4, Lachrimae tristes

No. 5, Lachrimae coactae

No. 6, Lachrimae amantis

No. 7, Lachrimae verae

No. 16, Mr. Nicholas Gryffith His Galliard

No. 13, Sir John Souch His Galliard

No. 8, Semper Dowland semper dolens

No. 15, Mr. Giles Hoby His Galliard

No. 11, The King of Denmark's Galliard

No. 19, Mr. Bucton His Galliard

No. 12, The Earl of Essex Galliard

No. 18, Captain Piper His Galliard

No. 14, Mr. Henry Noell His Galliard

No. 17, Mr. Thomas Collier His Galliard with 2 Trebles

No. 9, Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral

No. 21, Mr. George Whitehead His Almand

No. 20, Mrs. Nichol's Almand

No. 10, Mr. John Langton's Pavan

The Guardian

10th July 2016


“At the heart of this disc are the seven variants of the utterly memorable Lachrimae theme, played by Phantasm with their expressive warmth and exquisite subtlety.”

Sunday Times

17th July 2016

“The performances are elegant, rich-textured and beautifully phrased. Affecting.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2016

“Phantasm’s performances are totally convincing and absorbing. Drawing richly on their depth, intensity and homogeneity of tone, their acuity to the music’s ever-active emotional flux leaves them unafraid to use forceful gestures of articulation and dynamics to make a point.”

BBC Music Magazine

September 2016


“Phantasm here offers the same flawless playing that has earned its members consistent, well-deserved accolades. Despite the brooding nature of the music, their sound is luminous and tempos are fluid, highlighting Dowland’s lyricism”

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