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A PLEASING MELANCHOLY Chelys Consort of Viols. Works by John Dowland, Robert Jones, Tobias Hume, John Danyel, Anthony Holborne. Emma Kirkby, James Akers. BIS Records SACD

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A Pleasing Melancholy
Chelys Consort of Viols


John Dowland:
Lachrimæ, or Seven Tears
M. George Whitehead his Almand
Paduan
Volta Flow my tears
If floods of tears
Mourn, mourn, day is with darkness fled
Sorrow, come (arr. W. Wigthorpe)

Robert Jones:
Lie down poor heart

Tobias Hume:
What greater grief

John Danyel:
Eyes look no more; If I could shut the gate

Anthony Holborne:
My heavy sprite

Emma Kirkby, soprano
James Akers, lute

‘A pleasing melancholy’ is how Robert Burton described the feeling that certain music can give rise to, in his The Anatomy of Melancholy from 1621. Some 20 years earlier John Dowland, melancholic par excellence, had expressed a similar idea in the dedication of his Lachrimae, or Seven Tears: ‘pleasant are the tears which music weeps’.


During this period in England, melancholia had become fashionable, especially in cultural and literary circles, and spawned countless poems, paintings and songs. When Dowland’slute song Flow My Tearswas published in 1600, the instrumental LachrimaePavanon which it was based had been in circulation for several years and was the composer’s ‘number one hit’ both in England and on the continent –and four years after the song, he returned to the music and varied it in the ‘seven tears’ for viol consort and lute.

Colleagues of Dowlandsuch as Robert Jones and John Danyelexplored similar moods and emotions in their own songs, sometimes –as in Danyel’sEyes look no more–making clear allusions to Dowland’sfamous pavan. The ChelysConsort of Violsreleased their first disc in 2015 to critical acclaim. For the present recording they are joined by lutenist James Akers, and Emma Kirkby, the English soprano who has long been a leading figure in the field of early music.

Colleagues of Dowlandsuch as Robert Jones and John Danyelexplored similar moods and emotions in their own songs, sometimes –as in Danyel’sEyes look no more–making clear allusions to Dowland’sfamous pavan. The ChelysConsort of Violsreleased their first disc in 2015 to critical acclaim. For the present recording they are joined by lutenist James Akers, and Emma Kirkby, the English soprano who has long been a leading figure in the field of early music.

BIS SACD BIS2283

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