The John Dowland Collection

The John Dowland Collection


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947765486
catalogNumber: 000819102
Rank: 96537


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

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