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John Holloway
Pavans and Fantasies from the Age of Dowland

John Holloway violin, viola
Monika Baer violin, viola
Renate Steinmann violin
Susanna Hefti viola
Martin Zeller bass violin
Lachrimae Antiquae
Fantasy upon one note
Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
2 Airs for 4
Lachrimae Gementes
Fantasy No. 12 for 2 Trebles and Bass
Lachrimae Tristes
Lamento for 2
Lachrimae Coactae
Fantasy for 2 Trebles and Bass
Lachrimae Amantis
Fantasy in C for 5
Lachrimae Verae

Recorded March 2013

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John Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavans is considered one of the greatest works in the canon of English chamber music. Based upon his famous song “Flow My Teares”, the seven pavans – "Seaven Teares", as Dowland called them – present an extraordinary exploration of the contrapuntal and harmonic possibilities offered by the theme. In this remarkable recording, baroque violinist John Holloway creates a concert programme around the lachrimae Pavans. Threaded between Dowland’s masterpieces are works of other major composers of his era – Henry Purcell, William Lawes, John Jenkins, Thomas Morley and Matthew Locke. In bringing together these works of strongly contrasting colour and character Holloway and company give us a vivid sense of the great flowering of consort music which took place in England in the 17th century.