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John Holloway

Pavans and Fantasies from the Age of Dowland

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John Holloway Performs with the J. S. Bach Foundation
1 Dowland: Lachrime Antiquae
2 Purcell: Fantasy upon one note
3 Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
4 Lawes: 2 Airs for 4
5 Dowland: Lachrimae Gementes
6 Jenkins: Fantasy No. 12 for 2 Trebles and Bass
7 Dowland: Lachrime Tristes
8 Morley: Lamento for 2 from Canzonets for two voyces
9 Dowland: Lachrimae Coactae
10 Locke: Fantasy for 2 Trebles and Bass from The Broken Consort
11 Dowland: Lachrimae Amantis
12 Lawes: Fantasy in C for 5
13 Dowland: Lachrimae Verae
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The composition of Lachrimae Pavans, one of the great works in the canon of English chamber music, was begun in Denmark at the end of the 16th century, while John Dowland was working as a lutenist at the court of King Christian IV. A unique seven-part work developing a theme from Dowland's famous song "Flow my teares" and exploring all its contrapuntal and harmonic possibilities, it is also music of persuasive emotional power. "How well he seems to have understood the power of music to move us," writes John Holloway in the liner notes, and "to express otherwise inexpressible emotions. He called them ‘passionate pavans', and within the stately constrained movements of the slow dance, passions are indeed to be found."

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