Replete with many musical effects, dissonances and suspensions, the same melancholic subjects reappear throughout Dowland's compositions: the agonies of the soul, night, and darkness. This tear motif first appeared in the pavan Lachrimæ for lute and served as the basis for seven passionate pavans in the 1604 collection recorded on this new album.
In 2006, Mélisande Corriveau and Felix Deak joined the duo Les Voix humaines Susie Napper and Margaret Little to explore the vast repertoire for four viols. For this recording, Les Voix humaines Consort has the pleasure of making music with Nigel North and Mexican gambist, Rafael Sánchez, with whom they have concertized over the past few years.
Born in London, England, Nigel North has been Professor of Lute, at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) since 1999. North's recordings include a four CD boxed set Bach on the Lute, four CDs of the lute music of John Dowland, and a new series of music by Sylvius Weiss and Francesco da Milano.
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