JOHN DOWLAND: A PILGRIMES SOLACE
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A selection of "Musicall Harmonie sung with the Lute & Viols"
Dowland's last book of songs includes some of the finest, most sensitively wrought music for lute and voice in any language, and certainly represents the pinnacle of the English lute song. Dowland, who identified himself as “Jo: Dolandi de Lachrimae”, advanced a musical persona that was strongly linked with Elizabethan melancholy, and the familiar ‘Lachrimae' falling tear motif is found hidden somewhere in the texture of nearly every song on this recording. The notable feature of intricate writing for obbligato treble viol on three songs makes A Pilgrimes Solace a groundbreaking publication, despite the contemporary claim that Dowland's music was outdated.
When we first began our concentration on performing music for voice and lute, some of the very first pieces we performed were part-songs from A Pilgrimes Solace. Published in 1612, music from this book is a capstone of Dowland's output; a mature artistic summation of one of the greatest composers of English song. Now entering our tenth year as a duo, we return to this music with a mature appreciation for the texts Dowland selected and a deeper understanding of his compositional skill.
A Pilgrimes Solace also includes the earliest published example of English song scored for voice, lute and independent obbligato instrumental parts, and we are are delighted to be joined on this project by two sensitive instrumentalists, guest artists Alex Korolov and Alexander Rakov on treble & bass viols.
We'd like to acknowlege our wonderful Kickstarter supporters - friends and former strangers from all over the world - who have partially funded this project, kindly encouraged us through several setbacks and waited patiently for its completion. We are also honored and very grateful to have received advice from experts including Anthony Rooley, who recorded Dowland's complete output with his Consort of Musicke, and from the man who literally wrote the book on English lute song texts, Edward Doughtie, whose notes will appear in the CD booklet.