Tears – Harpsichord laments from the 17th-Century

Ewald Demeyere

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Amongst the seventeenth-century harpsichord repertoire, the genre of pieces referring to a loss, whether or not the death of a person, takes a special place, and forms the leitmotif of this disc. These introspective pieces, actually being meditations or contemplations, achieve in a uniquely profound way an almost spiritual level. John Downland’s Lachrimae Pavan, initially a lute piece which the composer reworked as a lute song to the words Flow my Tears and as a consort piece, enjoyed great popularity in the seventeenth century. In fact, it occurs in more than one hundred manuscripts or prints in a variety of arrangements. For this CD I have included two of the finest of those transcriptions, by William Byrd and by Melchior Schildt. Byrd was one of the most influential composers of his generation, in his time called a Father of Musick and Brittanicae Musicae Parens. 
After having been organist at the Lincoln Cathedral (1563-72), Byrd joined the Chapel Royal in London, where he remained until his death. Amongst his many keyboard works, Byrd was particularly active in producing the often connected pair of dances, the pavan and galliard, much favoured at the time. Characteristic of the form of these dances is that both contain three sections, each of which is repeated mostly in varied form. In contrast to Byrd, Melchior Schildt is a rather unknown figure today. A pupil of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Schildt worked as an organist at the Marienkirche in Wolfenbu?ttel (1623-26), at the Danish court in Copenhagen (1626-29) and at the Marktkirche in Hanover (1629-67). Amongst his surviving keyboard works, the Paduana Lagrima takes a special place. Just like Byrd’s version, Schildt’s setting of Dowland’s Lachrymae Pavan fully respects the sorrow and melancholy of the original, even if Schildt has incorporated unusual technical features such as runs in double thirds.

Tracklist

1.
Lachrimae Pavan
06:31
2.
Fantasia VI, FbWV206
05:01
3.
Partita VI, FbWV 612- I. Lamento sopra la dolorosa perdita della Real
05:34
4.
Partita VI, FbWV 612- II. Gigue
01:30
5.
Partita VI, FbWV 612- III. Courante
01:48
6.
Partita VI, FbWV 612- IV. Sarabande
01:58
7.
A Sad Pavan for These Distracted Tymes
09:16
8.
Suite in F Major- I. Prelude
03:37
9.
Suite in F Major- II. Allemande grave
03:17
10.
Suite in F Major- III. Courante
01:18
11.
Suite in F Major- IV. Courante
01:29
12.
Suite in F Major- V. Sarabande
02:07
13.
Suite in F Major- VI. Branle de Basque
00:49
14.
Suite in F Major- VII. Chaconne
02:31
15.
Suite in F Major- VIII. Tombeau de Mr de Blancrocher
04:33
16.
Paduana Lagrima
06:43

Total time: 00:58:02

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Siltech

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DCS

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Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Galaxy Studios Belgium

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72617

Release Date October 10, 2014
SKU CC72617

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