Pavans and Fantasies
ECM Records 2189
Dowland: Lachrimae Tristes (5:18)
Lawes: Two Airs for 4 (3:23)
John Holloway & Monika Baer, violins; Renate Steinmann & Susanna Hefti, violas; Martin Zeller, bass violin
John Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavans is considered one of the greatest works in the canon of English chamber music. Based on his famous song “Flow My Teares,” the seven pavans present an extraordinary exploration of the contrapuntal and harmonic possibilities offered by the theme. Baroque violinist John Holloway creates a concert program around the 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.