Dialogues of Sorrow


In 1612, Prince Henry Frederick, son of James I and heir to the thrones of England and Scotland, died from a suspected bout of typhoid fever. His untimely death inspired a massive outpouring of artistic tributes in both verse and music, reflecting the mood of a nation mourning the loss of this popular future king at just 18 years of age.

‘Dialogues of Sorrow’ is the second disc from early music consort group Gallicantus, here joined by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny to perform familiar masterpieces and undiscovered treasures of the late English Renaissance, composed at the time of the young prince’s death. The release follows the group’s critically acclaimed debut recording, ‘Hymns, Psalms and Lamentations’ – music by Robert White.

Editor’s Choice: This is a perfect selection … lovingly and movingly performed – Early Music Today

This is a well-sung, intelligently produced and exhaustively researched project, which deserves great success – International Record Review

One of the the year’s best choral releases – TheArtsDesk.com

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Elizabeth Kenny lute
Gabriel Crouch director

RELEASE DATE: 23/08/2010
BARCODE: 635212021026

1. When David Heard Robert Ramsey

2. What Tears, dear Prince? Robert Ramsey 

Passions on the Death of Prince Henry

3. ‘Tis Now Dead Night Thomas Ford

4. Weep, weep Britons William Cranford 

5. No Object Dearer John Ward

Songs of Mourning 

John Coprario

6. O Grief (to the most sacred King James)

7. O Poor distracted World (to the World)

8. O Jonathan, Woe is me Thomas Weelkes

9. When David Heard Thomas Weelkes

10. And the King was Moved Richard Dering

11. Contristatus est David Richard Dering

12. Melpomene, Bewail Thomas Vautor

13. How are the Mighty Fall’n Robert Ramsey

14. Sleep Fleshly Birth Robert Ramsey

Songs of Mourning 

John Coprario

15. So Parted You (to the most princely and virtuous Elizabeth)

16. When Pale Famine (to the most disconsolate Great Britain)

17. Then David Mourned Thomas Tomkins

18. When David Heard Thomas Tomkins

19. Weep Forth your Tears John Ward

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