Festival Concerts | June 6–13, 2021


François Joubert-Caillet, director

Premiered Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8pm (EDT)

Dowland & Holborne: Lachrimae, or the Image of Melancholy | Named for the river crossed by Orpheus in his descent to the underworld, L’Achéron was founded in 2009 by viola da gamba virtuoso François Joubert-Caillet. Renowned for their verve and imagination, they make their BEMF début in a program of music for lute and viol consort from Elizabethan England by John Dowland and Anthony Holborne. The highlight is Downland’s Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares, a masterpiece of passionate melancholy.

Recorded at Château de Lunéville (“the Versailles of Lorraine”), Lunéville, France

Length: 53 minutes

This concert premiered on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8pm (EDT) and will remain available until the end of the day on Sunday, July 11, 2021 (EDT).

“Such verve and understanding.”



Premieres on Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm

Passionate Pavans and Aeirs both Grave and Light: Exploring the dance music of Dowland and Holborne
Presented by John Bryan, Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, UK

Dowland’s Lachrimae of 1604 opens with a magnificent pavan cycle of seven “teares” for lute and five viols, music which travels from darkness to light. How did Dowland and his contemporary Holborne transform simple dances into music of such eloquence and artistry? Professor Bryan explores this question and others, during this illuminating talk complete with slides.


Lachrimae, or the Image of Melancholy
Music of John Dowland and Anthony Holborne

 John Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae
Dowland: Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
Dowland: Lachrimae Gementes
Dowland: Lachrimae Tristes
Dowland: Lachrimae Coactae
Dowland: Lachrimae Amantis
Dowland: Lachrimae Verae

Dowland: Sir John Souch his Galliard
Dowland: Mistress Nichols Almand
Anthony Holborne: The Fairie-round
Dowland: M. Buctons Galliard
Holborne: Hermoza
Holborne: Muy Linda
Holborne: The Image of Melancholy
Dowland: King of Denmark’s Galliard
Dowland: The Earle of Essex Galliard


François Joubert-Caillet, treble viol & direction
Marie-Suzanne de Loye & Andreas Linos, tenor viol
Lucile Boulanger & Sarah van Oudenhove, bass viol
Bor Zuljan, lute


Marie Delorme, sound
Marine Ottogalli & Marco Strullu, video