Wednesday 12 June 2019 7:30PM

Stile Antico; Rihab Azar oud

Songs of Longing and Exile


  • Stile Antico
  • Rihab Azar oud

Inspired by Dowland’s melancholic song Flow my Tears, and the heart-breaking stories of refugees which are never far from the news, vocal ensemble Stile Antico and Dartington Arts commissioned poet Peter Oswald to create texts for Dowland’s instrumental Lachrimae pavans.

Based on testimonies from today’s refugees and migrants, these new poems about displacement and exile present a contemporary and deeply moving counterpoint to this exquisite music; Dowland was himself no stranger to uncertainty and misfortune during his own, self-imposed exile. Between the pavans, London-based Syrian musician Rihab Azar intersperses partly improvised music for oud.

  • John Dowland (1563-1626)
        • In this trembling shadow
  • Farid al-Atrash (1910-1974)
        • Lahn al-Khulud
  • Robert White (c.1538-1574)
        • Lamentations a5 (Part I)
  • Rihab Azar/Peter Wiegold
        • Love far away
  • Robert White
        • Lamentations a5 (Part II)
  • Interval
  • John Dowland
        • Lachrimae Antiquae
  • Khalid Mohammed Ali (b.1960)
        • Uyun Sharida
  • John Dowland
        • Lachrimae Antiquae Novae (*)
        • Lachrimae Gementes (*)
  • Classical Arabic
        • Muwashah: Badat Min-al Khidr
  • John Dowland
        • Lachrimae Tristes (*)
        • Lachrimae Coactae (*)
  • Rihab Azar (b.1988)
        • Questions
  • Nedim Nalbantoglu (b.1966)
        • Buselik Saz Semaisi (extract)
  • John Dowland
        • Lachrimae Amantis (*)
        • Lachrimae Verae (*)
  • Giles Swayne (b.1946)
        • Bodrum beach (London première)
        • (*) with new texts by Peter Oswald

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