...though the title doth promise tears, unfit guests in these joyful times, yet no doubt pleasant are the teares which musick weeps, neither are tears shed always in sorrow, but sometimes in joy and gladness. Vouchsafe then your gracious protection to these showers of harmony (…) they be metamorphosed into true tears.
— John Dowland (?1563-1626)
 
 

@ Bozar (Bruxelles) © Filipe Faria 2015

The result is pure beauty, made up of knowledge and simplicity. The surpising freshness of the result won over audiences and cried out to be recorded.
— Manuel Pedro Ferreira, Público *****

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTION

Filipe Faria
Sérgio Peixoto

 

BASE Consort

Filipe Faria voice
Sérgio Peixoto voice
Pedro Castro recorders,
baroque oboe, shawm

Tiago Matias theorbo, vihuela,
lute, baroque guitar, romantic guitar

Mário Franco double bass
Rui Silva historical percussion

 
 

@ Philharmonie Luxembourg (Luxembourg) © Filipe Faria 2015

Fifteen years of blurring the boundaries between (living) early and contemporary music, between orally transmitted popular music and classical.
— Luís Rei, Crónicas da Terra

© Filipe Faria 2014

A Sete Lágrimas recording is an event, no matter where or when it is heard. (...) Innovation is the key word!
— Jorge Calado, Semanário Expresso (Portugal) *****
Most important was perhaps the genuine joy with which every pieces on the programme was played and sung. Both were excellent throughout the night and the excited audience rewarded the performers with a thunderous applause and asked for two encores.
— Lukás Vytlacil, Opera PLUS (Rep. Checa) *****

@ Zámek Troja (Ceská Republika) © Filipe Faria 2014

Portuguese ensemble Sete Lágrimas literally astounded the enthusiastic audience in Troja [Prague] caught in their fiery dance like melodies from Portuguese and Spanish colonies of South America and Africa.
— Vladimír Rí, Novinky (Rep. Checa)
Miscegentation through the diaspora - A successful debut by the Portuguese ensemble Sete Lágrimas. (...) Faria and Peixoto’s voices are very flexible and sweet when they sing polyphony and even more theatrical and rhythmic.
— Eduardo G. Salueña, La Nueva España

Founded in 1999 by Filipe Faria and Sérgio Peixoto, Sete Lágrimas takes its name from the innovative collection of dances by the renaissance composer John Dowland (1563-1626) that were published by John Windet in 1604, when the composer was employed as lutenist to Christian IV of Denmark.

Intensely focused on dialogues between early and contemporary music and classical music with centuries-old traditions, Sete Lágrimas brings together musicians from different musical backgrounds around conceptual projects fuelled both by in-depth musicological research and innovative, irreverent and creative processes centred on sounds, instrumentation and memories of early music.

In these projects, it is possible to identify dialogues between classical and popular music, between early and contemporary music, and between the age-old Portuguese Diaspora of the Discoveries and the Mediterranean Latin axis. These dialogues are converted into sound through a faithful reading of the interpretative principles of early music and a distinctive approach to the defining elements of folk music and jazz.

Un tour du monde musical avec un prestigieux ensemble portugais.
— Festival Big Bang, Bozar, Bruxelas

Since its inception, the group has maintained an intense performance schedule, playing over 350 concerts in twelve countries around Europe and Asia, including the following: Portugal (Centro Cultural de Belém 2009/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 2008/2015, Festival Terras sem Sombra 2003-2010 (as the resident ensemble), Encontros de Música Antiga de Loulé 2006/2015, São Roque Festival 2008/2009/2012), Aveiro Museum 2010/2012, Coimbra Arts Festival 2011, Festival dos Capuchos 2012, Madeira International Music Festival 2010, Azores International Music Festival 2010, Festival Fora do Lugar 2012, Festival de Leiria 2011/2013, Festival de Almada 2013, etc…), Bulgaria (Sliven 2011), Italy (Ravenna 2011, Festival Internazionale W. A. Mozart a Rovereto 2012), Malta (BirguFest 2011), Spain (Gijón Early Music Festival 2010, Úbeda and Baeza Early Music Festival 2011, National Museum of Valladolid 2011/2013, Fundación Juan March/Madrid 2012, Villaviciosa 2012, Abulensis International Music Festival 2012…), China (Macau International Music Festival 2011), Sweden (Stockholm Early Music Festival 2012), France (Festival Baroque de Sablé 2012, Opera de Lille 2013), Belgium (Gent Festival van Vaanderen 2012, Flemish Opera/Gent 2013, Bozar/Brussels 2013), Norway (Stavanger Konzerthus 2013), Czech Republic (Prague Early Music Festival 2014), and Luxembourg (Philharmonie Luxembourg/Salle de Musique de Chambre 2014).

Sete Lágrimas regularly invites guest musicians working in different areas of early music to participate in its projects. To date, these musicians have included María Cristina Kiehr (Argentina), Zsuzsi Tóth (Hungary) and Ana Quintans (Portugal). The group has also worked with folk, jazz and world-music musicians such as Mayra Andrade (Cabo Verde), António Zambujo (Portugal) and Adufeiras de Monsanto (Portugal).

Projects involving dialogues between early and contemporary music include ‘Kleine Musik’ (MU0102/2008), ‘Silêncio’ (MU0106/2009) and ‘Vento’ (MU0108/2010). For these projects, Sete Lágrimas premiered works written specially for the consort by the composers Ivan Moody (England), João Madureira (Portugal), Andrew Smith (Norway) and Christopher Bochmann (England). All of these works were commissioned by the production company Arte das Musas which is directed by Filipe Faria. 

At the Coimbra Arts Festival in 2011, Sete Lágrimas performed the world première of the work ‘Lamento’, which was commissioned from the writer José Luís Peixoto, winner of the José Saramago Literary Prize, and the composer João Madureira.

The multiple intersections blaze up into a delicately powerful coalescence. Tenors Filipe Faria and Sérgio Peixoto sing with lightness, clarity and a great deal of expressive power. Well recorded and tastefully packaged, Kleine Musik blurs the boundaries between old and new in a way that’s reminiscent of the best of religion and art.
— Robert Levett, International Record Review

In Portugal and abroad, the ensemble’s concerts and extensive discography have consistently won the praise of both critics and the public. Their eleven releases – ‘Lachrimæ #1’ (MU0101/2007), ‘Kleine Musik’ (MU0102/2008), ‘Diaspora.pt: Diáspora, vol.1’ (MU0103/2008), ‘Silêncio’ (MU0106/2009), ‘Pedra Irregular’ (MU0107/2010), ‘Vento’ (MU0108/2010) ‘Terra: Diáspora, vol.2’ (MU0110/2011), ‘En tus brazos una noche’ (MU0109/2012), ‘Península: Diáspora. vol.3’ (MU011/2013),  ‘Cantiga’ (MU0113/2014) and‘Um dia normal’ (Book + CD MU0116/2015), a graphic poem with text and illustrations by Filipe Faria and music by Sete Lágrimas, often receive the maximum number of stars (5 out of 5) and are selected as the Editor’s Choice, the Best Recording of the Year etc. by Portugal’s leading newspapers, radio shows and magazines. Internationally, mention must be made of the reviews of their recordings published in the International Record Review, Doce Notas,  Goldberg etc. and the reviews of their concerts in Europe and Asia.

Filipe Faria and Sergio Peixoto performed the songs with skill, humor and fervor...
— Aftonbladet (Suécia)

In 2008, 2011 and 2012, the three releases comprising the Diáspora project were the best-selling titles in FNAC shops. In 2010, Diaspora.pt was named an ‘Essential Recording’ in the Classical Music Guide published by the same chain of shops and Sete Lágrimas’ trajectory to date was profiled in the publication ‘Alma Lusitana’.

In 2011/2012, Sete Lágrimas were invited to be the Associated Ensemble of the Season by the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB/Lisbon), performing ‘Tríptico da Terra’ at three sold-out concerts

In 2014, at the invitation of the classical radio station RDP Antena 2, Sete Lágrimas represented Portugal in the EURORADIO Christmas Folk Music Project organised by the European Broadcasting Union. The project was broadcast on 30 radio stations in 28 countries, including BBC Radio 3 and France Musique.  

Their discography is regularly included on the playlists of classical radio stations in several European countries, including Spain (RNE Rádio Clásica), the UK (BBC Radio 3), the Czech Republic (Český rozhlas/Czech National Radio), Bosnia (Radio Beograd) and Portugal (Antena 2/TSF/Antena 1).

The arrangements and combinations are inventive and the quality of the playing shines through, producing a variety of textures. It is not surprising that Sete Lágrimas should have managed to carve out their own niche in a crowded international scene. An example of excellent taste that governs everything emerging from the heads of this consort. As they would say in America: A class act!
— Jorge Calado, Semanário Expresso, Review *****

For the 2015/2017 seasons, the consort has scheduled a series of concerts in Portugal at the Centro Cultural de Belém (Pequeno Auditório, Lisbon), Seminário Menor de Braga, Festival Reencontros: Memórias Musicais de um Palácio (Sintra), Festival Fora do Lugar (Idanha-a-Nova), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Grande Auditório, Lisbon), Festival Todos (Lisbon), Commemorations on the 500th anniversary of the death of João Roiz (Castelo Branco), Centro Cultural de Belém/Festival Dias da Música in Belém (Lisbon) and the Espinho International Music Centre.

Since 2003, Sete Lágrimas have been sponsored by the Ministry of Culture (Portuguese Government) and the Directorate General for the Arts. The ensemble is represented by the Arte das Musas production company and published by the MU/Arte das Musas record label.

© RDP Antena 2 @ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

The ‘Sete Lágrimas brand’ (which is made ever more recognisable by the vocal tone of Filipe Faria and Sérgio Peixoto and the nature of their arrangements but also by their style of vocal interpretation) is as important as the music itself.
— Cristina Fernandes, Público ****

Review ***** Jornal Público, Manuel Pedro Ferreira

The result is an admirable dialogue.
— Time Out

© RDP Antena 2 @ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

 
 
 
 

 

+ CONSORT

since 1999

Invited soloists

María Cristina Kiehr, soprano (Argentina)
Zsuzsi Tóth, soprano (Hungaery)
António Zambujo, fado singer (Portugal)
Mayra Andrade, singer (Cape Verde)

Label

[1] CD Lachrimae #1 (2007)
[2] CD Kleine Musik (2008)
[3] CD Diaspora.pt (2008)
[4] CD Silêncio (/2009)
[5] CD Pedra Irregular (2010)
[6] CD Vento (2010)
[7] CD En tus brazos una noche (2012)
[8] CD Terra (2011)
[9] CD Península (2013)
[10] CD Cantiga (2014)
[11] CD Um dia normal (2015)
[12] CD Missa Mínima (2016)

Voice

María Cristina Kiehr (Argentina)
Ana Quintans [2]
Zsuzsi Tóth (Hungary) [4]
Mónica Monteiro [5]
Rosa Caldeira [3]
Orlanda Velez Isidro
Alexandra Moura
Mayra Andrade (Cape Verde)
António Zambujo [3]

Recorders

Pedro Castro [2] [3] [4] [5] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Inês Moz Caldas [1] [2] [3] [4] [7]
Marco Magalhães [1]
Paulo Gonzalez (Spain)
Sofia Norton
Tiago Simas Freire

Baroque oboe*, oboe da caccia** and shawm***

Pedro Castro * ** *** [2] [3] [4] [5] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Andreia Carvalho*

Theorbo, lute, vihuela, baroque guitar, colascione, romantic guitar

Hugo Sanches [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [8]
Tiago Matias [3] [4] [5] [7] [10] [11]
André Barroso [1]

Viola da gamba

Sofia Diniz [6] [7] [8] [9]
Kenneth Frazer (1948-2011) [1] [2]
Susana Moody
Mafalda Larisch Frazer
Carmina Repas Gonçalves

Violone

Duncan Fox [2] [3] [9]
Christine Sticher (Germany)

Double bass

Mário Franco [8] [10] [11]
Luísa Marcelino

Historical percussion

Rui Silva [8] [9] [10] [11]
Fernando Marques Gomes [3]
Sofia Borges

Baroque violin

Denys Stetsenko [3] [5]

Baroque cello

Diana Vinagre [4] [5]
Ana Raquel Pinheiro
Isabel Figueroa (Spain)
Kenneth Frazer (1948-2011) [1]

Baroque Double bass

Marta Vicente [5]

Organ and harpsichord

Sérgio Silva [5]
Flávia Almeida Castro

Guitar

Gonçalo Gouveia

Portuguese guitar

Eurico Machado [3]

Other guests

Choir Voces Caelestes
Adufeiras de Monsanto
Choir Magis

 
 

 

Discography

 
 

Missa Mínima (MU0116/2016)

The lands of Idanha, its landscapes and people have always been inspiration for musical creation. In this territory coexists memory and creativity, past, present and future as if they were one. Here you can hear the air while writing the first intervals of a new phrase... and in these sounds you can find this air. Missa Mínima (Minimal Mass) is a work composed in two periods sixteen years away from each other (1999-2015). Before and after something... many things... but in what order?

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Um dia normal (MU0115/2015)

Graphic Poem by Filipe Faria (text and illustrations) with a recording by Sete Lágrimas. Book + CD.

Um dia normal
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Cantiga (MU0113/2014)

Featuring the entire collection of medieval Cantigas d’Amigo composed by Martim Codax (thirteenth century). A cantiga is a musical work composed of words (verses) and sound (music). The subject of the lyrics may be either secular or religious. Religious compositions include the Cantigas de Santa Maria, which were compiled at the court of Alphonso X, King of Castile and León (1252-’84), while extant secular works include around 1680 texts, composed between the late twelfth and the mid-fourteenth centuries, which are known through the Ajuda Songbook, the National Library or Colocci-Brancuti Songbook and the Vatican Songbook. Over five hundred cantigas d’amigo are represented in these songbooks.

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Península (Diáspora, vol.3) (MU0111/2013)

The third volume of the Diáspora project. Besides caravels and the Cape of Good Hope, Portugal’s relationship with the world was born from a thirst for change. The Portuguese expansion of the fifteenth-century marked the start of a period of acculturation and miscegenation that mutually influenced the musical practices of the countries of the Discoveries and Portugal and changed the configuration of their collective DNA forever. Comprising three titles – ‘Diaspora.pt’ (2008), ‘Terra’ (2011) and ‘Península’ (2012) – the Diáspora project dips into the past and present of genres and musical forms associated with five continents, exploring new interpretive formulas employed in popular and classical music from the sixteenth to the twenty centuries, from the Iberian villancico to fado, the ‘black’ villancicos of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Brazilian chorinho, African mornas and the folk songs of Timor, Macau, India and Brazil, among other countries. An experimental frenzy inspired by journeys, paths, pilgrimages, land, water, homesickness and what remains today of all the days gone by.

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Terra (Diaspora, vol.2) (MU0110/2011)

The second volume of the Diáspora project. Besides caravels and the Cape of Good Hope, Portugal’s relationship with the world was born from a thirst for change. The Portuguese expansion of the fifteenth-century marked the start of a period of acculturation and miscegenation that mutually influenced the musical practices of the countries of the Discoveries and Portugal and changed the configuration of their collective DNA forever. Comprising three titles – ‘Diaspora.pt’ (2008), ‘Terra’ (2011) and ‘Península’ (2012) – the Diáspora project dips into the past and present of genres and musical forms associated with five continents, exploring new interpretive formulas employed in popular and classical music from the sixteenth to the twenty centuries, from the Iberian villancico to fado, the ‘black’ villancicos of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Brazilian  chorinho, African mornas and the traditional songs of Timor, Macau, India and Brazil, among other countries. An experimental frenzy inspired by journeys, paths, pilgrimages, land, water, homesickness and what remains today of all the days gone by.

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En tus brazos una noche (MU0109/2012)

Featuring the entire collection of extant seventeenth-century Romances and Songs written by the Portuguese composer Manuel Machado (Lisbon, c.1590 - Madrid, 1646). ‘En tus brazos una noche’ is inspired by a partly unknown work of great rhetorical beauty and enormous merit.

En tus brazos una noche
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Vento (MU0108/2010)

Featuring the entirety of the work ‘Missa de Pentecostes’ by João Madureira (b. 1971), which was written for Sete Lágrimas and performed for the first time in 2010.

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Pedra Irregular (MU0107/2010)

Dedicated to the birth of the Baroque in Portugal and the work of Almeida (c-1702-1755?), Melgaz (1638-1700), Teixeira (1707-1774) and Seixas (1704-1742)     Featuring the guest soprano Mónica Monteiro.

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Silêncio (MU0106/2009)

For this project, new sacred music incorporating the aesthetics and instrumentation of early music was composed. New pieces were commissioned from Ivan Moody (b. 1964), ‘Genesis’, Andrew Smith (b. 1970), ‘Lamentations’, and João Madureira (b. 1971), ‘Passio’. The pieces were performed with guest soprano Zsuzsi Tóth (Hungary).

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Diaspora.pt (Diaspora, vol.1) (MU0113/2008)

The first volume of the Diáspora project, which explores the aesthetic, conceptual and linguistic links between the music of countries in the five continents visited by the Portuguese Discoveries, the centuries-old Portuguese cultural diaspora, and the Portuguese-speaking world. Featuring the guests Rosa Caldeira and Eurico Machado and the special guest António Zambujo.

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Kleine Musik (MU0112/2008)

An early and contemporary music project devoted to the German composer Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672). For this project, the British composer Ivan Moody (b. 1964) was commissioned to write nine pieces based on the same texts that were set to music by Schütz in the seventeenth century. The pieces were then performed for the first time with guest soprano Ana Quintans.

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Lachrimae #1 (MU0101/2007)

Dedicated to early European music. From Schütz (1585-1672) to Martini (1706-1784) and Corelli (1653-1713).     This first CD marked the start of a publishing project in partnership with the Portuguese Government’s Secretary of State for Culture (previously the Ministry of Culture), the Directorate General for the Arts, and the Portuguese philanthropic company Delta Cafés. The CD made a huge impact and was positively reviewed in the specialist press.

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