This is a terrific interpretation of Dowland's Lachrimae. It's up against some extremely stiff competition but is among the best, I think.
The music is fabulous, with arrangements for viol consort of the Lachrimae and a number of other Dowland pieces, some well known and others less so. As a programme it works very well and never drags or becomes at all samey. The playing is excellent, with a fairly mellow overall sound from a superb viol consort and Nigel North's brilliant lute playing. It's a delight from start to finish, excellently recorded by ATMA.
I find it hard to choose between this and the recent outstanding release from Phantasm and Elizabeth Kenny. Both are brilliant, with Phantasm perhaps a little more intense and tragic than Les Voix Humaines, who are a little more mellow and melancholy. I love both and I can recommend this very warmly indeed.