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Een Nieuwe Liedt Wy Heven Aen

Een Nieuwe Liedt Wy Heven Aen


Een nieu Liedeken (Psalm 46)

Een nieuwe Liedt van twee Martelaers Christi tot Bruesel verbrant. Anno 1523

Een Christelijck Liedt, te singhen byde begraeffenisse

Die Hymnus, A solis ortus cardine

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Mijn siele mach gheen troost ontfaen

Nu heffen wy een nieu liet aen

Een Liedeken van Weynken Claes dochter

Verheucht u Gods kinder alletijt

Nimphes, nappés

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Dat Gebet Esaie int xxxiii. Cap. begrepen in een Liedt

Godt den Vaeder ons bevrijt

Nu hout ons Heer by dinen woort

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

Psalm 82: God is ghestaen in der saemlingh‘

Psalm 79: Och Heer met dyner hulp verschijn

Gentsch vader-onze

Dat gebet Onser Heeren

Psalm 136: Danckt Godt want hy so vriend‘lijc is


The title of this album comes from the first song Luther wrote. In this recording Camerata Trajectina highlights Lutheran melodies in the Low Countries in the 16th century. In this way the ensemble commemorates the 500th anniversary in 2017 (on October 31) of the day when Luther publicly posted his 95 Theses in Wittenberg, which sparked the Protestant Reformation.

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Globe - GLO5270

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew

1 Blu-ray / 1 DVD

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

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Harmonia Mundi - HMD980906263

(1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD Video - 2 discs)

$16.50

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Feldman, M: Trio

Feldman, M: Trio


Ives Ensemble

Feldman’s canvas contains sparse, isolated tones and commentary in an environment of heightened concern. (Concern negates the idea that Feldman’s music embodies an existential void.) Concern creates tension, energized by the composer’s sense of responsibility, and desire. The music sounds familiar at times, where a motif occurs and is not forgotten, but returns in another place in another guise. Or multiple motifs (each instrument’s persona! statement) are reassembled into something resembling something else, or only itself. Even Feldman’s repetition is never exact, as there are slight shifts in weight, shade, density, intensity. And when, eventually, the music ends, it just ends, for no need, or reason, with no explanation, no answers. Art Lange

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hat hat[now]ART - HATNOWART155

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Ustvolskaya: Trio For Violin, Clarinet And Piano

Ustvolskaya: Trio For Violin, Clarinet And Piano


Ustvolskaya:

Trio for Violin, Clarinet & Piano

Piano Sonata No. 5

Duet for violin and piano


Reinbert De Leeuw (piano), Vera Beths (violin), Harmen De Boer (clarinet)

Ustvolskaya’s music is dark, somber, even remote when a solitary voice holds sway. Her rejection of easily recognizable form suggests that, metaphorically, time is not a factor; as temporal references are acutely literai, the means to escape an oppressive time and place are found in spiritual, not social, values. Similarly, the chilling sparseness of textures becomes an emotional landscape, scarred, sometimes painfully severe, where inner strength is necessary for survival. But there is, too, especially in the Duet For Violin And Piano, a sanctity of mood (shared with the later Shostakovich, when he was obsessed with death, and where, in his final works such as the Viola Sonata and Sonata For Violin And Piano, the influence of Ustvolskaya may be felt). ln moments like this, rare is the music where the human will is so immediate, so enduring. Art Lange

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hat hat[now]ART - HATNOWART194

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Feldman: Triadic Memories & Piano

Feldman: Triadic Memories & Piano


Feldman, M:

Triadic Memories

Piano


John Snijders (piano)

Morton Feldman’s preoccupation with what he called ‘acoustical reality’ was the primary subject of all his work but the intimate acoustic reality of the piano, the instrument at which he worked, became a particular focus during the last decade of his life. Piano (1977) and Triadic Memories (1981) sound like Feldman of course - both share that extraordinary sense of time suspended, of instrumental colour refracted through pitch and back again but each also offers a radically different conception of the piano. Christopher Fox

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hat hat[now]ART - HATNOWART205

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Kyung-Wha Chung plays Violin Sonatas by Schubert & Schumann

Kyung-Wha Chung plays Violin Sonatas by Schubert & Schumann


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Schubert:

Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574

Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D934

Schumann:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121


Kyung-Wha Chung (violin), Itamar Golan (piano)

The great Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung, who recently returned to the stage after several years spent far from concert halls for health problems, is here captured at the apex of her career in a concert where she plays German Romantic masterpieces accompanied by Itamar Golan.

Live recording: Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 26 April 1998

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King Records - KKC4009

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Ruimonte: In Brussels

Ruimonte: In Brussels

Music At The Court Of The Archdukes Albert And Isabella Clara Eugenia


La Grande Chapelle, Albert Recasens

At the beginning of the 17th century the Brussels court experienced an extraordinary cultural splendour thanks to the Archdukes Albert and Isabella Clara Eugenia, during a period of peace and prosperity in the Southern Low Countries under Spanish Habsburg rule. The sovereigns, who were great collectors and patronized artists such as Brueghel de Velours and Rubens, maintained a magnificent musical chapel with a substantial number of Spanish, Italian and English musicians. It was in this context that the work of the Zaragoza native Pedro Ruimonte unfolded. Master of chamber music under the Archdukes, his Parnaso español (1614) represents one of the capstones in the history of Spanish music.

This CD reconstructs the musical landscapes of the Archdukes’ chapel and chamber music, characterized by a variety of genres and in an innovative spirit.

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Lauda - LAU017

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Voyenne: Aves, flores y estrellas

Voyenne: Aves, flores y estrellas


When named harpist of the Royal Chapel in Madrid in the year 1669, Juan Francisco de Navas Sagastiberri (1647-1719) had already been associated with the court and Chapel as composer and accompanist on the harp. Originally from Calatayud and from the generation that flourished after composer Juan Hidalgo, Navas followed Hidalgo’s footsteps to the point of declaring himself chosen by Hidalgo as his successor after Hidalgo’s demise in 1685. In any case, Navas officially requested Hidalgo’s Chapel position in 1688, which was granted (although not with the same salary as Hidalgo, as he had requested) and which he maintained until his death in October of 1719. During the period as Royal Chapel harpist, Navas composed music for courtesan festivities and theatrical works, of which at least thirteen are known, even if the number of pieces that have survived intact is considerably less. In fact, only one of his theatrical productions has survived in its entirety, the zarzuela Destinos vencen finezas. Only parts of his other zarzuelas survive in the form of tonos, tonadas, and arias that have acquired a life of their own beyond their original theatrical context. Navas emerged at the end of the 17th c. as one of the heirs, together with Juan de Serqueira, of Hidalgo’s musical style, and his pieces form a relatively homogeneous repertoire despite the introduction of more modern elements, such as the use of obbligato instrumental parts.

The tono for one voice Rústicos ciudadanos de las ondas, is one of the few fragments known from the mythological comedy Duelos de ingenio y fortuna. The comedy was written by poet Francisco Antonio de Bances Candamo with music by Juan de Navas, and was performed in 1687 for the celebration of Charles II’s birthday. This tono, which makes part of the third act, is a lament sung by Arion (son of Neptune), before being thrown overboard with the purpose of calming a great storm threatening to sink the ship on which he was traveling. What stands out about this tono is its estribillo (refrain), which in a repetitive declamation style with minimal lyrical emphasis, contrasts with the melodic style of the verses. From a musical perspective, it is one of Navas’ most interesting pieces, with an emphasis on the sung declamation style inherited from Hidalgo. The rhythmic repetition and lack of ornamentation create a music-theater enchantment.

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Lindoro - NL3037

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Boccherini: String Quartets

Boccherini: String Quartets


Boccherini:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 33 No. 5, G. 205

String Quartet in G major, Op. 44 No. 4, G. 223, 'La Tiranna'

Quartet No. 36 (Op. 24, No. 6 G194)

String Quartet in C minor, Op. 2 No. 1, G. 159


Trifolium

This recording allows us to dispel the myth of Luigi Boccherini (Lucca, 1743 - Madrid, 1805) as a composer of light, gallant or even superficial works, and introduces us to deeper facets of his writing, aligned with the Central European Sturm und Drang aesthetic and musical currents. Luigi Boccherini is a pivotal, albeit controversial, figure in Spanish music history. On the one hand, his birth in Lucca in Italy marginalised him from the discourses with a nationalist tinge expounded by Spanish musicologists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, despite the fact that most of his life and career were spent under the wing of Spanish institutions. What is more, the supposed Italian invasion that “contaminated” Spanish music throughout the eighteenth century also made him an uncomfortable figure to tackle. At the same time, traditional historiography has considered Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) the “inventor” of two instrumental genres of great importance in all later European music: the symphony and the string quartet. This supposed invention, which in reality consisted of the adoption of the local Viennese style as a universal (European) model of composition, helped to establish a German-centric canon that considered all other composing traditions, like the Italian-Spanish style of Boccherini, as inferior. Popular knowledge of Boccherini’s music usually goes no further than the celebrated minuet of his String Quintet in E Major (G. 275) and his quintet La Musica Notturna delle strade di Madrid (G. 324). These pieces have portrayed the composer as light-hearted and superficial. Fortunately, many musicologists have studied various aspects of the life and work of Boccherini, offering a revised image of the composer. This historiographical revision, together with the elaboration of the definitive edition of his works, brings evidence of the high quality and depth of his music and contradicts the idea of the isolation that Boccherini supposedly suffered in Spain.

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Lindoro - NL3038

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Schumann & Mahler: Lieder

Schumann & Mahler: Lieder


Mahler:

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Schumann:

Liederkreis, Op. 39

Lieder und Gesänge aus Goethes Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a


Florian Boesch (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

This recording brings together Florian Boesch, one of today’s foremost Lieder interpreters, and Malcolm Martineau, who is widely recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation.

With a partnership honed over many concerts and several recordings together, including a GRAMMY-nominated Die schöne Müllerin, the pair turn their attention to two of the greatest song cycles of the nineteenth century.

The recording opens with Schumann’s Op. 39, Liederkreis, settings of Joseph von Eichedorff’s poems, and finishes with Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, written around forty years later. The songs selected all tell, in varying hues, of the Romantic individual’s sense of alienation from others and of transcendence, or the longing for it.

An expressive and accomplished storyteller Boesch’s perceptive phrasing and exquisite range of colours is well matched by Martineau’s virtuosic and perfectly synchronized accompaniment.

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