Tales of Sound and Fury

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Tales of Sound and Fury

Label:

BIS

Catalogue No:

BIS2256

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd June 2017

Barcode:

7318599922560

Length:

60 minutes

Medium:

SACD (download also available)

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel
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Tales of Sound and Fury


 

Drum solos on Wedding Tune from Halandsdalen, Drum roll from Melhus, Spissrot (Running the gauntlet)

anon.:

New Mad Tom of Bedlam

Biber:

Sonata jucunda a 6 in D

Battalia

Sonata violino solo representativa in A

Eccles, J:

Restless in thought

Purcell:

From silent shades ('Bess of Bedlam') Z370

Telemann:

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:G10 in G major for strings & b.c. 'Burlesque de Don Quixotte'


Karin Dahlberg (soprano)

Camerata Nordica, Terje Tønnesen

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In the course of this highly original programme, Terje Tønnesen and his Camerata Nordica tell us tales of madness and love, of battles and delusions. Building on imaginative scores by Biber, Telemann and Purcell, Tønnesen himself and Mikhel Keremhas fashioned even more colourful arrangements that bring human follies and passions to the fore.

In the course of the disc we are treated to rousing drum solos, a trio of Hungarian folk musicians makes a guest appearance in Biber’s ‘joking sonata’ and a Swedish nyckelharpa adds colour to the plaintive Aria in Battalia, before the listener is telescoped into the famous battle scene itself.

Featured soloist soprano Karin Dahlberg gives us memorable portraits of madness in three English ‘Mad Songs’, and throughout the programme the members of the ensemble with equal conviction play their instruments, bay as a pack of hounds and groan as wounded musketeers. The result is a pageant fit for a street performance during a carnival – at turns absurd, burlesque, frightening and moving.

Håkon Stene: Improvisation on Bryllupsslått (Wedding Tune from Hålandsdalen)

Improvisation (Drum Solo on Wedding Tune from Hålandsdalen)

Anonymous: New Mad Tom of Bedlam

New Mad Tom of Bedlam

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonata Jucunda (arr. T. Tønnesen for ensemble)

Sonata Jucunda

Håkon Stene: Improvisation on Kvervel (Drum roll from Melhus)

Improvisation (Drum Solo on Drum Roll from Melhus)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen)

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): I. Sonata. Allegro

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): II. Die liederliche Gesellschaft von allerley Humor

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): III. Presto

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): IV. Der Mars

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): V. Presto

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): VI. Aria. Andante

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): VII. Die Schlacht

Battalia "Sonata di marche" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): VIII. Lamento der Verwundten Musquetirer

John Eccles: She Ventures, and He Wins

Restless in Thought

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Sonata violino solo representativa in A Major (arr. M. Kerem for narrator, violin and ensemble)

Sonata violino solo representativa (Arr. M. Kerem for Narrator, Violin & Ensemble)

Henry Purcell: From silent shades, and the Elysian groves, Z. 370, "Bess of Bedlam"

From Silent Shades and the Elysian Groves, Z. 370 "Bess of Bedlam"

Håkon Stene: Improvisation on Spissrot (Running the gauntlet)

Improvisation (Drum Solo on Spissrot)

Georg Philipp Telemann: Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen)

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): I. Ouverture

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): II. Le réveil de Quichotte

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): III. Son attacque des moulins à vent

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): IV. Les soupirs amoureux après la Princesse Dulcinée

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): V. Sanche Panse berné

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): VI. Le galope de Rosinante

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): VII. Celui d'ane de Sanche

Ouverture-suite in G Major, TWV 55:G10 "Burlesque de Quixotte" (Arr. T. Tønnesen): VIII. Le couché de Quichotte

BBC Music Magazine

August 2017

*****

“Prepare yourself to embrace the bizarre and bonkers virtuosity of Restoration mad songs and works by Biber and Telemann in these arrangements by Terje Tønnesen and Mihkel Kerem…these are stylish and commanding accounts, including a healthy dose of the Baroque grotesque: chattering of the insane, moaning of the wounded, and spluttering of the drunk.”

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