sabato 28 maggio 2011

W.A.Mozart - Requiem K.626

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The repertoire choices here seem curiously conservative, considering the course of Jordi Savall's career in recent years. The answer to that conundrum lies in the date of recording – 1991. Back then, Savall was a much more mainstream kind of period performance performer, so a disc of Mozart's Requiem would have seemed like a logical choice for him, especially given that the year marked the bicentenary of the composer's death.Even back then he was a radical, and what makes this recording prophetic is the relaxed way that the period performance conventions are applied. In the early 90s, there was still a lingering sense of academic earnestness about most period instrument performance, but Jordi Savall demonstrates the value of a light touch, which has since more or less become the convention. In the context of the Mozart Requiem, that sits uneasily with the gravity of the subject, although it serves to highlight the Classical elegance that is never far from the surface in Mozart's music. There are no super-fast tempos here, at least by period performance standards, the Rex tremendae is the only movement that seems a shade faster than comfortable. Subtle dynamics rather than rubato are used to shape the soloists phrases, and despite the almost playful atmosphere, closer listening reveals an impressive discipline in the tempos, balance and ornamentation.


Maurerische Trauermusik, K.477 (Ode funebre)
Requiem, K.626

La Cappella Reyal de Catalunya
Le Concert des Nations
dir. Jordi Savall

lunedì 23 maggio 2011

Johann Bernhard Bach - Die Orchestersuiten

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Johann Bernhard Bach (23 May 1676 – 11 June 1749) was a German composer, and second cousin of J. S. Bach. He was born in Erfurt, and his early musical education was by his father, Johann Aegidus Bach. He took up his position as organist in Erfurt in 1695, and then took a similar position in Magdeburg. He replaced Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach as organist in Eisenach, and also as harpsichordist in the court orchestra in 1703. Most of his musical output has been lost, but amongst his surviving music there are four orchestral suites. It is known that J.S. Bach had individual parts prepared for performance by his orchestra.
His musical style has been described as being similar to that of Telemann.
These Suites are thought to have been written before 1730. (more here)

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Suite No.1 in g minor
Suite No.2 in G major
Suite No.3 in e minor
Suite No.4 in D major

Freiburger Barockorchester
dir. Thomas Hengelbrock

domenica 22 maggio 2011

Alexander Agricola - Missa In myne Zyn

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Of the eight Masses by Agricola that have survived, the Missa in myne zyn is possibly the last, most demanding to perform and the most elaborate, making use of every possible technique, to include the thematic material of Agricola’s own 3-part song In myne zyn. The secular pieces recorded here lend themselves particularly well to the techniques of ornamentation and improvisation that the composer himself suggests.

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1 - Ante Missam: In minen sin
2 - Ante Missam: Si j'aime mon amy
3 - Ante Missam: Bien soiez venu – Alleluia
4 - Ante Missam: In mynen zin
5 - Ad Missam: Gloria, extrait de Missa In myne Zyn
6 - Ad Missam: Comme femme desconfortée II
7 - Ad Missam: Credo, extrait de Missa In myne Zyn
8 - Ad Missam: D'ung aultre amer III
9 - Ad Missam: Sanctus, extrait de Missa In myne Zyn
10 - Ad Missam: Tout a par moy II
11 - Ad Missam: Agnus Dei, extrait de Missa In myne Zyn
12 - Ad Vesperam: Pater meus agricola est
13 - Ad Vesperam: Regina coeli

Capilla Flamenca
Dirk Snellings