sabato 31 gennaio 2015

Una Danza a Sonare

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 Danza sobre un ritornello de Lorenzo da Firenze
 Che ti çova nasconder il bel volto?
 Sento d' amor la fiamma de Lorenzo da Firenze
 Bel fiore dança
 Chominciamento de gioia
 Quan je voy le duç tens venir
 Lucente stella ch’el mio cor desfay
 Cavalchando chon un giovine achorto del Maestro Piero
 La bionda treccia de Francesco Landini
 Amor mi fa cantar alla Francescha  

giovedì 29 gennaio 2015

Louis XIII - Ballet de la Merlaison (Vinyl rip)

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"The next day, nothing was talked of in Paris but the ball that the Officials of the City were giving for the King and Queen, and in which Their Majesties were to dance the famous Ballet de la Merlaison, which was the favourite ballet of the King... Twenty violins had been commanded... The King... was in a hunting costume of the greatest elegance and Monsieur and the other nobles were similarly attired. The ballet lasted an hour, it contained sixteen entrées."
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers, chapter 22.

In Dumas works, as always, fiction and truth walk side by side. In fact the Ballet de la Merlaison was not only Louis XIII preferred ballet, but his own creation, as reported by Theophraste Renaudot, the inventor of periodical journalism, in the special issue of the Gazette de France for March 22, 1635.


The "Mass for Instruments in place of the Organ" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier offers considerable interest on a number of grounds: liturgy, scoring, disposition of instruments and compositional procedures, even without taking into account the bold inspiration of the former disciple of Carissimi.


All in all I believe this record is worth a try, even if the performance is not astounding.

mercoledì 28 gennaio 2015

When Birds Do Sing

33 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - ZIP 101 Mb

'The Folger Consort with celebrated English tenor, Rogers Covey-Crump. For those who couldn't make it to the Folger - Rogers Covey-Crump uses his voice in an amazingly subtle and expressive way to render the shadings of meaning. He's an absolute master of his craft.' The title of this CD is taken from a song in Shakespeare's As You Like It and is part of a program of music from the England of Elizabeth's time through the Restoration.


Elizabethan and Jacobean Ayres and Instrumental Works
 1. It was a lover and his lass (Thomas Morley)
 2. La volto (Thomas Morley)
 3. The cypress curtain of the night (Thomas Campion)
 4. Browning (Elway Bevin)
 5. Fair in a morn (Thomas Morley)

    Popular Tunes and a Broadside Ballad
 6. Kemp's Jig
 7. Selinger's Round
 8. Cock Lorel
 9. Daphne
 10. All in a Garden Green

    More Elizabethan and Jacobean Works
 11. Il Lamento (Thomas Morley)
 12. La Girandola (Thomas Morley)
 13. I saw my Lady weep (John Dowland)
 14. Woodycock (Anonymous)
 15. See where she lies (Thomas Campion)
 16. Pavan (Anthony Holborne)
 17. See mine own sweet jewel (Thomas Morley)

    Jacobean Theatrical Music
 18. The Jew's dance (Anonymous)
 19. Why stays the bridegroom (Alfonso Ferrabosco)
 20. Johnson's flat masque (Robert Johnson)
 21. Have you seen the bright lily grow? (Robert Johnson)
 22. Sir Roger Bacon's masque (Anonymous)
 23. Sir Roger Bacon's masque (Anonymous)

    Music of the Commonwealth and Restoration
 24. At dead low ebb of night (Henry Lawes)
 25. Suite in G (Matthew Locke): Fancy
 26. Suite in G (Matthew Locke): Ayre
 27. Suite in G (Matthew Locke): Corant I
 28. Suite in G (Matthew Locke): Corant II
 29. Suite in G (Matthew Locke): Corant I da capo
 30. Suite in G (Matthew Locke): Sarab(and)
 31. Cupid's Doomsday (Alphonso Marsh)
 32. Divisions on a ground in D minor (Christopher Simpson)
 33. Gather your Rose buds while you may (William Lawes)


Robert Eisenstein, viol, recorder
Christopher Kendall, lute
Scott Reiss, recorders

with Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor

lunedì 26 gennaio 2015

G.B.Fontana - 12 Sonate

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12 sonate a 1. 2. 3 per il violino o cornetto, fagotto, chitarrone,
violoncino o simile altro istromento (1641)

Sonata Nona (cornetto, fagotto, clavicembalo) 5:16
Sonata Sesta (violino, clavicembalo) 7:09
Sonata Ottava (2 violini, violoncino, clavicembalo) 5:51
Sonata Seconda (flauto, clavicembalo) 6:31
Sonata Quartadecima (violino, cornetto, fagotto, clavicembalo) 5:46
Sonata Quarta (cornetto, violoncino, chitarrone) 5:29
Sonata Decima (violino, fagotto, clavicembalo) 5:57
Sonata Terza (flauto, clavicembalo) 4:43
Sonata Prima (cornetto, fagotto, clavicembalo) 3:27
Sonata Sestadecima (flauto, 2 violini, violoncino, clavicembalo) 4:48
Sonata Quinta (violino, violoncino, chitarrone) 5:03
Sonata Undecima(2 violini, violoncino, clavicembalo) 3:25

Clemencic Consort
dir. René Clemencic

domenica 25 gennaio 2015

In Praise of the Alphorn

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A true alphorn player with his tube, the length of two men, to his lips, is a living monument to the customs and art of Switzerland. For the first time this Swiss national instrument is presented by Claves of Thun, who specialize in recording Swiss musicians and who sponsor Swiss composers. Every effort has been made to present the alphorn in its different forms and functions, rather than in its usual form as an instrument for light entertainment and folklore. For the first time you can hear together the Bernese alphorn, the curved alphorn (Büche) of Central Switzerland and the tiba of the Grisons.
On one side is recorded alphorn soloists taken out of doors, with the echo as their natural accompaniment, on the other, performances in a concert hall. Leopold Mozart is said to have met a Swiss alphorn player who passed the winter strolling from town to town and he was so impressed that he included a part for the player in his ‘Sinfonia Pastorella.’ Swiss composers of today have but recently discovered the possibilities of including the alphorn in their compositions. Johannes Brahms, however, knew how to combine folk-music with classical music. In 1868, he wrote down a melody for alphorn, which he had heard on the Rigi, and later incorporated it in the last movement of his First Symphony.


1 - Alphorn-Weise
2 - Kuhreihen
3 - Alphorn-Weise
4 - Improvisation
5 - Tonleiter
6 - Le Ranz des vaches fribougeois
7 - Dr. Meiringer
8 - Improvisation
9 - Improvisation
10 - Alphorn-Trio
11 - Alphorn-Quartett
12 - Nidwaldner Bicheljuiz
13 - Büchel-Rufe aus dem Kt. Schwyz
14 - Tiba-Rufe au dem Bündner Oberland
15-17 - Leopold Mozart - Sinfonia Pastorella
18 - S.von Wartensee - Alpenlied auf Rigi
19 - Etienne Isoz - Récitatif et Prière