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THEN - Renaissance Airs and Dances arranged for Brass Quintet

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Catalogue numberBIS-2017 SACD
Release date2012-11-25
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time59:36

The brass quintet as we know it is a modern constellation, but ensembles of wind instruments, involving shawms and sackbuts, were a staple before the Renaissance had even begun. Every princely court had its players, and soon every decent-sized town across Europe would follow.
The music that such groups played would have varied from the ceremonial to more lightweight material, such as popular dances and settings of chansons. Arrangements of music of this kind still form an important part of the repertoire of most brass ensembles, including Stockholm Chamber Brass. Having earned international recognition for their several recordings of resolutely contemporary works, the five members here return to their roots, in a varied programme which mixes dances from Tielman Susato's famous Danserye collection, lute pieces by John Dowland, five-part madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo and excerpts from operas by Monteverdi.
The disc opens with a fiery version of Francisco de la Torre's Danza alta sobre La Spagna, with trumpets that seem to announcing the start of a joust – the same trumpets that in Pur ti miro, the closing love duet from Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione de Poppea, express the most tender feelings for each other. A set of French chansons includes the drinking-song Tourdion, a perennial favourite, while the melancholy of Dowland's Lachrimae is clothed in the mellowest sounds imaginable.
The arrangements are by present and former members of the Stockholm Chamber Brass as well as by musicians with whom they have collaborated closely, including the trombone virtuoso Christian Lindberg.
 
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  Composer: Torre, Francisco de la
01 Danza Alta sobre La Spagna 02:24 $ 0.59 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
02 Basse danse ‘Mon Desir’ 01:59 $ 0.48 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
03 Gaillarde II – Allemaigne VIII / Recoupe / Recoupe aliud 02:21 $ 0.58 USD
 
 
  Composer: Gesualdo, Carlo
04 Tu m’uccidi, o crudele 03:26 $ 0.84 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
05 The Earl of Essex Galiard 01:22 $ 0.34 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
06 Semper Dowland semper Dolens 02:43 $ 0.66 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
07 Danse du Roy 02:13 $ 0.54 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
08 Pavane ‘Mille Regretz’ 01:34 $ 0.39 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
09 Bergerette ‘Sans Roch’ 02:16 $ 0.56 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
10 Lachrimæ 03:54 $ 0.95 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
11 The Frog Galiard 01:32 $ 0.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Gesualdo, Carlo
12 T’amo, mia vita 02:19 $ 0.58 USD
 
 
  Composer: Anonymous
13 Tourdion 01:59 $ 0.48 USD
 
 
  Composer: Lasso, Orlando di
14 Je l’ayme bien 01:29 $ 0.37 USD
 
 
  Composer: Gervaise, Claude
15 Branle double, La Vielle 00:50 $ 0.21 USD
 
 
  Composer: Anonymous, Mauduit, Jacques
16 Vous me tuez si doucement / Au joly bois 01:57 $ 0.48 USD
 
 
  Composer: Certon, Pierre
17 La, la, la, je ne l’ose dire 01:41 $ 0.43 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
18 If my complaints could passions move 02:15 $ 0.56 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
19 Sir John Smith his Almain 02:08 $ 0.53 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
20 Passe et Medio 01:57 $ 0.47 USD
 
 
  Composer: Susato, Tielman
21 Gaillarde XV ‘Le Tout’ 01:02 $ 0.26 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
22 The King of Denmarks Galiard 01:46 $ 0.44 USD
 
 
  Composer: Dowland, John
23 M. Giles Hobies Galiard 01:51 $ 0.45 USD
 
 
  Composer: Gesualdo, Carlo
24 Dolcissima mia vita 02:34 $ 0.64 USD
 
 
  Composer: Monteverdi, Claudio
25 Sinfonia & Moresca (from L’Orfeo, Act 1 and Finale) 01:20 $ 0.33 USD
 
 
  Composer: Monteverdi, Claudio
26 Pur ti miro (from L’incoronazione di Poppea: closing duet) 03:47 $ 0.92 USD
 
 
  Composer: Monteverdi, Claudio
27 Sinfonia a 7 (from L’Orfeo, Act 3] 01:30 $ 0.36 USD
 
 
  Composer: Monteverdi, Claudio
28 Damigella tutta bella (from Scherzi Musicali a tre voci) 01:19 $ 0.44 USD
 
  Album total 59:36
ComposerAnonymous
Certon, Pierre
Dowland, John
Gervaise, Claude
Gesualdo, Carlo
Lasso, Orlando di
Mauduit, Jacques
Monteverdi, Claudio
Susato, Tielman
Torre, Francisco de la
Brass ensembleStockholm Chamber Brass

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