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The Image of Melancholy

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Catalogue numberBIS-2057 SACD
Release date2013-09-10
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time66:28

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“With its authenticity of atmosphere and quiet ability to move, it is one to lose yourself in on long winter nights.” Gramophone

Conceived by the baroque violinist Bjarte Eike for his period band Barokksolistene, this programme is his very personal ‘image of melancholy’. As he writes in his liner notes, ‘for me, melancholy is not only synonymous with sadness and despair, it is a state also harbouring reflection, meditation and relief.’ The connection between music and melancholy is far from new – at least since the time of the ancient Greeks, and probably long before them, there has been a belief that music has the power to influence our mood, to alleviate sadness or melancholy – or to induce it. Melancholy has at various times been the height of fashion – think of John Dowland, whose motto was: ‘Semper Dowland, semper dolens’ (‘always Dowland, always mourning’). Dowland is of course included here, as is his near-contemporary Anthony Holborne – but there are also a number of later pieces, as well as folk music from Eike’s native Norway and elsewhere. This music, writes Eike, ‘does not belong to any particular style, nationality or period in time; it’s rather a string of tunes that have all had a personal significance to me, and that together form a musical matrimony between a Nordic melancholy, the rich sounds of the Elizabethan consort and a modern approach to music-making.’ Joined by the soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and by the jazz pianist Jon Balke, Eike and his ensemble have created an intensely atmospheric and highly suggestive disc, which richly lives up to its motto – a quote by Victor Hugo: ‘Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.’
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Eike, Bjarte
01 Savn - a tune for Signe 02:59 $ 0.72 USD
  Composer: Holborne, Anthony
02 The image of melancholy, pavane 05:33 $ 1.33 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
03 Sorrow, stay 02:58 $ 0.71 USD
04 Bjørnsons bruremarsj 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Holborne, Anthony
05 Wanton, galliard 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
06 Gjendines bådnlåt 04:25 $ 1.06 USD
  Composer: Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
07 Die Kreuztragung 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
  Composer: Buxtehude, Dietrich
08 Klag-Lied 03:46 $ 0.90 USD
  Composer: Holborne, Anthony
09 Muy linda, galliard 02:06 $ 0.50 USD
10 Joj Mati 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
11 Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
12 Bånsull 02:53 $ 0.69 USD
  Composer: Holborne, Anthony
13 Last will and testament, pavane 03:30 $ 0.84 USD
  Composer: Ó Catháin, Ruaidri Dáll
14 Tabhair dom do lámh 05:25 $ 1.30 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
15 Flow my tears / Lachrimae antiquae 04:24 $ 1.06 USD
  Composer: Balke, Jon
  Suite Susanne
16 Introducing Susanne - a meditation on Susanne un jour 01:51 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Sommer, Johann
17 Devising Susanne 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Dowland, John
18 Gaillard ‘Susanna’ 01:11 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Byrd, William
19 Ye sacred muses 04:18 $ 1.03 USD
  Composer: Gow, Niel
20 Niel Gow’s lament for the death of his second wife 05:35 $ 1.34 USD
  Album total 66:28
ComposerBalke, Jon
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
Buxtehude, Dietrich
Byrd, William
Dowland, John
Eike, Bjarte
Gow, Niel
Holborne, Anthony
Sommer, Johann
Ó Catháin, Ruaidri Dáll
ConductorEike, Bjarte
ArrangerBalke, Jon
Eike, Bjarte
Valent, Milos
OrganBalke, Jon

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