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Fantasias and Aires

The Locke Consort

Jenkins

SKU: 17602

Year of release: 2002

1. No. 2 in A minor Jenkins 03:56
2. No. 5 in F major Jenkins 04:41
3. No. 6 in Bb major Jenkins 04:29
4. No. 1 in D minor Jenkins 04:39
5. No. 14 in F major Jenkins 05:12
6. No. 9 in D major Jenkins 05:01
7. No. 11 in G minor Jenkins 05:25
8. No. 8 in C major Jenkins 04:45
9. No.10 in A minor Jenkins 05:32
10. No. 12 in C minor Jenkins 05:00
11. No. 15 in A major Jenkins 06:24
12. No. 13 in A major Jenkins 04:33
13. No. 7 in E minor Jenkins 04:12
14. No. 4 in G minor Jenkins 04:33
15. No. 3 in D major Jenkins 04:56
Total time: 73:25

About this album

The life of John Jenkins was a long one. Born in 1592, the son of a Maidstone carpenter, he seems to have spent most of his life as a musician in houses of the nobility, mainly in East Anglia.  Here he would teach, perform and compose, no doubt suiting his compositions to the available resources and players.

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Reviews

Volkskrant

voorbeeldige uitvoering, voortreffelijke opname, vooral ook door de positionering van de instrumenten in het stereobeeld, die het heen en weer kaatsen en doorgeven van de motieven en melodieën nog verheldert.

Classics Today.com

This is music with generous amounts of color created by duet passages from the violins, a wide variety of voicings, and imaginative use of the plucked strings of the theorbo. (…) (…) the musicians are virtuoso soloists and first-rate ensemble players, and all of their skills are challenged in these highly developed, often florid works (…)

Klassieke Zaken

De combinatie van twee huppelende en speelse barokviolen met de ernstige, strakke streken van de gefrette gamba en het ondersteunende getokkel vn de theorbe klinkt fantastisch. Een schitterend huwelijk tussen frivoliteit en sonoriteit

Luister

De muziek is afwisselend levendig en gedragen, waarbij de instrumenten op steeds verschillende manieren met elkaar communiceren. De musici brengen deze gevarieerde interactie met een natuurlijke soepelheid en een groot gevoel voor subtiele nuances. Doordat ze perfect naar elkaar luisteren, zijn ensemblegesprekken ook werkelijk ensemblegesprekken, dialogen ook echt dialogen en komen imitiatieve passages zeer overtuigend over. (…)

Tijdschrift voor Oude Muziek

De musici zijn hoorbaar verheugd over hun muzikale ontdekking en de muziek geeft daar ook alle aanleiding toe. (…)

American Record Guide

The Locke Consort does a beautiful job with these; each fantasia-suite is rendered with the elegance and precision it deserves (…) (…) The souns is excellent. (…)

Gramophone

the balanced tonal landscape, and gentle undemanding melodie phrases are exploited sensitively by the experienced Loche Consort and underpinned with an unfussy authority by theorbo player Fred Jacobs, who honours Jenkins’ own instrument by keeping the organ out of the frame (…)

Goldberg

The Locke consort plays beautifully (…) (…) This lovely release is one of the most enjoyable SACD’s I have heard to date and enhances our knowledge of an already appealing composer. Hifi+ (…) the music is beautifully crafted and not infrequently eloquent, particularly in the slow sections that conclude each fantasia. (…)

Fanfare

the performances couldn’t be better-they are obviously historical informed, but are vribant and rhythmically alert. Intonation is flawless and technique unfailingly clean. (…) (…) excellent recital (…)

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording Locationdoopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands October 2001
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersDCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series