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Visions of the Renaissance

Meridian Arts Ensemble

Giovanni Coprario, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Hermann Schein, Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa, Orlando Gibbons

SKU: 6594

Year of release: 1994

1. Fantasia a 5 Giovanni Coprario 02:09
Suite in G Major 07:51
2. Grave Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni 02:17
3. Allegro Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni 01:58
4. Grave Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni 01:52
5. Allegro Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni 01:42
6. Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig Johann Sebastian Bach 01:12
7. Contrapunctus X from the Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach 03:28
8. Fantasia a 5 Giovanni Coprario 02:39
9. Sonata in D Major Domenico Scarlatti 04:37
Three Psalm Settings 07:21
10. Dennoch bleibe ich stets an dir Johann Hermann Schein 01:46
11. Herr, lass meine Klage Johann Hermann Schein 02:50
12. Die mit Tränen säen Johann Hermann Schein 02:44
13. Madrigal Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa 03:46
14. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist Johann Sebastian Bach 01:22
15. Contrapunctus III from the Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach 02:49
16. Fantasia 2 part, 2 Orlando Gibbons 01:55
17. Madrigal Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa 03:11
18. Est ist genug Johann Sebastian Bach 01:33
19. Contrapunctus XI from the Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach 05:06
20. Madrigal Carlo Gesualdo Di Venosa 02:55
21. Fantasia 3 part Orlando Gibbons 01:45
22. Contrapunctus I from the Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach 03:27
23. Fantasie Johann Sebastian Bach 02:53
Total time: 60:06

About this album

Visions of the Renaissance During the lengthy course of repertoire development for this disc, we began to realise that what appealed to us from the Renaissance and Baroque periods shared certain characteristics with the Twentieth Century music we enjoy. The music sounded good to us on our (modern) instruments. The musical phrases felt natural to us. Some of the music seemed downright bizarre, and therefore highly attractive. And much of it represented quite a technical challenge. As we began to think about the logic of a Baroque/Renaissance disc, it dawned on us that the musical vision represented by the composers we had selected was not at all alien to us, two hundred, three hundred, even four hundred years later. The structural complexities of a Bach Contrapunctus, the tortuous harmonies of a Gesualdo madrigal, the rigorous technical challenge of an Albinoni trio sonata – these all spoke to us in a direct fashion. We therefore present these pieces to our audience not according to any ideas currently in vogue concerning authentic period performance practice, but as an exploration of the sounds, the emotions, the visions of the past as seen from today…. Meridian Arts Ensemble

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(...) In het M.A.E. spelen louter virtuozen. De instrumenten mengen prachtig samen. Vooral de tuba-speler maakte grote indruk met verbluffend soepel gebonden noten. Zo mooi heb ik het niet eerder mogen horen.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateMarch 1994
Recording LocationDoopsgezinde Kerk Haarlem, Holland
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerJared Sacks