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BRUEGEL: Music of his time

NAXOS ART AND MUSIC 8.558147 [76’15"]



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Adrian WILLAERT (c.1490-1562)
Magnificat sexti toni [5’32"]
Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly (from Naxos 8.553211)
ANONYMOUS arr. Tylman SUSATO (c.?1500-1561/4)

Den IIII., I. ende VI. Ronde (pub.1551) [2’26"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
Tylman SUSATO

Int midden van den meye [1’39"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
ANONYMOUS

Ghy edel jonghe gheesten [2’29"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
ANONYMOUS arr. Tylman SUSATO

Den IIII. ende III. Allemaingne [2’15"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
Carolus SOULIAERT (?-c.1540)

Ick ginck noch gister avent [2’44"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
Jacobus CLEMENS NON PAPA (c.1510/15-1555/6)

Prière devant le repas [2’03"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Jacobus CLEMENS NON PAPA

Action des graces [2’23"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Arnold von BRUCK (?c.1500-1554)

So trinken wir alle [1’12"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.553352)
Ludwig SENFL (c.1486-1542/3)

Will niemand singen (5vv) [2’46"]
Ensemble Villanella (from Naxos 8.553352)
ANONYMOUS

Hoe drucklic is dat herte myn [1’34"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
Lupus HELLINCK (c.1496-1541)

Nieuwe almanack [1’34"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
Jean LHÉRITIER (c.1480-after 1552)

Surrexit pastor bonus [6’13"]
Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly (from Naxos 8.550843)
ANONYMOUS

Aenmerckt nu hier [1’40"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
ANONYMOUS

Een meysken eens voerby passeerde [2’29"]
Convivium Musicum Gothenburgense (from Naxos 8.554425)
SANDRIN (Pierre Regnault) (c.1490-after 1461)

Je ne le croy [1’58"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Clément JANEQUIN (c.1485-1558)

Or vien ça [2’18"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Claudin de SERMISY (c.1490-1562)

Tant que vivrai (4vv) [2’17"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Claudin de SERMISY (c.1490-1562)

La la, maistre Pierre 94 (4vv) [1’00"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Jacques ARCADELT (?1505-1568)

La pastorella mia (1554) [2’57"]
Shirley Rumsey (lute) (from Naxos 8.550615)
Francesco da MILANO (1497-1543)

Fantasia 16 [1’09"]
Shirley Rumsey (lute) (from Naxos 8.550615)
Adrian WILLAERT

Vecchie letrose non valete niente [0’58"]
Shirley Rumsey (lute) (from Naxos 8.550615)
Francesco da MILANO

Fantasia 31 [1’20"]
Shirley Rumsey (lute) (from Naxos 8.550615)
Jacobus CLEMENS NON PAPA

Ego flos campi (7vv) (pub.1555) [6’00"]
Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly (from Naxos 8.550843)
Robert PARSONS (c.1530-1570)

The Song Called Trumpets (6 viols) [2’15"]
Rose Consort of Viols (from Naxos 8.554284)
Thomas TALLIS (c.1505-1585)

A Solfing Song a 5 [2’55"]
Rose Consort of Viols (from Naxos 8.554284)
Orlande de LASSUS (1532-1594)

Bonjour mon coeur (4vv) (pub.1564) [1’28"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Orlande de LASSUS

Beau le cristal [1’38"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
Orlande de LASSUS

Un jeune moine [2’17"]
The Scholars of London (from Naxos 8.550880)
John JOHNSON (c.1541-c.1594)

Rogero [1’39"]
Shirley Rumsey (lute) (from Naxos 8.550776)
Orlande de LASSUS

Lauda mater ecclesia (5vv) (1597) [4’48"]
Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly (from Naxos 8.550843)

 

What will companies do next to sell their recordings? Here is quite a novel idea of presenting music written as contemporaneous to an artist, in this case Pieter Bruegel (1525/30-1569). As can be seen, all these pieces have been issued previously. They have been gathered together under the unifying banner of Bruegel being items relevant to his milieu. To deal but briefly with the musical aspect, everything is well performed and presented, and makes very pleasant listening if you like renaissance period pieces. I would not suggest listening through for an hour and a quarter. Instead I suggest you to dip in and enjoy a few extracts at a time; much more enjoyable. The alternative for the renaissance enthusiast is to play this as background music, possibly with other aficionados at a dinner party (complete with serving wenches and dancers?). Seriously, the selection is well varied and changes sufficiently from one item to the next so as not to become boring.

So to the art aspect; I must admit that the amount I know about art and artists would leave ample room if written on the back of a CD. That said, I certainly recognised several of the paintings illustrated in the booklet, notably "The Peasant Dance" and "The Tower of Babel". The booklet is informative about Bruegel’s life and times and has several other illustrations of his paintings, together with a useful chronology of events during his lifetime, relating these to the Franco-Flemish school of musical composition. Added to this is a basic pen portrait of the composers illustrated on the disc, together with the text and English translation of the choral and vocal items - an admirable presentation, particularly for only £5; other companies, please take note.

I derived a great deal of pleasure from this disc. It may possibly be better to buy the individual CDs, but for anyone wanting to explore this period of great change in musical form this cross-section gives a good insight.


John Portwood



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