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BRUEGEL: Music of his time

NAXOS ART AND MUSIC 8.558147 [76’15"]

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)

 

The essay and chronology supplied with this disc make it worthwhile to the Breughelly uninitiated. Breughel’s work is interesting for his somewhat larger than life attitude to his subjects, be it country bumpkins who are partying or death, that perennial accompaniment to the human condition. The Naxos essay is fascinating in itself. This is an imaginative way to recycle back-catalogue while simultaneously posing the question of how valid the parallel comparison of art and music is, and how fruitful it can be. Certainly hearing this music provides an aural backdrop, but how close Breughel’s slightly wacky take on the world correlates with the choral world of Adrian Willaert with which the programme opens is open to debate. But the good news is that Jeremy Summerly’s Oxford Camerata are on top form and the Magnificat sexti toni is marvelously performed.

The 31 tracks that comprise this disc are actually well-contrasted - the jolly instrumental Susato that immediately follows on from the Willaert is a case in point - brazen is the word that springs to mind!.

Recordings are excellent; only the Clemens non Papa items seemed a little lacking in body. Musically much will delight - try the exchanges between instrumental groupings in Aenmerckt nu hier (track 14) for example.

Highlights are Ludwig Senfl’s Will niemand singen (recorder and voices - delicate, with miraculous intertwining of lines) and the lovely La pastorella mia (Arcadelt, track 20) for solo voice, here Shirley Rumsey, and lute. The drinking song (track 9, So trinken wir alle) is great fun, too.

The playing time is over 75 minutes, which is generous, especially given the general overall high standard of performances. This is a multi-purpose disc, then, one to initiate people into Breughel (certainly no bad thing) but also an attractive musical package in its own right.

Worthy of investigation.

Colin Clarke


See also review by John Portwood


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