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Music for Sir Anthony van Dyck Petrus PHALESIUS (c.1510-1573) Bransle de Champaigne [04:10] Allemande Poussigne [02:24] Séverin CORNET (1530-1582) La peine dure [03:28] Peter CORNET(1570-1633) Courante and Variations [06:00] Peter PHILIPS (c.1560-1628) Pavan - Galliard Pagget [04:21] John ADSON(c.1585-1640) Courtly Masquing Ayre [02:26] John WARD (1571-1638) Ayre II [01:26] Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Canzone XXVII detta La Lanciona [02:52] Cento partite sopra Passcaglia [11:28] Dario CASTELLO(early 17th C) Sonata I a sopran solo [04:34] Peter PHILIPS Passamezzo Pavan a 6 [06:31] John BULL (c.1562-1628) Fantasia [03:28] Thomas LUPO (c.1571-1628) Fantaisie a 3 [03:08] William BYRD (1543-1623) Fantasia [08:32] Robert JOHNSON (c.1583-1633) The Temporiser [03:44] The Wittie Wanton [02:56]
(Laura Pok, Jean-Paul Hinnekens (recorder); Martin Bauer, Liam Fennely
(viola da gamba); Etienne Leuridan (harpsichord, organ, regale))
rec. 20-28 April 1999, Église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption,
Longueville, Belgium. DDD TALENT DOM 2911
It is a bit of a mystery to me why this disc has landed on my
desk. It was recorded in 1999 and as far as I can see it is
not a recent reissue.
Anyway, the music on this disc is interesting enough to write
something about it. The subject, as the title indicates, is
music from the time of Sir Anthony Van Dyck. This Flemish painter
was born in 1599, and this disc was made as part of the commemoration
of his birth. It contains music which Van Dyck could have heard
during his stays in several places in Europe.
He spent the first twenty years of his life in Antwerp where
he was a pupil of, among others, Peter Paul Rubens. The first
tracks of this disc are devoted to music which can be associated
with Flanders, and especially Antwerp. Petrus Phalesius was
a famous music printer, who had died long before Van Dyck was
born, but his son Pierre the younger had taken over the firm
and books with dance music remained popular and were reprinted.
Also musicians from Antwerp were Séverin and Peter Cornet
- not related - the latter of which was a famous keyboard virtuoso.
Peter Philips also belongs to this stage in Van Dyck's life:
he had left England because of his faith and settled in Antwerp
in the early 1590s. But when Van Dyck lived in Antwerp Philips
had already moved to Brussels where he became organist at the
Next a couple of English pieces are played, as Van Dyck travelled
to London in 1620 where he was offered the post of court painter
by King James I. We hear consort pieces by John Adson and John
The next stage was Italy where Van Dyck stayed from 1621 to
1627. He visited Rome, Venice, Florence, Palermo and Naples
and settled in Genoa as portrait-painter to the aristocracy.
We hear some pieces by the most famous composers of that time,
Girolamo Frescobaldi and Dario Castello. The Cento Partite is
one of Frescobaldi's most famous keyboard works, but the instrumental
canzona belongs to a part of his oeuvre which is still hardly
From 1627 to 1632 Anthony - or Anthoon, as his original name
was - stayed in Antwerp again, and we hear a consort piece by
Peter Philips and a keyboard work by John Bull, another English
composer who had settled in the Southern Netherlands, taking
the post of organist of the cathedral in Antwerp.
The last stage of his life was London again, where he remained
until his death. He was appointed "ordinary painter of
Their Majesties" and received the title of 'knight'.
We hear some consort pieces by Thomas Lupo and Robert Johnson
and a keyboard work by William Byrd.
This disc offers exclusively instrumental pieces which is only
one aspect of the music Van Dyck must have heard. It could be
used as a supplement to a disc with mainly vocal music by the
ensemble Currende, directed by Erik Van Nevel (Etcetera, 1999),
which was also recorded as part of the commemoration of Van
Dyck's birth. The musicians deliver good performances and in
particular the renaissance recorders produce a beautiful bright
sound. There is a nice variation in character and scoring between
the various compositions. The programme has been well recorded
and the booklet contains an interesting overview of Van Dyck's
life and career.
I recommend this disc to people who have a special interest
in music of this period. Although some pieces on this disc are
rather well-known there are also little-known gems on this disc
and the performances fully justify a recommendation.