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Posted October 1, 2010
This is Ensemble Doulce Memoire at its finest! Fascinating, finger-flying creativity is at work here. If you think you¿ve already heard these standard Renaissance dances by Praetorius, Attaignant, Haussmann, Widemann, Schein, and Peuerl, think again! These are fun, intricate and, at times, even frenzied arrangements featuring the impressive talents of founder Denis Raisin-Dadre on recorder, Freddy Eichelberger on harpsichord, Jean-Paul Boury on Cornetto, and Pascale Boquet on lute and guitar, with occasional percussive flare added by Bruno Caillat. Most of the selections on this release are pieces I love and know by heart, having played them for years with various amateur consorts. When faced with the option of improvising on a written part in such compositions, however, many amateurs tend to draw a complete blank regarding what to do, especially in front of an audience. If you play too, and this discomfort sounds familiar, buy this CD! Sit down with your score, put on the corresponding track, and watch what these musical wizards do with a simple line of melody. There are enough embellishment ideas here to practice and experiment with for a lifetime. And if you don¿t play, and could care less about learning how to improvise, just buy it for the sheer, joyful listening pleasure. ¿Folie Douce¿ is a true celebration of music and musicianship! If you are interested in more work of Ensemble Doulce Memoire, try their other Dorian release, ¿Renaissance Winds: Regal and Popular 16th Century Music for Wind Band¿, which showcases music for ¿high¿ (loud, outdoor, reed and brass) instruments, in contrast to the ¿low¿ (softer, indoor) instruments used in ¿Folie Douce¿. For more fun-filled Renaissance improvisations, try ¿The Food of Love: Early Instrumental Music of the British Isles¿ by Hesperus (recorder player Scott Reiss rocks!). For Baroque improvisations to rival the Renaissance ones in ¿Folie Douce¿, check out the recorder, strings and harpsichord of the Palladian Ensemble in ¿Held by the Ears¿.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.