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Folie Douce (Sweet Folly) Renaissance Improvisations

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Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
Today, only jazz musicians are expected to improvise, but in the 17th century, improvisation was part of every musician's bag of tricks. The French early music group Doulce Mémoire recaptures the excitement of extemporization in these dance suites as the musicians' strong sense of rhythm generates energy and swing. Recording in a bank might not seem like something to advertise, but the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is one of the finest acoustical settings in the world. FOLIE DOUCE is Dorian's 100th recording in this hallowed hall, and they know how to make the best of it, creating sound that positively glows.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Benjamin Ivry
Today, only jazz musicians are expected to improvise, but in the 17th century, improvisation was part of every musician's bag of tricks. The French early music group Doulce Mémoire recaptures the excitement of extemporization in these dance suites as the musicians' strong sense of rhythm generates energy and swing. Recording in a bank might not seem like something to advertise, but the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is one of the finest acoustical settings in the world. FOLIE DOUCE is Dorian's 100th recording in this hallowed hall, and they know how to make the best of it, creating sound that positively glows.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479026224
  • Catalog Number: 90262
  • Sales rank: 336,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Terpsichore dances: Bransle de la Royne 1 & 2 - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (2:12)
  2. 2 Bransle Gay double 8 (3) (from Terpsichore, 1612) - Pierre Francisque Caroubel & Doulce Mémoire (2:55)
  3. 3 Terpsichore dances: Bransle double de Poictu 9 - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (1:44)
  4. 4 Ballet 264, 1, 2 & 3 - Anonymous, Terpsichore & Doulce Mémoire (2:32)
  5. 5 Terpsichore dances: Gaillarde 298 - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (2:50)
  6. 6 Terpsichore dances: Courante-Sarabande 104 - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (2:04)
  7. 7 La Rosette: Courante "La Rosette" 109 - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (1:32)
  8. 8 Courante 157 - Anonymous, Terpsichore & Doulce Mémoire (4:20)
  9. 9 Contrapuncto primo - Vincenzo Galilei & Doulce Mémoire (3:48)
  10. 10 Pavana 7 - Valentin Haussmann & Doulce Mémoire (1:54)
  11. 11 Nachtanz - Valentin Haussmann & Doulce Mémoire (0:54)
  12. 12 Sophia (12) - Erasmus Widmann & Doulce Mémoire (2:18)
  13. 13 Regina - Erasmus Widmann & Doulce Mémoire (2:08)
  14. 14 Clara (16) - Erasmus Widmann & Doulce Mémoire (1:36)
  15. 15 Euphrosina (18) - Erasmus Widmann & Doulce Mémoire (3:02)
  16. 16 Work(s): Unspecified Padouana - Johann Hermann Schein & Doulce Mémoire (2:02)
  17. 17 Work(s): Unspecified Courente - Johann Hermann Schein & Doulce Mémoire (6:29)
  18. 18 Work(s): Unspecified Gagliard - Johann Hermann Schein & Doulce Mémoire (2:45)
  19. 19 Work(s): Unspecified Allemande - Johann Hermann Schein & Doulce Mémoire (2:39)
  20. 20 Work(s): Unspecified Tripla - Johann Hermann Schein & Doulce Mémoire (1:58)
  21. 21 Aria di Fiorenza: Ballo, Gaillarde, Canario (improvisation) - Anonymous & Doulce Mémoire (2:30)
  22. 22 Fantasia - Ioanne Matelart & Doulce Mémoire (2:45)
  23. 23 Meza note galiarda (11) - Anonymous & Doulce Mémoire (5:27)
  24. 24 Pavane d'espagne - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (1:53)
  25. 25 Gaillarde (15) - Pierre Attaingnant & Doulce Mémoire (1:37)
  26. 26 Gaillarde - Pierre Attaingnant & Doulce Mémoire (1:38)
  27. 27 Spagnoletta - Anonymous & Doulce Mémoire (2:09)
  28. 28 Ballet 269 - Anonymous, Terpsichore & Doulce Mémoire (1:42)
  29. 29 Terpsichore dances: Volte 222 - Michael Praetorius & Doulce Mémoire (3:09)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow! When they say ¿Improvisations¿, they mean it!

    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¿.

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