Rembrandt: Music of His Time

Rembrandt: Music of His Time

     
 
With its Art and Music series, Naxos has come up with a classy looking way of recycling earlier items from its catalog. The discs in the series don't quite deliver what they promise, but this one does better than most. The title Rembrandt: Music of His Time is accurate as far as it goes; the art-historical essay on Rembrandt by Hugh

Overview

With its Art and Music series, Naxos has come up with a classy looking way of recycling earlier items from its catalog. The discs in the series don't quite deliver what they promise, but this one does better than most. The title Rembrandt: Music of His Time is accurate as far as it goes; the art-historical essay on Rembrandt by Hugh Griffith is concise and informative; there are several nice color reproductions included in the booklet, beyond the norm for cost-conscious Naxos. The performances are a nice mix of above-average items from the label's roster of Canadian, British, and Northern European artists, and an effort has been made toward remastering and coherent track sequencing. Is this music Rembrandt would have known? In most cases, no; most of it is not Dutch, and while some music certainly would have been imported to Rembrandt's world, it's not clear the way ballet music by Lully would have been. To focus on Rembrandt's actual musical world would have required a closer focus on the music of the Netherlands during his lifetime, a focus that's necessary to an effort to really understand how art and music interacted in a specific cultural setting. What makes this better than other similar releases, though, is that this is more than just a random cross-secttion of music from the period. Griffith points out points of conceptual connection if not actual connection: amateur music-making (represented by English works and by lute music), Lutheranism, organ music. There are pieces by Sweelinck and other Dutch composers. The result is a disc of value for, say, travelers to Holland or college classes on Renaissance culture, even if it might leave the acute listener hungering for something a bit closer to the mark.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Naxos Educational
UPC:
0636943811825
catalogNumber:
8558118

Tracks

  1. La Bourrée (Terpischore, 32)
  2. Bransle de la Torche for 5 part instrumental ensemble (Terpsichore, 15)
  3. Earle of Mountgomerie Delight
  4. Echo Fantasia for organ in A minor
  5. Fantasia a 3, No.3, for viols, MB9
  6. The Fairest Nymph, mask for keyboard, MB43
  7. Onder een linde groen (Unter der Linden grüne), variations for keyboard (2 versions)
  8. Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt (Psalm 100) for double chorus & continuo, SWV 36 (Op. 2/15) (2 versions)
  9. Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, for 2 sopranos & continuo, SWV 289 (Op. 8/8) (2 versions)
  10. Sonata for trumpet & organ No 8 in C "detta Del Nero"
  11. Alman
  12. Corante I
  13. Prélude for harpsichord in C major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 9)
  14. Allemande for harpsichord in C major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 15)
  15. Psalm 24, for keyboard
  16. Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Ouverture
  17. Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Bourrée pour les Basques
  18. Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Deuxième Air pour les mesmes
  19. Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Air pour les Paysans et Paysanes
  20. Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Gigue pour Scaramouche
  21. Prélude for harpsichord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 12)
  22. Tombeau pour Mr. de Blancrocher, for harpischord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 81)
  23. Capriccio Primo for 2 trumpets, bassoon & organ
  24. Sinfonia XI

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