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Rembrandt: Music of His Time

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Naxos Educational
  • UPC: 636943811825
  • Catalog Number: 8558118
  • Sales rank: 8,378

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Bourrée (Terpischore, 32) - Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) & Michael Praetorius (2:32)
  2. 2 Bransle de la Torche for 5 part instrumental ensemble (Terpsichore, 15) - Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) & Michael Praetorius (2:17)
  3. 3 Earle of Mountgomerie Delight - Tobias Hume & Les Voix Humaines (2:26)
  4. 4 Echo Fantasia for organ in A minor - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck & James David Christie (4:15)
  5. 5 Fantasia a 3, No.3, for viols, MB9 - Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) & Orlando Gibbons (3:46)
  6. 6 The Fairest Nymph, mask for keyboard, MB43 - Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) & Orlando Gibbons (1:35)
  7. 7 Onder een linde groen (Unter der Linden grüne), variations for keyboard (2 versions) - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck & James David Christie (5:32)
  8. 8 Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt (Psalm 100) for double chorus & continuo, SWV 36 (Op. 2/15) (2 versions) - Oxford Camerata & Heinrich Schütz (5:05)
  9. 9 Erhöre mich, wenn ich rufe, for 2 sopranos & continuo, SWV 289 (Op. 8/8) (2 versions) - Carys-Anne Lane & Heinrich Schütz (2:59)
  10. 10 Sonata for trumpet & organ No 8 in C "detta Del Nero" - Niklas Eklund & Girolamo Fantini (2:50)
  11. 11 Alman - Jacob Heringman & William Lawes (2:40)
  12. 12 Corante I - Jacob Heringman & William Lawes (1:57)
  13. 13 Prélude for harpsichord in C major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 9) - Louis Couperin & Laurence Cummings (2:18)
  14. 14 Allemande for harpsichord in C major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 15) - Louis Couperin & Laurence Cummings (3:16)
  15. 15 Psalm 24, for keyboard - Anthoni van Noordt & Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) (7:21)
  16. 16 Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Ouverture - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Kevin Mallon (2:04)
  17. 17 Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Bourrée pour les Basques - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Kevin Mallon (1:04)
  18. 18 Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Deuxième Air pour les mesmes - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Kevin Mallon (0:50)
  19. 19 Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Air pour les Paysans et Paysanes - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Kevin Mallon (0:55)
  20. 20 Xerxès, ballet (for F. Cavalli's "Serse"), LWV 12: Gigue pour Scaramouche - Jean-Baptiste Lully & Kevin Mallon (1:32)
  21. 21 Prélude for harpsichord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 12) - Louis Couperin & Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) (2:24)
  22. 22 Tombeau pour Mr. de Blancrocher, for harpischord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, No. 81) - Louis Couperin & Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) (5:35)
  23. 23 Capriccio Primo for 2 trumpets, bassoon & organ - Niklas Eklund & Johann Jakob Lowe von Eisenach (1:31)
  24. 24 Sinfonia XI - Johann Rosenmüller & Rembrandt (Harmenszoon Van Rijn) (5:20)
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