Music in a Cold Climate: Sounds of Hansa Europe

Music in a Cold Climate: Sounds of Hansa Europe

by Gawain Glenton


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The Hanseatic League consisted of the maritime cities of Northern Europe, and brought together guilds and markets in the Netherlands, Germany, and the Baltic region in a confederation for mutual protection and trade; it was most influential from the late Medieval era through the Renaissance. Music in a Cold Climate, a 2018 CD from Delphian, explores the musical culture of Hansa Europe through distinctive performances by In Echo, a mixed consort of cornetto, sackbut, violins, viols, violone, organ, and harpsichord, led by Gawain Glenton. The range of dates for the composers listed here extends from 1560 to 1670, near the end of the Hanseatic League's influence, and the selections have an early Baroque feeling. This collection, for the most part, samples music that was published or performed in the region, and features works of Nicolaus à Kempis, William Brade, Antonio Bertali, Heinrich Albert, Johann Sommer, Thomas Baltzar, Dietrich Becker, Melchior Schildt, Anthony Holborne, Johann Staden, and Johann Schop, most of whose names may be unfamiliar to modern listeners, though the music has a familiar style that is easy to appreciate. There is one modern piece, Andrew Keeling's "Northern Soul," which was composed for Glenton and In Echo, though its Stravinskian flavor and quirky neoclassical character contrast sharply with the balanced phrasing and flowing counterpoint of the rest of the pieces. Still, this album offers an enjoyable survey of music that remains largely unexplored by early music groups, as well as a valuable history lesson.

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Release Date: 01/19/2018
Label: Delphian
UPC: 0801918342066
catalogNumber: 34206
Rank: 261232

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