Recorder Quartet

Recorder Quartet
Composer Various Composers
Artist Flanders’ Recorder Quartet "Vier op ’n Rij"
Viola da Gamba Consort
Guy Penson harpsichord
Guy De Mey tenor
Marion Verbruggen recorder
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92504
EAN code 5028421925042
Release April 2006

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About this release

Over the past three or four decades early music has changed from elitist and hardly known to being widely performed and appreciated. With the growing popularity of early music the recorder has emancipated from that rather ill-reputed “instrument to introduce children to music” to a serious musical instrument in its own right. Several highly successful recorder ensembles and soloists are proof of this change. One of these ensembles is the Flanders’ Recorder Quartet “Vier op ‘n Rij” (Four in a row).

The first CD contains music by well-known Italian Renaissance composers like Giovanni Gabrieli and Frescobaldi. This often has an almost organ-like sound. In several pieces the quartet is joined by a sonorous viola da gamba quartet and a harpsichord. The English so-called consort music for small instrumental ensemble on the second CD predates the Italian repertoire. Most of the recorded pieces have their roots in existing melodies and songs. Music by well-known composers such as William Byrd en John Dowland is combined with pieces by amongst others Christopher Tye and John Ward.

Recorder player Marion Verbruggen occasionally plays a fifth part. Th release offers detailed and polished performances in an intimate atmosphere of varied and attractive repertoire.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Giovanni Battista RICCIO (†1620) Sonata a 4
  2. Dario CASTELLO (†1629) Sonata 15
  3. Gianbattista GRILLO (ca. 1622)* Canzona Il a 8
  4. Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1613) Canzon seconda
  5. Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Capriccio (di obligo di cantare)
  6. Giovanni PICCHI (†1625)* Canzon 19 a 8
  7. Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643)° Capriccio (sopra la bassa fiamenga)
  8. Costanzo PORTA (1528/29-1601)* Girometta a 8
  9. Dario CASTELLO (†1629) Sonata 16
  10. Giovanni Maria TRABACI (ca. 1575-1647) Canzona franzesa settima cromatica
  11. Gioseffe GUAMI (ca. 1540-1611)* Canzon 25 a 8
  12. Giovanni Pierluigi Da PALESTRINA (1525/26-1594) Ricercar del terzo tuono
  13. Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1613)* Canzone Il a 8
  14. Tarquinio MERULA (1594/95-1665) Canzona La Merula
  15. Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1613)Canzon prima "La Spiritata"

Disk 2

  1. William Byrd (1543-1623) The leaves be greene
  2. Christopher Tye (ca. 1505-1572) In Nomine Reporte
  3. In Nomine Crye
  4. In Nomine Re la re
  5. Henry Stonings (16th cent.) Browning my dere
  6. William Byrd (1543-1623) In Nomine I
  7. In Nomine IV
  8. Clement Woodstock (ca. 1575) Browning my dere
  9. John Dowland (1563?-1626) Lacrimae Antiquae
  10. Sir Henry Umpton’s Funerall
  11. The Earle of Essex Galiard
  12. Semper Dowland semper dolens
  13. The King of Denmarks Galiard
  14. John Baldwin (bef. 1560-1615) A Browninge of 3 voc.
  15. Proporcions to the mimum
  16. Cookow as I me walked
  17. Christopher Tye (ca. 1505-1572?) Sit fast
  18. Elway Bevin (ca. 1554-1638) Browning
  19. John Ward (1571-1638) Fantasia
  20. Richard Deering (ca. 1580-1630) Fantasia
  21. John Okeover (aft. 1590-ca. 1663) Fantasia
  22. Thomas Simpson (1582-aft. 1630) Canzon