Ensemble Stravaganza - Abendmusiken (24/96 FLAC)
Ensemble Stravaganza – Abendmusiken (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: Ensemble Stravaganza, Thomas Soltani, Domitille Gilon, Louis Creac’h, Robin Phato, Vincent Maurice, Chloé Sévère
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Muso
Release: 2018
Size: 1.GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Theile: Sonata duplex a 3: Allegro – Adagio – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro – Adagio

Buxtehude: Sonata in C major, BuxWV266
02. I. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
03. II. Solo – Allegro
04. III. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio – Presto – Adagio – Lento

Erlebach: Sonata 5 for violin and viola da gamba in E Minor
05. I. Adagio
06. II. Allegro
07. III. Adagio
08. IV. Allemande
09. V. Courante
10. VI. Sarabande
11. VII. Gigue

Buxtehude: Sonata in G major, BuxWV271
12. I. Allegro
13. II. Solo: Adagio – Allegro – Allegro / Adagio a 3
14. III. Allegro
15. IV. Solo: Adagio – Allegro
16. V. Allegro

Reinken: Hortus Musicus IV in D Minor
17. I. Sonata 16ta
18. II. Allemand 17ma
19. III. Courant 18va
20. IV. Saraband 19ma
21. V. Gigue 20ma

From the middle of the sixteenth century the reputation for excellence of the composers of Northern Germany was well established. Given dynamism by commercial exchanges thanks to the bustling activity of the port of Hamburg notably, the cities of the Hanseatic League welcomed many foreign workers, their customs inspiring the artistes of the Germanic tradition. At the end of the seventeenth century, Hamburg was a free city sheltered from war, a refuge for artistes and for great fortunes. It was then the most cosmopolitan city in Germany and its population included a great number of merchants, bankers, diplomats and senators, so many men who were rich and who had the time necessary for enjoying music and for encouraging this flourishing art.

As close friends, Johann Adam Reinken, Dietrich Buxtehude – both admired by Bach – and Johann Theile belonged to the circle of contrapuntists of Northern Germany, finding inspiration, however, in the monodic stile nuovo of Italy, championing the idea that music should be at the service of the drama. This musical circle, both professional and friendly, met frequently at Abendmusiken, or musical evenings, created in 1646 in Lübeck by Franz Tunder, organist of the Marienkirche who was to be succeeded by Buxtehude. Organists, great improvisors, the music of the four composers of this programme often comprises suites of short movements in each of which occur identical or related harmonic and melodic elements, characteristics of improvisation and peculiar to the stylus phantasticus, a musical movement dear to composers of this period.

For their second disc for muso, the Ensemble Stravaganza returns to its favourite repertory to offer a disc that is virtuoso, lyrical, richly sonorous and colourful, and is performed with astonishing naturalness.

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