DELIGHT IN MUSICKE
With Klaartje van Veldhoven, soprano
Brilliant Classics 95654 • March 2018
Baldwine • Byrd • Dowland • Gibbons • Nicholson
Patrick • Purcell • Tye
King Henry VIII of England (1491–1547) had a natural inclination for music and established ensembles of viols, recorders, flutes and shawms at Court. This rich musical tradition continued throughout the reigns of Elizabeth I and her successor James I. In this CD, Seldom Sene and Klaartje van Veldhoven present ingenious instrumental repertoire and songs of sundry kinds: from theatrical laments to celebrations of spring and settings of devotional poetry.
A musical mosaic spanning five centuries
Brilliant Classics 94871 • September 2014
Desprez • Cabezón • Victoria • Handl • Tye
Coprario • Holborne • Johnson • Tallis • J.S. Bach
Boismortier • Frenzel • Reger • Caldini • Geysen
Taracea is the Spanish word for an inlaid decorative work made from small pieces of different coloured woods and other fine materials, arranged to form intricate geometric shapes. For this CD, we sought a collection of contrasting, masterful works that would 'slot together' to form a harmonious, yet stylistically varied mosaic. We have paid special attention to the repertoire that we consider to be the golden ages of consort playing: the Renaissance and our own time, and made excursions into music from other eras - in particular the Baroque and the earlier 20th century.
J.S. Bach: GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Arranged by María Martínez Ayerza
Brilliant Classics 95591 • October 2017
Humour, emotion, order, gracefulness, power – nothing is strange to the Goldberg Variations! This well-known collection condenses the art of harpsichord playing into thirty wide-ranging pieces based upon a simple bass line. Beautiful arias, intelligent canons, elegant dances and spectacular toccatas display the styles, forms and techniques available to professional keyboardists in Bach's time.
This album was selected Bach Album of the Year 2017 by the listeners of Geen Dag zonder Bach on Concertzender Nederland.
EL AIRE SE SERENA
Music from the courts and cathedrals
of 16th-century Spain
Brilliant Classics 95304 • February 2016
Antonio & Hernando de Cabezón • Caroso
Desprez • Guerrero • Lobo • da Milano • Morales
Peñalosa • de la Torre • Vásquez • Verdelot
The title, taken from the Ode to Francisco de Salinas by Fray Luis de León, invokes the tranquility of some of the motets and love songs on this record. Our main goal behind this eclectic collection is to revisit ideals and practices which were essential in the 16th century which seeks to find structure and balance, just intonation, ornamentation and text expression. The ensemble also aims to display the masterful beauty of Renaissance music and to suggest a variety of moods and emotions that may also speak to the heart and soul of the contemporary listener.
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Check out a few videos made during the recording of Taracea and El aire se serena.