Jean Rondeau: Melancholy Grace
Klasyczna Muzyka Barokowa
premiera polska: 2021-07-30
opakowanie: Digipackowe etui
“Melancholy” is the fil rouge of the new album of the French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, with repertoire by European composers from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries including Rossi, Frescobaldi, and Dowland.
It has been recorded on two harpsichords, one of which is a historical “Virginal” from 1527, one of the first harpsichords ever made, manufactured in Naples in 1527 and property of a private collection.
Melancholy Grace is a poetic collection of keyboard music from the 16th and 17th centuries by composers from Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany, including Frescobaldi, Luigi Rossi, Picchi, Luzzaschi, Sweelinck, Dowland, Bull and Gibbons. The French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau has conceived the album as a sombre, but eloquent dialogue between two contrasting voices: melancholy conveyed through chromaticism and melancholy conveyed through the musical expression of tears and weeping. Each voice finds expression through a different instrument: a 16th century Italian virginal (a compact harpsichord) for the ‘tears’ and a modern replica of an 18th century harpsichord for the ‘chromatic’ pieces.
BBC Music Magazine - 4 out of 5 stars
... superb voicing and clarity of sound. Most pieces are sombre in tone, which Rondeau delivers with a well-judged pinch of melancholy...
... sense of breath and space pervades the album, and coming in at over 80 minutes, it’s shed the feeling that it’s a recording at all: Rondeau presents something closer to meditation...
Jean Rondeau, harpsichord
anon.: Paduana Lachrymae
Bull, J: Melancholy Pavan
Bull, J: Melancoly Galliard
Dowland: Lachrimae Verae
Frescobaldi: Toccata Settima
Gibbons, O: Pavana No. 292
Luzzaschi: Toccata del Quarto Tono
Picchi: Ballo alla Polacha
Rossi, Luigi: Passacaille del sign[or]Louigi
Storace, B: Recercar di legature
Strozzi, G: Toccata quarta
Sweelinck: Fantasia Chromatica a 4 in D minor, SwWV258
Valente, A: Sortemeplus con alcuni fioretti
total time - 01:18:33
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