Eagles and Seven Tears (2015)

Haydn, Purcell, Dowland, Taverner, Lupo, Moelker, Part, Mintzer, da Bologna

Bassano Quartet

After the successful first album ‘Torres del Alma’ with quartets from the Spanish Renaissance, the idea arose to create a second album with new music and arrangements for the Eagle recorder and a unique performance of the ‘Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares’ of John Dowland with guest musician Daniël Brüggen. With this recording we aim to explore the extremes of the recorder quartet sound and forge new paths. Along with the medieval Aquila altera, the classical flute quartets of Haydn happen to sound excellent on a modern Eagle recorder. I arranged a saxophone quartet from Bob Mintzer and wrote a Chorale for two Eagle altos, a tenor and a bass. 

Over the centuries many different recorder sounds have been in fashion. During the Renaissance the internal bore of the recorder was wide giving a round sound with rich lower tones. After the Baroque period the recorder developed into a narrow and strongly conical tapered model. This created a silvery sound and a brilliant virtuoso high register. After the Baroque period many beautiful recorders were designed but in the long term they could not capture the increasingly loud, romantic and fast chromatic modern sounds. This required recorders to be louder and a sound with strong fundamentals. 

The narrow Baroque recorders were frequently copied since the revival of the old music scence and forms the basic model for most recorders that are now played. The disadvantage of this recorder is that they are soft and the low notes are weak. 

For the last 20 years I have worked to develop a better balance within the recorder sound. The Dream and Eagle recorders are the result of this quest. The wider bore gives a strong low register and through the use of a modern key system these recorders have a much larger range. Due to the strength, direct and pure sound, it blends easily with all modern orchestra instruments. 

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Bassano Quartet

The Bassano Quartet plays on historically built consort recorders with a length up to almost 3 meters (worlds largest recorder). These hand built instruments come from the workshop of Adriana Breukink. Her instruments are played by famous players and ensembles all over the world. The Bassano Quartet is formed by Adriana Breukink, Ronald Moelker, Sanne Vos and Wolf Meyer.

The quartet played in the Early Music Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia) to present their new cd. ‘Torres del Alma – Towers of the Soul’ with highlights of Spanish music from the 15th century manuscript Cancionero Musical de Palacio, around the mystic saint Teresa de Ávila from the 16th century and the 17th century Catalan composer Joan Cabanilles.

A new program is compiled were the quartet gives the newly designed and innovative Eagle Recorder a prominent role.

A surprising program with different styles from the Middle Ages to contemporary repertoire.

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Eagles and Seven Tears (2015)

Haydn, Purcell, Dowland, Taverner, Lupo, Moelker, Part, Mintzer, da Bologna

Bassano Quartet

Producer:Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer:Jos Boerland
Recording location:Johannes Church, Oosthem, Holland
Recording Software:Merging
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Flute Quartet in D Major op. 5 no. 1 - Presto assai
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Flute Quartet in D Major op. 5 no. 1 - Adagio
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Flute Quartet in D Major op. 5 no. 1 - Presto
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Fantasia 11
Purcell
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Pavan Lachrimae Antiquae
Dowland
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Pavan Lachrimae Antiquae Nova
Dowland
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Pavan Lachrimae Gementes
Dowland
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Pavan Lachrimae Tristes
Dowland
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Pavan Lachrimae Coactae
Dowland
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Pavan Lachrimae Amantis
Dowland
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Pavan Lachrimae Verae
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In Nomine
Taverner
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Pavan
Lupo
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Koraal 1, Westerbork 1943
Moelker
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Da pacem Domine
Part
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Slowly from Quartet 1
Mintzer
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Aquila Altera
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