Spaerens Vreughden-Bron, Haarlem - City of Music in the Golden Age (2008)

Pieter deGrebber, Patoulet, Vesperale Romanum propr. Dioecesis Harlemensis, Helmbreecker, Padbrue, Luidhens, Grebber, Ban, van Noordt

Barocco Locco

 

The glorious epithet ‘Golden Age’, describing the seventeenth century in the Netherlands, and the Northern Netherlands in particular, says much about the preceding century too. For it was in the second half of that century that the gradual transition took place from the Renaissance to the early Baroque, and in many respects it was there that the roots of the ‘golden’ characteristics lay. The exuberance of the Baroque, however, was of relatively limited influence, since it hardly appealed to the sobriety of the increasingly Calvinist population. This was the background to the political and military stage of the Eighty Years’ War, which was to end with the signing of the Peace of Westphalia in Münster in 1648 and the formal independance of the Republic of the United Provinces. The discovery of new continents made a significant contribution to unprecedented economic growth. The Republic of the United Provinces became the indisputed economic centre of Europe, with trade links and possessions in no less than four continents and a merchant fleet that surpassed the combined fleets of England and France. In the ideological world, humanism, fired by the writings of Desiderius Erasmus, became a force to be reckoned with. In religious matters, the sixteenth century witnessed perhaps the greatest upheavals, with the emergence of Protestantism during the Reformation and the first effects of the Counter Reformation around 1560. If it were not for spectacular developments in the cultural world, to which the seventeenth century owed its honorary title, scholarship, literature, poetry, painting, engraving and music would not have attained such stupendous heights. 

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Barocco Locco

The ensemble Barocco Locco, founded in 1985 is an international ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from the 17th century. Using the tools of the time and authentic performance, the core of the ensemble consists of Saskia van der Wel (soprano, cello), Fritz Heller (zinc, Dulzian) and Vincent van Laar (organ).

Depending on the occasion, the ensemble can be extended with other singers and instrumentalists (Chitarrone, trombone, violin, Dulzian). Their concerts always feature a musical or cultural-historical subject and take into account both the big names in music history and masters who had mainly regional importance. Members of this genus are, for example, the Dutch composer Herman Hollanders, Jan Baptist Verrijt, Cornelis Padbrué, the Belgian Lambert Pietkin, Léonard de Hodemont or the Germans Johann Vierdanck or Thomas Selle. Very special attention is paid to the music history of the Aachen-Liège-Maastricht region.

Photo: from the Aliud Records website

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Spaerens Vreughden-Bron, Haarlem - City of Music in the Golden Age (2008)

Pieter deGrebber, Patoulet, Vesperale Romanum propr. Dioecesis Harlemensis, Helmbreecker, Padbrue, Luidhens, Grebber, Ban, van Noordt

Barocco Locco

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This disc's resounding subtitle "Haarlem - City of Music in the Golden Age" heralds a fascinating and unique project. The Il Barocco Locco players eschew pseudo-period mannerisms and thankfully play these otherwise lost scores "straight", with buoyant rhythms and eloquent phrasing, as do all the singers. Far from the dry words of historical texts, the program brings to life the music enjoyed by the citizens of Haarlem during the early Baroque period, giving us insights into their affairs and emotions. Jos Boerland's pure DSD recording in two medium-sized churches is exemplary, bringing out the myriad timbres and colours of these wonderful old instruments within the fairly uniform, moderately resonant environment. In Multichannel DSD, the experience is even more involving, as the surround channels are judiciously employed from time to time to effectively carry instruments or voices and not just ambience. 'Spaerens Vreuchden-Bron', the main title of the disc, is the name of a small book of ancient musical manuscripts which supplied some of the music for this disc. From this has grown a handsomely presented musical and historical experience, well worth investigating; not just for scholars, but for those who seek to understand the magic of music in our lives. Rating: 5 of 5 Stars for Performance, Stereo Sonics and Multichannel Sonics.

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Spaerens Vreughden-Bron, Haarlem - City of Music in the Golden Age (2008)

Pieter deGrebber, Patoulet, Vesperale Romanum propr. Dioecesis Harlemensis, Helmbreecker, Padbrue, Luidhens, Grebber, Ban, van Noordt

Barocco Locco

Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording location: Antonius & Pauluskerk Aerdenhout, Oud Katholiek Kerk, Haarlem
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Intrada
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Inviolata prima pars
Patoulet
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Inviolata secunda pars, Que nunc flagitant
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Inviolata tertia pars, Nobis concedas
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Hymnus in honorem St. Bavonis
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Voorspel
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Weest welkom
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Geluck-wenschinge
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Geeft Heer
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Synphonia in nuptias 1642 Pavana
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Gaillarde
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Dat ick betovert ben Eerste deel
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Dat ick betovert ben Tweede deel, Const heeft het my gedaen
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Dat ick betovert ben Derde deel, Blondt hayr
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Dat ick betovert ben Vierde deel, Maer boven al
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Corente
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Lanx de Secundi - Dit is het vaers soo ?t ghesneden is in de schaal
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Dat altijd dese Schael - Inschrifte des zilv?ren schaels
Grebber
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Capricie
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Omnia sunt hominum
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Me veux tu voir mourir
Ban
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Orpheus Ban
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O vos omnes prima pars
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O vos omnes secunda pars, O Triste Spectaculum
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Synphonia in nuptias 1641 Pavana
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Synphonia in nuptias 1641 Gaillarde
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Cantate Domino canticum novum
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Sonata a Cimbalo Solo
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Da Pacem - Ecce quam bonum
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