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Doulce Memoire / Margaret Little, Sylvain Bergeron

Ortiz / Banister / Playford / Lanier / Bergeron
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22685   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Diego OrtizJohn BanisterNicholas LanierFrancesco de Layolle,   ... 
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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DOULCE MÉMOIRE Margaret Little (vdg); Sylvain Bergeron (archlute) ATMA 22685 (62:25)


Works by ORTIZ, BANISTER, PLAYFORD, LANIER, DE LAYOLLE, DE SELMA, BASSANO, ROGNIONO, BONIZZI, ANONYMOUS


This is one of those lovely discs that comes along every so often, in which music from the 16th and 17th centuries is performed in a manner suggesting the folk tradition as much as the classical. The content also suggests folk music, because one focus of this CD Read more is variations on popular melodies of the era. La Folia , probably the most famous of these melodies, is performed in a version by an unknown composer that has been taken from John Playford’s collection The Division Violin . (“Division,” in the 1680s, referred to the art of variation.) The melody that gives this CD its title comes from a 16th-century madrigal by Pierre Sandrin. Here, Little and Bergeron play three different works based on that melody: a Duo by François de Layolle, a recercada by Diego Ortiz, and a version by Vincenzo Bonizzi. The variations represented on this CD often take the form of diminutions. “Diminution” refers to the practice of taking the long notes of a melody and dividing them into a series of short notes. These embellishments sometimes obscure the original melody entirely, but if they are sensitively constructed, as they are here, the result has a beauty and eloquence of its own.


Little and Bergeron play together on most of the 17 tracks. On occasion, Little exchanges her treble viol for a bass viol, and the different timbre adds welcome variety to the program. No matter what instrument she is playing, however, Little is always expressive, and always musical in her phrasing. In John Banister’s Another Ground , Bergeron is given a solo opportunity, and he makes the most of it: One immediately recognizes that his playing is just as sensitive and gorgeous as Little’s. This is one of the CD’s highlights. The aforementioned folk tradition really comes into the foreground in Roger de Coverly (another work by an anonymous composer, taken from The Division Violin ), which would not sound out of place being played from the bow of a ship sailing down the St. Lawrence River far upstream from Montréal—that is, assuming one of the sailors owned a viola da gamba! I was not surprised to read that Little has performed with La Nef, a Canadian ensemble whose approach to early music has nothing of the museum about it, and everything of the fresh open air.


The combination of viola da gamba and lute is entrancing, and Little and Bergeron are in perfect accord throughout this beguiling program. Perfect for late night listening, perhaps by the light of a candle, Doulce Mémoire leaves sweet memories behind indeed.


FANFARE: Raymond Tuttle
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Works on This Recording

1.
Work(s): Recercada primera, quarta, ottava by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Divisions on a Ground by John Banister
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Love's Constancy by Nicholas Lanier
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Doulce Mémoire, duo for archlute & bass viol by Francesco de Layolle
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1539 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Recercada segonda sobre Doulce Mémoire by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Fantasia a basso solo (Canzoni, fantasie et correnti No. 10) by Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1638 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Roger of Coverly Divisions in D minor (from The Divsion Violin) by Anonymous
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
John Come Kiss Me Now, for viol (from The Division-Viol) by Anonymous
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Recercada No. 2 sobre el madrigal O felici occhi miei by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
Recercada no 5 by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
11.
Tollet's Ground, for viol (from The Division-Viol) by George Tollett
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Written: circa 1650 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
12.
Ricercata ottava by Giovanni Bassano
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13.
Dolce Me Moy à 4 (after Sandrin) by Vincenzo Bonizzi
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14.
Faronell's Division on a Ground by Traditional
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15.
Paul's Steeple (from John Playford's Dancing Master) (a.k.a. "The Duke of Norfolk", "St. Paul's Stee by Anonymous
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
16.
Another Division upon a Ground by John Banister
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17.
Diminutions sur "Ancor che col partire," for viol & continuo by Richardo Rogniono
Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 03/2013 
Venue:  Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Trattado de glosas: Recercada prima, quarta, ottava
A Division on a Ground by Mr. Banister
Paul's Steeple, Or The Duke Of Norfolk
No more shall meads (Love's constancy)
Doulce Memoire
Trattado de glosas: Recercada seconda, "Doulce Memoire"
Fantasia per Basso solo
Roger of Coverly
John Come Kiss Me Now [17th Century]
Trattado de glosas: Recercada primera sobre (O felicci ochi miei)
Trattado de glosas: Recercada quinta
Another Ground
Tollets ground
Ricercata ottava
Ancor che col partire
Dolce me moy (after Sandrin)
Faronells Division on Ground, "Folia" [The Division Violin]

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