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Konge af Danmark / Les Witches


Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 323   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tobias HumeSamuel ScheidtThomas SimpsonThomas Robinson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: Duke of Holstones Delight by Tobias Hume
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Ludi musici: Paduan ŕ 4 by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
3.
The first part of ayres: no 6, The Duke of Holstones Almaine by Tobias Hume
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Taffel-Consort: no 20, Ricercar "Bonny sweet Robin" by Thomas Simpson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Spanish Pavan for lute by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Courant by Nicolaus Bleyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Volta by Thomas Simpson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
8.
Fader vor Gud i Himmerig (God Our Father in Heaven), hymn by Mogens Pedersán
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Sine titulo by Johann Schop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10.
O che soave baccio, madrigal by Mogens Pedersán
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
A Toy by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
12.
A Plaine Song by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
Also gehts also stehts, SSWV 137 by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
14.
Paduana for consort by Matthaus Maercker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Galliard by Melchior Borchgrevinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
16.
Pavane for consort by John Maynard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
17.
Paduana by Nicolas Gistou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18.
Galliard by Nicolas Gistou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1609 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
19.
Vater unser im Himmereich, hymn by Johann Lorenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
20.
Canzona No. 21 in C major by Johann Vierdanck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 07/2008 
Venue:  Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A welcome reissue December 9, 2016 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Alpha's reissue series continues with this landmark 2008 recording from Les Witches. The recording was built around a program of music that would have been heard by Danish king Christian IV around 1600. Christian IV was a patron of the arts, and his home Konge Af Denmark became a cultural center for Scandinavia. Les Witches recorded this album with the Esaias Compenius organ of Frederiksborg Castle. Virtually unchanged since it was installed in 1617, the Compenius organ retains its original tuning and voicing. Using the organ brought an additional level of authenticity to Les Witches' performances, and changed the dynamics of those performances. As the musicians explain in the liner notes, the organ was so versatile they didn't have to use a harpsichord to vary the ensemble's texture. And they found that their own instruments blended quite well with this centuries-old instrument. The program is music from the court (or at least time) of Christian IV, and the performances hold up quite well. At times one can hear the bellows of the organ creaking in the background, and sometimes in soft passages the action's audible. But for me, that just adds to the performance. Those noises were most likely there in the 1600s, and audiences ignored them as we do HVAC systems in modern venues. When this album was first released, the music may have seemed a little exotic. While composers such as Mogens Pederson and Melchior Borchgrevinck remain obscure, others like Tobias Hume and Samuel Scheidt have enjoyed more frequent performances in the early music world. The playing is enthusiastic, and the ensemble sound has a rough-hewn quality about it. That's not due to imprecise playing -- rather, it's the sound of early music instruments being pushed to their limits by the enthusiastic players. Konge af Denmark is great fun, and I"m glad it's available once again." Report Abuse
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