Ricercar Consort

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Active: 1980 - ; Belgium
The Ricercar Consort is an ensemble of instrumentalists devoted to repertory largely from the seventeenth century. It is generally considered one of the foremost chamber groups in the genre of Baroque music. Active for about three decades, it has already made over 50 recordings and given countless concerts across the globe. The ensemble consists of about six members, though the number can vary to accommodate performance of small and large works. Read more Many of its concerts and recordings, for example, involve singers, while others are strictly instrumental. The group's name derives is Italian and pertains to a type of sixteenth and seventeenth century genre of instrumental music, typically contrapuntal and often involving the organ. While the repertory has embraced mostly Baroque-era music, the Ricercar Consort has ventured into the Classical period and received special praise for its complete Haydn Baryton Octets. It has recorded for its own label, Ricercar, and for the lesser known French label Mirare.

The Ricercar Consort was formed in Belgium in 1980 along with the Ricercar label. The director of the ensemble is Philippe Pierlot, who is accomplished on the viola da gamba and baryton, the instrument on which he was the soloist in the ensemble's acclaimed Haydn recordings. Guest artists regularly appearing with the group include Henri Ledroit (countertenor), Max van Egmond (baritone), and Carlos Mena (countertenor).

Among the consort's most important early recordings was its 1983 disc on Ricercar of cantatas and motets by Johann Christoph and Johann Michael Bach. Over the years the consort made many successful recordings of music by Bach family members, most notably of works by J.S. Bach. In 1985 the Ricercar Consort made its first international tour, giving a series of successful performances of J.S. Bach's Musikalisches Opfer. By the early '90s, the ensemble was in demand across Europe, making notable appearances at the most prestigious early music festivals, including the popular French Festival de Saintes and the Festival des Flandres.

By the end of the 1990s the ensemble was taking on larger works: its 1999-2000 season, for example, included performances of Marais' Sémélé and Alessandro Scarlatti's St. John Passion.

In 2002 the Ricercar Consort received the prestigious French Diapason d'Or award for its CD De Aeternitate with countertenor Carlos Mena. Among the consort's recordings is the 2008 Mirare CD Stabat Mater, which contains works by several composers, including Bertali, Sances, Leopold I, and Schmelzer. Read less

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Composers

Biography

Active: 1980 - ; Belgium
The Ricercar Consort is an ensemble of instrumentalists devoted to repertory largely from the seventeenth century. It is generally considered one of the foremost chamber groups in the genre of Baroque music. Active for about three decades, it has already made over 50 recordings and given countless concerts across the globe. The ensemble consists of about six members, though the number can vary to accommodate performance of small and large works. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Ricercar
Canon perpetuus super Thema Regium
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
VI. Canon perpetuus
Canon 1 a 2
(Canon) 2 a 2 Violin : in Unisono
(Canon) 3 a 2 per Motum contrarium
(Canon) 4 a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario Motu
(Canon) 5 a 2
Fuga canonica in Epidiapente
Ricercar a 6
Canon a 2
Canon a 4
Aria: Ich habe genug
Recitative: Ich habe genug! Mein Trost ist nur allein
Aria: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen
Recitative: Mein Gott! Wann kommt das schone
Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod
Hemmt eure Tranenflut
Der Stein war allzu gross
Die Christi Grab bewacht
Verlass ich gleich die Welt
Amen
Jauchzet dem Herren alle Welt
Erkennet, dass der Herre Gott ist
Danket ihm, lobet seinen Namen!
Wohl dem, der den Herren furchtet
Dein Weib wird sein
Siehe also wird gesegner der Mann
Der Herr wird dich segnen
Amen
Sinfonia
O werter heil' ger Geist
Sinfonia
Dein unvergleichlich Licht
Sinfonia
Entzund' in meiner Brust
Sinfonia
Wenn mein Gewissen zagt
Sinfonia
O werter heil' ger Geist
Sonatina
Mein Herz ist bereit
Herr, ich will dir danken
Sinfonia -
Sind wir gelangt zu sich Furcht
Lauf! unser Lebenslauf zu Ende
Doch wer sich tapfer halt
Ach, aber ach!
Sinfonia with Chorus: -
Das letzte Abendmahl (The Last Supper)
Der Olberg (The Mount of Olives)
Die Gefangennahme (The Arrest)
Die Verleugnung durch Petrus (Peter's Denial)
St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Jesus vor Pilatus (Jesus before Pilate) (arr. for vocal ensemble)
Die Kreuzignung (The Crucufixion)
Die Grablegung (The Burial in the Tomb)
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Dolce
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Presto
I. Overture
II. Les plaisirs
III. Air a l'Italienne
IV. Menuet I-II
V. Rejouissance
VI. Passepied I-II
VII. Polonaise
I. Vivace
II. Mesto
III. Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio
II. Larghetto
III. Vivace
I. Triste
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Vivace
I. Vivace
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Grave
IV. Vivace
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Affettuoso
II. Allegro
III. Dolce
IV. Vivace
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Affettuoso
IV. Presto
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro assai
I. Largo - II. Allegro
III. (Largo)
IV. Allegro
I. Overture
II. Larghetto
III. Andante - Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. (Allegro)
II. Loure
III. Tempo di minuet
Stabat Mater Dolorosa
Cujus Animam
O Quam Tristis
Quis Est Homo
Quis Non Posset
Pro Peccatis
Eja Mater
Fac Ut Ardeat
Amen
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Finale: Allegretto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Menuetto - Trio
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Tempo di menuet
Sonatina
Arioso - Aria: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Tenor, Baritone, Soprano, Alto) - Arioso: Ach Herr, lehre uns bedenken (Tenor) - Es ist der alte Bund (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Aria: In deinen hande befehle ich meinen Geist (Alto) - Arioso: Heute wirst du mit mir im Paradies sien (Baritone) - Chorale: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Glorie, Lob, Ehr und Herrlichkeit (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)


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