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Fugue Around The Clock / Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet


Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 19403   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel ScheidtGottlieb MuffatGeorge Frideric HandelGiovanni Palestrina,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A virtuoso recorder ensemble ranges across the centuries in a rewarding programme

Even with a snappy title, 70 minutes of four-part fugues played on recorders might not be everyone’s idea of fun. Yet the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet take great steps to ensure that it is a rewarding experience, using 37 instruments, at three different pitch levels, for instance, to suit the character and range of each piece. Then there’s the standard of performance.

The group’s admirers will know about its wonderfully pure intonation, its virtuosity, and the confident way it assumes different stylistic identities, ranging from 14th century Spain (O virgo splendens – rather remote, this item, from the later concept of
Read more fugue, though sounding affectingly grave and devotional) through various Baroque idioms, to Romantic and 20th century music.

In a programme most of whose items originated as organ pieces, the biggest gains are in the way the parts, played by separate musicians, have an increased individual expression. And in the livelier fugues – the E minor Handel, the well-known G major Bach, and the Mendelssohn, the playing seems to generate a communal energy. Several items are especially memorable: the sombre beauty of the Jullien, with finely played French ornamentation, Stefan Pohlit’s Gurez, (the single original work for recorder consort), and the Brahms, sounding extraordinarily rich and mysterious. Only the Vivaldi/Bach came as a disappointment; it’s one thing to be denied Vivaldi’s thrilling string writing, but to lose in addition his contrasts between tutti and solo is too much. And only one of the concerto’s movements is a fugue!

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [11/2003]

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Works on This Recording

1.
Ludi musici, Book 1: Cantus no 18, Canzon Cornetto à 4 by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; Halle, Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
2.
Fugue for Organ in G minor by Gottlieb Muffat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
3.
Fugues or Voluntaries (6) for Organ: no 5 in A minor, HWV 609 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1735; London, England 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
4.
Fugue a 4 in E minor by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
5.
Ricercari (8) sopra li toni, a 4: Ricercare del primo tono by Giovanni Palestrina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
6.
Fugue for Piano/Organ 4 hands in E minor, D 952 by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 06/03/1828 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
7.
Fugues (6) for Organ on B-A-C-H, Op. 60: no 3, Mit sanften Stimmen by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
8.
Fugue for Organ in A flat minor, WoO 8 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
9.
Preludes and Fugues (3) for Organ, Op. 37: no 1 in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
10.
Fugue in G major, BWV 577 "Gigue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Notes: This work is no longer believed to have been composed by J.S. Bach. 
11.
Premier livre d'orgue: Fugue "Grave" by Gilles Jullien
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; France 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
12.
Fugue a quattro in D major by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
13.
Gurez by Stephan Pohlit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
14.
Caça "O Virgo Splendens" by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Spain 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
15.
Preludes and Fugues (24) for Piano, Op. 87: no 22 in G minor - Fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1951; USSR 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
16.
Fugue for Keyboard a 4 in E flat major, Wq 119 no 6/H 102 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1755; Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
17.
Concerto for Organ in D minor, BWV 596 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Baptist Church, Deventer, Netherlands 
Notes: Arranged: Daniel Brüggen 

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