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Taffel Consort: Instrumental Works By Thomas Simpson & William Brade

Brade / Weser-renaissance Bremen / Cordes
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999952   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William BradeThomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TAFFEL CONSORT: Instrumental Works of William Brade & Thomas Simpson Manfred Cordes, cond; Weser-Renaissance of Bremen CPO 8889522 (72: 00)


William Brade (1560–1630) and Thomas Simpson (1582–1628?) were both Englishmen who spent much of their active careers in the German states. Brade, a musical cosmopolitan—believed to be the first Englishman to write a piece entitled “canzona,” though others had used the as-yet vaguely formulated structure before him—wandered back and forth through the courts of Brandenburg, Bückeburg, Hamburg, Read more Copenhagen, Halle, and Gottorp, usually staying in any one place for no longer than two years at a time. Simpson, like Brade, was a violinist, composer, and arranger. Like Brade, too, Simpson traveled to Bückeburg, but he first appeared there a decade later, and stayed on for some time.


German rulers of the period frequently employed musicians who copied the Italians, when they weren’t actually Italian, themselves. The 16th-century balletti , with their folk-like themes and danceable rhythms, appealed to those seeking to show off the sophisticated splendor of their courts. The results lack the complexity of Tudor Masses and anthems, viol consorts, and madrigals, but their charm can’t be denied. The same lyrical stream that fed the likes of Dowland, Wilbye, Campion, Farnaby, and even Byrd makes itself felt in this music. These voltas, pavans, allemandes, and courantes are catchy stuff of a high order, well-composed and eminently tuneful.


Manfred Cordes and the Weser-Renaissance of Bremen are no strangers to Fanfare . Here they provide a flexible soft consort with recorder, lute, two violins, four violas da gamba, and continuo. This allows for several configurations: for example, the massed da gamba sound over a positive organ supplies one section to Simpson’s Canzon in C à 5 , and switches out with a faster canonic passage ( à la chasse ) where the recorder and one of the violins trade off entries over the lute. Cordes keeps both rhythms and pace varied.


The sound is variable. At times it is close and full, as in Brade’s Paduana & Galliard in G à 6 , but more distant and thin in Simpson’s Ballett “La mia Salome,” with accompaniment obscured. As the album was recorded over three days, I assume some microphone repositioning was tried, and not always successfully. However, it doesn’t obscure the quality of the music, or the performances. With reservations noted, recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1. Paduana & Galliard by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2. Paduana, galliard & coranta à 5 in A major by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3. Ballett à 5 in D major by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4. Coral, for violin & continuo by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5. Allmand & coranta à 5 in D major by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6. Almain in G by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7. Paduana & allmand à 6 in G major by William Brade
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8. Intrada by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
9. Courante & volta à 5 in D major by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10. Canzon by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1617; Hamburg, Germany 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11. Ballet & volta à 5 in D major by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. Pavan & galliard à 5 in D major by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13. Canzon à 5 in C major by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
14. La mia Salome, ballett à 5 in D major by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15. Sachevil's Dolorosi by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
16. Allemande by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
17. Mascarada à 5 in G major by Thomas Simpson
Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Schloss Brake, Lemgo 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Paduana and Galliard a 6 in G Major
Paduana, Galliard and Coranta a 5 in A Minor
Ballett a 5 in D Minor
Coral
Paduana and Galliard a 6 in G Major
Allmand and Coranta a 5 in D Minor
Paduana and Galliard a 6 in G Minor
Allmand a 5 in G Major
Paduana and Allmandi a 6 in G Major
Newer Paduanen, Galliarden, Intraden, Canzonen, Ricercaren, a 5, Op. 22: Intrada in D Minor a 5
Neuwer Pavanen, Galliarden, Couranten unnd Volten, a 5, Op. 30: Courante and Volta in D Minor a 5
Taffel-Consort: Canzon in G Major a 4
Ballet and Volta a 5 in D Major
Neuwer Pavanen, Galliarden, Couranten unnd Volten, a 5, Op. 30: Pavan and Galliard in D Minor a 5
Canzon a 5 in C Major
Ballett a 5 in D Major, "La mia Salome"
Neuwer Pavanen, Galliarden, Couranten unnd Volten, a 5, Op. 30: Pavane (Sachevil's dolorosi) and Galliard in A Minor a 5
Almande a 4 in C Major
Mascarada a 5 in G Major

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