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The Image Of Melancholy / Bjarte Eike, Barokksolistene

Eike / Solset / Balke
Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2057   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bjarte EikeAnthony HolborneTraditionalHeinrich Ignaz Biber,   ... 
Performer:  Jon BalkeBjarte EikeMilos ValentBerit Norbakken Solset
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Conceived by the baroque violinist Bjarte Eike for his period band Barokksolistene, this programme is his very personal 'image of melancholy'. As he writes in his liner notes, 'for me, melancholy is not only synonymous with sadness and despair, it is a state also harbouring reflection, meditation and relief.' The connection between music and melancholy is far from new - at least since the time of the ancient Greeks, and probably long before them, there has been a belief that music has the power to influence our mood, to alleviate sadness or melancholy - or to induce it. Melancholy has at various times been the height of fashion - think of John Dowland, whose motto was: 'Semper Dowland, semper dolens' ('always Dowland, always mourning'). Read more Dowland is of course included here, as is his near-contemporary Anthony Holborne - but there are also a number of later pieces, as well as folk music from Eike's native Norway and elsewhere. This music, writes Eike, 'does not belong to any particular style, nationality or period in time; it's rather a string of tunes that have all had a personal significance to me, and that together form a musical matrimony between a Nordic melancholy, the rich sounds of the Elizabethan consort and a modern approach to music-making.' Joined by the soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and by the jazz pianist Jon Balke, Eike and his ensemble have created an intensely atmospheric and highly suggestive disc, which richly lives up to its motto - a quote by Victor Hugo: 'Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A tune for Signe by Bjarte Eike
Performer:  Jon Balke (Organ), Bjarte Eike (Violin), Milos Valent (Viola),
Berit Norbakken Solset (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
2.
Playfellow no 2 "Wanton" by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
3.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Last will and testament by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Renaissance 
4.
Muy Linda by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
5.
Image of Melancholy by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
6.
Bjørnsons bruremarsj by Traditional
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
7.
Gjendines Bådnlåt by Traditional
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
8.
Joj Mati by Traditional
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
9.
Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch by Traditional
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
10.
Bånsull by Traditional
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
11.
Mystery Sonatas (15) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 9 in A minor, Carrying the Cross - 1st mvt. by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
12.
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfarth, BuxWV 76: no 2, Klagelied by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1674; Lübeck, Germany 
13.
Tabhair dom do lámh by Ruairi "Dall" O Cathain
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
14.
Introducing Susanne "A meditation on Susanne un jour" by Jon Balke
Performer:  Jon Balke (Organ)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
15.
Devising Susann by Johann Sommer
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
16.
Ye sacred muses "Elegy for Thomas Tallis" by William Byrd
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; England 
17.
Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Wife by Niel Gow
Performer:  Bjarte Eike (Violin)
Conductor:  Bjarte Eike
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barokksolistene
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

Savn (A tune for Signe): Savn (A Tune for Signe)
Image of Melancholy
Book of Songs, Book 2: Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears
Bjornsons bruremarsj (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)
Wanton
Gjendines badnlat (arr. J. Balke and B. Eike for voice and chamber ensemble)
Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 9, "Jesus Carries the Cross": I. Sonata
Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, BuxWV 76: II. Klag-Lied
Muy linda
Joj Mati (Oh, mother, dear mother) (arr. for M. Valent for voice and chamber ensemble)
Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)
Bansull (arr. J. Balke and B. Eike for voice and chamber ensemble)
Last Will and Testament
Tabhair dom do lamh (Give me your hand) (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)
Book of Songs, Book 2: Flow, my tears, fall from your springs
Introducing Susanne
Devising Susanne (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)
Suzanna Galliard, P. 91
Ye sacred muses: Ye sacred Muses
Niel Gow's Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)

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