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Alla Dolce Ombra / The Royal Wind Music


Release Date: 10/26/2006 
Label:  Lindoro   Catalog #: 712   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Hermann ScheinGiorgio MainerioJohann Heinrich SchmelzerOrlando de Lassus,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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ALLA DOLCE OMBRA: Poetic Music of the Renaissance from Italy and Austria Paul Leenhouts, cond; Royal Wind Music LINDORO 712 (57:01)


Selections by SCHEIN, MAINERIO, TERZI, GARDANE, SCHMELZER, DI LASSO, DE RORE, PALESTRINA, DE BARBERIIS, CAVAZZONI, MARENZIO, BERTALI, SENFL, ANONYMOUS, H. NEWSIEDLER, M. NEWSIEDLER, HASSLER, BRADE, PRAETORIUS


This is the debut album of the Royal Wind Music, a Dutch recorder ensemble. Presumably, they ended up on a Spanish Read more label, Lindoro, because the latter has inexpensive production facilities and specializes in early music. Fourteen recorder players would appear to be in the group, despite references in the liner notes to “a double octet of Renaissance recorders,” and on their Web site to “a double sextet of Renaissance recorders.” These are supplemented with four plucked instruments—double harp, triple harp, psaltery, lute—which furnish very occasional accompaniment (Bertali’s Sonatella ), perform works that feature this ensemble-within-the-ensemble alone (Mainerio’s Ballo milanese , Terzi’s Ballo polacco , etc), and solo lute (Barberiis’s Madonna qual certerzza , etc).


Although the strings aren’t members of the core group, they perform a useful auditory contrast to everything else. That’s because when you come right down to it, recorder ensembles possess the same limitations of variety in texture as other unbroken consorts. Large recorder ensembles are still more circumscribed, as differences between individually designed instruments give way to the more uniform sound of specific choirs. RWM tries for some variety, notably so in Cavazzoni’s Canzon sopra Falte d’Argens , here performed exclusively on bass recorders. (It works, not surprisingly producing at times a register reminiscent of several North German Baroque organs.)


The album is enjoyable. Leenhouts and his musicians cleverly chose a program that moved through numerous styles, including arrangements of madrigals, dances, motets, and monodic songs. Pieces that emphasize slowly shifting chords and others that feature swift-moving counterpoint are heard side-by-side. There are also two mini-groupings of selections in this concert: a small suite of four pieces by the invariably inspired Schein, for the RWM, and lute arrangements by four different composers of the tune, Mein Vleis und Müe . Performances are well paced, varied in tempo, and extremely well played.


The engineering is first-rate, too. Lindoro has successfully managed to mike a number of different problematic instrumental groupings without the sound becoming murky or unbalanced. Instead, it remains clear and with just enough resonance to bring out the recorder’s curiously rich harmonics. Leenhouts’s liner notes end up largely caught in the trap of trying to spend a couple of sentences on each of 19 composers, though.


In short, a real charmer of a release.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Banchetto musicale: Suite no 10 in D minor by Johann Hermann Schein
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1617; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Il primo libro di balli a quattro voci: no 16, Ballo millanese by Giorgio Mainerio
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1578; Italy 
3.
Il secondo libro de intavolatura di liuto: Ballo Polacco by Giovanni Antonio Terzi
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599 
4.
Intabolatura nova, Book I: Galiarda Venaziana by Alessandro Gardane
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1551; Venice, Italy 
5.
Sonata a 7 by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Austria 
6.
Tristis est anima mea, motet for 5 voices, M. iv (S. v/48) by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1565; Munich, Germany 
7.
Iustus es Domine by Cypriano de Rore
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
8.
Viri Galilaei by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1559; Italy 
9.
Madonna qual certezza by Melchiore de Barberiis
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Padua, Italy 
10.
Madrigals a 5, Book 3: Occhi lucenti e belli by Luca Marenzio
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1582; Italy 
11.
Sonatella ŕ 5 by Antonio Bertali
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Baroque 
12.
Das Gläut zu Speyer by Ludwig Senfl
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1534; Germany 
13.
Mein Vleiss und Müe by Anonymous
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Germany 
14.
Teütsch Lautenbuch: Mein Fleiss un Mueh by Melchior Neusidler
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Germany 
15.
Mein Fleiss und Müeh' by Ludwig Senfl
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1534; Germany 
16.
Ach weh dess Leiden muss es dann sein gescheiden by Hans Leo Hassler
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1601 
17.
Galliarde by William Brade
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
18.
Intavolatura cioe recercari, canzoni, himni, magnificati, composti per...Book 1: Canzon sopra "Falt d'argens" by Girolamo Cavazzoni
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
19.
Ein newgeordent künstlich Lautenbuch: Mein Fleiss und Muehe by Hans Neusidler
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; Germany 
20.
A solis ortus cardine by Michael Praetorius
Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 

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