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Consort Music & Airs For Flute - Holborne, Dowland, Scheidt, Etc / Martin, Sempe, Capriccio Stravagante

Sempe,Skip / Stravagante / Martin
Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Paradizo   Catalog #: 1   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anthony HolborneSamuel ScheidtTobias HumeAlfonso Ferrabosco,   ... 
Performer:  Joshua CheathamJulien MartinSkip Sempé
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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CONSORT MUSIC & AIRS FOR THE FLUTE Skip Sempé, cond; Julien Martin (rcr); Capriccio Stravagante (period instruments) PARADIZO 1 (76:00)


HOLBORNE The Sighes. The Honie suckle. Pavan. Galliard. Heigh ho holiday. The Teares of the Muses. The Night Watch. Paduan. DOWLAND Now O now I needs must part. Sir Henry Umpton’s Read more Funerall. Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard. VAN EYCK The Standing Masque / Laura. The Frog Galliard / Courant. SCHEIDT Courant. Canzon super O Nachbar Roland. Courant Dolorosa. Paduan. Galliard Battaglia. HUME A Pavin. FERRABOSCO 4 Note Pavan. BRADE Das Rothschenken Tanz. MORLEY The Frog Galliard. PURCELL Air for the flute


Lately, most groups dedicated to the music before the high Baroque have been reaching into ethnic material to establish the sounds of instruments known only through iconography. So the field is divided basically in two large groups: the Baroque, a time about which we established that we know everything (the instruments, the notation, the technique, the performance practices) and thus we should all follow the modern/original standards; and the hazy world of the Middle Ages, that we know little about, so that a penchant for the ethnographic approach is welcome. The more exotic and colorful the instruments, the more we are able to believe that their tone is a mirror of the distant past. Thus the composers of the Renaissance and early Baroque are in a sort of netherworld. Not part of the canon yet, but less interesting as far as the musical Indiana Joneses are concerned.


This is exactly the music that the present recording covers. In lieu of standard program notes, the CD by Capriccio Stravagante displays a slightly different concept: a short interview with director Skip Sempé concerning the repertoire, musical choices, instrumental combinations, and the like. This seemingly unimportant bit of information may offer you an inkling about the spirit of the performances themselves. It is certainly uncommon to substitute an academic text with a lighter, more dynamic presentation. But it is not unheard of, and it is an agreeable deviation from the norm.


Anyone who, like me, has been interested in music of the past will probably have heard these pieces before, at least from the pioneering recordings of Noah Greenberg conducting the New York Pro Musica. So the pieces will sound familiar, as will the full sound produced by this excellent group. Apparently, Sempé is not out to find a composer lost in the folds of history, and even less to propose an interpretation that will boggle your mind forever, or utilize weird unknown instruments that he managed to unearth on a recent trip to a hidden village in Eastern Ethiopia.


In the beginning, I confess, I missed a more varied instrumental color and the drier articulations and less vibrant sound one has come to expect for interpretations of music from this period. But the sheer quality of the playing ends up convincing the ears, if not entirely the brain. There is drama here, and sincerity. What is lacking is a more joyful approach, the kind of liberty and sparkle that first attracted us all to this repertoire. In this particular sense, and using as an example only one of the featured composers, Holborne, David Douglass and his King’s Noyse (“Anthony Holborne: My Selfe” on Harmonia Mundi) and even Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI before their exaggeratedly ethno phase (“Anthony Holborne: The Teares of the Muses” on Alia Vox) fill my cup more efficiently.


Skip Sempé and Capriccio Stravagante offer a fine, solid performance of a fine solid repertoire. There is a new twist, here and there, but nothing is made to shock your perception or your intellect. And by this apparently simple fact, it achieves something that is actually different from most others in the market today. If you are looking for a performance that will give you an outrageously original insight about this music, you will not find it here. Rather, this is a meeting with old friends, where you might be surprised at how gently the years have treated them.


FANFARE: Laura Rónai
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Works on This Recording

1.
Work(s): Paradizo / The Sighes by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
The Sighes by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Almain "The Honiesuckle" by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Pavan by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Galliard by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Heigh-ho holyday by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1565-1602; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Courant by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8.
Ludi musici, Book 1: Cantus no 28, Canzon à 5 "O Nachbar Roland" by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; Halle, Germany 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 6 Minutes 2 Secs. 
9.
Pavane & Courante la dolorosa à 4 in A minor: Courant Dolorosa by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Work(s): A Pavin by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Joshua Cheatham (Violone)
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11.
Pavane by Alfonso Ferrabosco
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Ludi musici: Paduan à 4 by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Des Rothschencken Tanz by William Brade
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14.
Ludi musici, Book 1: Cantus no 21, Galliard battaglia à 5, SSWV 59 by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1621; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15.
Work(s): Air for the flute by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
16.
Tears of the Muses by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
17.
Almain "Night Watch" by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18.
Paduan by John Dowland
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
19.
Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres: no 6, Now, o now, I needs must part by John Dowland
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1597; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
20.
Sir Henry Umpton's Funerall, for lute by John Dowland
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1626; England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21.
Pipers Galliard, P 19 by John Dowland
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
22.
Work(s): The Standing Masque / Laura by Jacob van Eyck
Performer:  Julien Martin (Recorder), Skip Sempé (Virginal), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord),
Joshua Cheatham (Violone), Skip Sempé (Organ)
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
23.
Work(s): The Frog Galliard / Courant by Jacob van Eyck
Performer:  Joshua Cheatham (Violone), Skip Sempé (Virginal), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord),
Julien Martin (Recorder), Skip Sempé (Organ)
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
24.
Work(s): The Frog Galliard by Thomas Morley
Performer:  Julien Martin (Recorder), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Skip Sempé (Virginal),
Joshua Cheatham (Violone), Skip Sempé (Organ)
Conductor:  Skip Sempé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 2005 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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