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La Spiritata 2

Landini / Flautando Koln
Release Date: 03/30/2010 
Label:  Ars Musici   Catalog #: 232418   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousFrancesco LandiniTraditionalStefan Thomas,   ... 
Performer:  Torsten Muller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LA SPIRITATA 2 Flautando Köln ARS MUSICI 232418 (68:55)


ANONYMOUS 2 Estampies. 3 Irish Folk Tunes. Saltarello. 3 Playford Tunes. LANDINI Adiu dous dame. THOMAS Inherent Patterns. BUXTEHUDE Ciacona in e, BuxWV 160. VIVALDI Read more Concerto in d, op. 3/11. MÜLLER Un cuento pequeño. MULLIGAN Line for Lyons. UCCELLINI Aria Quinta sopra La Bergamasca. ISAAC 4 Tenorlieder. CALDINI Fade-Control


Flautando Köln is an ensemble of four German women (Katharina Hess, Susanne Hochscheid, Ursula Thelen, und Kerstin de Witt) who play a variety of recorders, ranging from soprano to “Grossbass.” The latter may be what is depicted on this CD’s cover; it is easily taller than any of the four musicians. (Imagine taking that on an airplane!) On many of the tracks they are joined by percussionist Torsten Wilke Müller, who also composed Un cuento pequeño— which, if my high school Spanish doesn’t fail me, means a little story. There’s also passable singing in the virelai by Francesco Landini, although the booklet does not make it clear who the singer is. The repertoire ranges from the 1400s to modern times.


This is the ensemble’s sixth CD, and obviously a sequel to an earlier CD with a similar theme. “Spiritata” means capricious, and the capriciousness of these two programs lies in their unpredictability and breadth. Also capricious is the fact that the modern works, rather than coming at the end, serve as interludes throughout the CD. That might disconcert some listeners. I didn’t dislike the modern works, but I thought that jamming them in between much older music did no one any great favors.


Early-music fans will recognize several of the works on this CD, and will likely appreciate how readily they adapt to being played by a recorder quartet, with or without percussion. The Gerry Mulligan arrangement (effected by Bianca Kerres) is gently amusing. Steven Thomas’s intriguing Inherent Patterns sounds like a collaboration between Ligeti and Reich, whereas Müller’s work is more poppy—like a Barry Manilow tune, with a marimba, no less. Fulvio Caldini’s minimalist Fade-Control is, to a degree, process music, and would be more interesting had other composers not plowed that particular field rather thoroughly already.


It is fascinating to hear a variety of recorders playing singly and together, and Flautando Köln’s musicianship is on a high level. No complaints about the performances, then, nor about the engineering, which captures the instruments’ characteristics well. If the program is not too spiritata for you, then it is likely that you will enjoy this.


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Works on This Recording

1. Tre fontane by Anonymous
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Medieval 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2. Lamento di Tristano by Anonymous
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1300 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. Adiu, adiu dous dame, virelai for 3 (or 2) voices, S. 192 by Francesco Landini
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1350-1397 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4. Toss the Feathers by Traditional
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5. Erin Shore, traditional air by Traditional
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6. Black Eyed Biddy, traditional reel by Traditional
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Inherent Patterns, for recorder ensemble by Stefan Thomas
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Written: 1998 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8. Ciacona for Organ in E minor, BuxWV 160 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9. Concerto for 2 Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3 no 11/RV 565 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
10. Un cuento pequeño, for recorder ensemble & percussion by Torsten Muller
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Written: 1997 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11. The English Dancing Master: The merry, merry milkmaids by John Playford
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12. The English Dancing Master: Parsons farewell by John Playford
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
13. The English Dancing Master: Newcastle by John Playford
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
14. Line for Lyons, song by Gerry Mulligan
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15. Sonate, arie et correnti, Op. 3: Aria no 5 "La Bergamasca" by Marco Uccellini
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1645; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
16. Maudit soyt by Heinrich Isaac
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Netherlands (Holland 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17. Tmeiskin aus iunch, chanson (attrib. Heinrich Isaac) by Anonymous
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
18. Et ie boi d'autant, chanson (attrib. Heinrich Isaac) by Anonymous
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs. 
19. Untitled anonymous tenorlied (attrib. Heinrich Isaac), arrangement for recorders & percussion by Flautando Köln
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
20. Fade Control, for 4 recorders, Op. 47c by Fulvio Caldini
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1990; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
21. Saltarello by Anonymous
Performer:  Torsten Muller (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flautando Cologne
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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