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Back Before Bach / Piffaro


Release Date: 07/14/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6106  
Composer:  AnonymousHeinrich IsaacHeinrich FinckStephen Mahu,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Back Before Bach, the latest Navona Records release from the Philadelphia-based ''Renaissance band'' Piffaro, is an exceptional compendium of sixteenth and early seventeenth century German and Franco-Flemish music. As the album's title suggests, the group of composers Piffaro features can be seen as the precedent for the luminaries of the German baroque era, specifically Johann Sebastian Bach. With Back before Bach simultaneously drawing from a wide variety of genres, yet also focusing on a geographically and temporarily limited group of composers, Piffaro succeeds wildly in presenting the musical foundation from which Bach and his contemporaries emerged. Piffaro specializes in historical performance, and they bring a multidimensional Read more approach to the works on this album. First, Piffaro showcases at least a half dozen different types of Renaissance-era instruments on Back Before Bach, from shawms and dulcians to sackbuts, as well as recorders, krumhorns and bagpipes. Second, each set of pieces is arranged differently, sometimes homogenously but more often heterogeneously, featuring a mixture of the instruments described above. This flexible instrumentation is representative of consort-style performance, which defined instrumental music in the sixteenth century. This is one way Back Before Bach is a persuasive time capsule; the other lies in the album's programming, which illustrates many of the important trends in the era's sacred and secular music. Consider the album's dance pieces, for instance, especially Michael Praetorius' ''Volta.'' Piffaro's performance transports us to a noble court and through its driving rhythms and percussion accompaniment beckons us to dance. It is also particularly noteworthy that Piffaro includes a set of German popular songs on the album. Vernacular music from this period was rarely written down and, as a result, tends, unfairly to be lost to history. The inclusion of these popular tunes is a rare and special treat for those who listen to Back Before Bach and adds valuable detail to Piffaro's depiction of the musical world of sixteenth century Germany. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Christ ist erstanden by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Germany 
2.
Christ ist erstanden by Heinrich Isaac
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
3.
Christ ist erstanden by Heinrich Finck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
4.
Christ ist erstanden by Stephen Mahu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
5.
Christ ist erstanden "Auf Bergreihenweis" by Johann Walther
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
6.
Christ ist erstanden "Ad aequales" by Johann Walther
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
7.
Christ ist erstanden by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
8.
Christ ist erstanden, BWV 276 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1787; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
10.
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
11.
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
12.
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen by Heinrich Isaac
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
13.
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
14.
A solis ortus cardine, hymn by Caelius Sedulius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
15.
A solis ortus cardine by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Medieval 
16.
Christum wir sollen loben schon by Johann Gottfried Walther
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
17.
A solis ortus cardine by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
18.
A solis ortus cardine, hymn by Caelius Sedulius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
19.
Canzona "A solis ortus" by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
20.
Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
21.
Intrada by Johann Ghro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
22.
Terpsichore: Passameze by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; Germany 
23.
Allemanda by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
24.
La volta by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
25.
Prophetiae Sibyllarum carmina chormatico by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Netherlands 
26.
Cantiones sacrae ŕ 6 (30): Musica Dei donum optimi by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1594; Munich, Germany 
27.
Mirabile Mysterium, for 5 voices (Opus musicum) by Jacobus Handl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
28.
Prophetiae Sibyllarum: sibylla samia by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
29.
Da Pacem, Domine by Melchior Franck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
30.
Melody by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
31.
Tandernac by Antoine Brumel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
32.
Tanndernac, for ensemble by Pierre Alamire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Belgium 
33.
Tandernaken by Jacob Obrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
34.
Tandernaken by Ludwig Senfl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1534; Germany 
35.
Ballet des Aveugles by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
36.
Banchetto Musicale: Four-part dances. Padouana by Johann Hermann Schein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1617; Germany 
37.
Terpsichore: no 109, La Rosette by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
38.
Terpsichore: Bransle simple by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; Germany 

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