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Loeki Stardust Collection 1980-2000

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Release Date: 02/22/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802044  
Composer:  Tarquinio MerulaGioseffo GuamiGirolamo FrescobaldiGiovanni Palestrina,   ... 
Performer:  Karel Van SteenhovenBertho DrieverDaniel BrüggenPaul Leenhouts
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet AmsterdamAcademy of Ancient Music
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A thoroughly enjoyable sampler of the early years of a pioneering recorder quartet.


Samuel Pepys, that indefatigable lover of music, and of women not his wife, recorded in his diary for 8 April 1668 that he had visited the premises of Drumbleby the flageolet maker in the Strand and had there bought himself a recorder “which I do intend to learn to play on, the sound of it being of all sounds in the world most pleasing to me”. No doubt Mr. Drumbleby’s shop offered its customers a healthy choice of instruments, but the proprietor surely didn’t stock or make quite the range of recorders that the Amsterdam Loeki Quartet have in their armoury, “a unique collection of over a hundred Renaissance, Baroque and modern
Read more recorders, ranging from an 8-inch sopranino to a sub-contrabass measuring over nine feet”, to quote from their website. I don’t know how many of those instruments are to be heard on this reissued set of four of the Quartet’s early recordings, but the range of tone and timbre is certainly considerable – the work of the Loeki Quartet is never lacking in colour and variety or, indeed, in virtuosity and imagination. It would be reasonable to say that where the balance between creativity and ‘authenticity’ is concerned, the Loeki Quartet have always been prepared to put the greater emphasis on the former.


 


The music to be heard on Italian Recorder Music is, for the most part, rather sober, often possessed of a melancholy dignity. The opening pieces by Tarquinio Merula have a limpidity that sets a pattern for what follows – it is a real treat to hear the polyphonic conversations of this music with such a degree of clarity. The four pieces by Giovanni Maria Trabaci are especially lovely, less thickly-textured than, for example, the canzone by Guami, and nicely varied in tempo. Elsewhere the four items by Frescobaldi are full of subtle touches and not without their unexpected twists and turns. The sensitive performance of three pieces by Claudio Merula bring to a close an attractive programme, a programme which is beautifully served by the purity of tone and perfection of intonation which the Loeki Quartet bring to their performance and by a fine recorded sound.


 


Concerti di Flauti unites the Loeki Quartet with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music in a programme of baroque concerti, mixing the music of major figures such as Vivaldi and Telemann with that of a lesser-known figure such as Johann Christian Schickhardt. Schickhardt was a much-travelled oboist and player of the recorder; although German in origin he worked extensively in the Netherlands and Scandinavia, as well as in Hamburg, Weimar and Cöthen. His two concerti heard here make it clear that he knew his way around the instrument very well, but are in no way remarkable or especially individual. As so often, it is to Telemann that the listener can turn in confident – and rewarded – expectation of real quality. His two concerti are works of the highest craftsmanship and graced with at least a few moments of inspiration. The opening movement of the A minor concerto (‘gravement’) is a thing of considerable beauty and the same concerto’s closing movement is a model of charm and elegance, played here with winning vivacity. In the B flat concerto (whose four movements are marked grave-vivace-tendrement-gayement) there is nothing that disappoints and much that engages the mind and the ears very satisfactorily. RV585 is hardly major-league Vivaldi, but its three brief movements make very pleasant listening. Again the recorded sound is good.


 


Baroque Recorder Music is a misnomer in any strict sense. Little of this music was originally written with the recorder - let alone a quartet of recorders - specifically in mind though some, such as the thoroughly attractive sonata by Boismortier were written for transverse flutes. What we have includes two organ works by J.S. Bach (BWV 50 and 537), a set of keyboard variations by Sweelinck and  consort music by Locke and Purcell. And two contrapuncti from the Art of Fugue. But transcriptions such as these, and the attitude that underlies them are perfectly ‘Baroque’ in spirit, in tune with the habits of the period. And they are all played beautifully. At times, indeed, there are clear bonuses, given the clarity with which contrapuntal lines are delineated, with just enough variety of tone to help that clarity but not so much as to rob the results of unity. There is a great deal to enjoy here on a disc full of subtle touches and perceptive music-making.


 


The joy of transcription runs wild on the last of these four discs! There can’t have been too many CDs of any kind which found house-room for both Erroll Garner and Johann Christian Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov and Charlie Parker, Henry Mancini and Beethoven. And fewer still on which the only instruments to be heard were members of the recorder family! I wonder what Pepys would have made of it. There’s no need to take any of the pieces here too solemnly; relax into them and there’s much to enjoy. Parker would, I hope and believe, have loved Paul Leenhouts arrangement of Scrapple from the Apple; I am less sure what Beethoven would have thought of the same arranger’s version of Für Elise as a Piazzollan tango! I wonder if Bach would have been as amused as I am by the “crazily fast” - Daniël Brüggen’s phrase - performance of the Allegro from Bach’s third Brandenburg? Lennon and McCartney’s Michelle works delightfully. There’s plenty of wit and verve everywhere on the disc – surely only the most mean-spirited of musical puritans who find much to disapprove of here though it isn’t a disc one would choose to listen too often, if only so as not to spoil some of the surprises!


 


This Newton box has a interesting retrospective note on the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet by Daniël Brüggen – at one point he observes that “everything had to be selected, tested, arranged and orchestrated; we occasionally looked with envy at string quartets! We, however, could switch roles in ways that they couldn’t: each of us could play the bass part in a certain piece and the top part in another”. Brüggen’s note makes clear the sheer fun that the members of the ALSQ had in the first half of the quartet’s existence; the remarkable thing is how much of that fun leaps off these CDs, even when more than a little of the music is quite sombre in mood.


 


-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
La ghirardella by Tarquinio Merula
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
2.
La brillantina by Gioseffo Guami
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
3.
Il primo libro di capricci fatti sopra diversi soggetti et arie in partitura: no 10, Spagnoletta by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1626; Italy 
4.
Ricercari, et canzoni franzese fatte...libro primo: Ricercar no 3, La bassa fiammenga by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1615; Rome, Italy 
5.
Lamentationum Hieremiae prophetae, Book 1 by Giovanni Palestrina
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1588; Italy 
6.
Ricercare secundo by Luigi Battiferri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
Canzoni alla francese in partitura...libro quarto, a 4: no 10, detta la Paulini by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1645; Italy 
8.
Il primo libro di capricci fatti sopra diversi soggetti et arie in partitura: no 5, La bassa fiammenga by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
9.
La bastina by Gioseffo Guami
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
10.
La gentile by Gioseffo Guami
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
11.
Concerto ŕ 8 for 4 Recorders and Strings in C major by Johann David Heinichen
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
12.
Concerto for 4 Recorders and Basso Continuo in D minor by Johann Christian Schickhardt
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Bertho Driever (Recorder)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for 2 Recorders and Strings in A minor by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
14.
Concertos (6) for 2 Flutes/Oboes "La cetra": no 6 in G major by Alessandro Marcello
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15.
Concerto for 2 Recorders and Strings in B flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16.
Concerto for 4 Recorders and Basso Continuo in G major by Johann Christian Schickhardt
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder),
Daniel Brüggen (Recorder)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Concerto for Double Orchestra in A major, RV 585 by Antonio Vivaldi
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 
18.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
19.
Trio Sonatas (6), Op. 37: no 6 in C minor by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; France 
20.
Music for His Majesty's Cornetts and Sackbutts: Suite in F major by Matthew Locke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1661; England 
21.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor, Z 740 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
22.
Tabulatura nova, Book 1: Io son ferito lasso by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1624; Halle, Germany 
23.
Mein junges Leben hat ein End by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
24.
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 550 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708 
25.
Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708 - 1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
26.
Misty by Erroll Garner
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
27.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder),
Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
28.
Work(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Daniel Brüggen (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
29.
Batalla famossa by Anonymous
Performer:  Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder),
Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
30.
Pink Panther: Theme by Henry Mancini
Performer:  Daniel Brüggen (Recorder), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder), Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder),
Bertho Driever (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
31.
The Shadow of Your Smile by Johnny Mandell
Performer:  Paul Leenhouts (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder),
Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
32.
Michelle by Paul McCartney
Performer:  Paul Leenhouts (Recorder), Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder),
Daniel Brüggen (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1965; England 
33.
Allegro and rondo grazioso by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Classical 
34.
Concerto in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
35.
Nocturne for 4 Horns in F major by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1888; Russia 
36.
When Shall the Sun Shine? by Paul Leenhouts
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
37.
Scrapple from the Apple by Charlie Parker
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
38.
Aan de Amsterdamse Grachten by Peter Schott
Performer:  Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder), Paul Leenhouts (Recorder),
Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
39.
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven (Recorder), Bertho Driever (Recorder), Daniel Brüggen (Recorder),
Paul Leenhouts (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 

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 Dreamland of fantastic recorder music October 9, 2012 By S Cohenroellvaneyck (SOUTH WENTWORTHVILLE, NSW) See All My Reviews "Play it, then the sound creation of their range of recorders, from bass to alt, tenor soprano and sopranino fills the space of your room, dim the lights relax and surrender. The final CD has themes from a.o. , Amsterdam's street organ, the beatles and more and that surprises and uplifts me. I am so glad I can replay it on suitable occasions, It is fantastic" Report Abuse
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