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Chansons et Danceries - French Renaissance Winds / Piffaro


Release Date: 10/15/1996 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 447107   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des PrézNicolas GombertAnonymousClaude de Sermisy,   ... 
Performer:  Adam GilbertJoan KimballTom ZajacEric Anderson,   ... 
Conductor:  Joan KimballRobert Wiemken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tom Moore gave a warm welcome to Philadelphia-based Piffaro's first Archiv recording (devoted to Italian music) in Fanfare 19:4, and I'm more than happy to endorse his enthusiasm here. Even before hearing the disc it was a relief to discover from the insert listing that this is a group that for once recognizes that the “loud“ double-reed Renaissance wind ensemble (shawms and sack-buts) is a separate entity to the “quiet“ recorder ensemble. By preserving the clear distinction Piffaro not only avoids the inevitable problem of unmusical solecisms but has also produced a varied and well-balanced program.

The selection draws on three genres. Firstly we have arrangements of popular French chansons made by the pioneering Venetian
Read more publisher Petrucchi (Josquin) and innovative anthologist-publishers such as Pierre Attaignant and Susato. To those are added a couple of transcriptions of more strictly polyphonic works by Willaert and Jean Maillard, while at the other end of the spectrum come popular dance tunes of the day from collections that include a suite culled from Jacques Moderne's important and wide-ranging Musique de Loye (ca. 1550). In several instances Piffaro has produced its own arrangements of dance tunes, not, I think, totally avoiding the familiar problem of introducing a shade too much twentieth-century sophistication in the process. But it would be not only churlish but absurd to be po-faced and purist when the playing of these seven splendid musicians is so professional and so full of zest. Above all there is a sense of sheer enjoyment in these performances that evokes memories of David Munrow's early Music Consort of London in its heyday.

Recording, notes, and presentation (all the sources are meticulously listed) fully match the very high level of the music-making. This is an exemplary production that deserves the widest possible success. I look forward to Piffaro's next promised port of call—Renaissance Spain.

-- Brian Robins, FANFARE [3/1997] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adieu, mes amours by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut),
Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut)
Conductor:  Joan Kimball,  Robert Wiemken
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
2.
Se j'ay perdu mon amy by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Robert Wiemken (Alto Shawm), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut), Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
3.
Baisez moy, ma doulce amye by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Grant Herreid (Tenor Shawm), Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut),
Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut), Robert Wiemken (Bass Shawm)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
4.
Musae Jovis by Nicolas Gombert
Performer:  Adam Gilbert (Tenor Recorder), Gwyn Roberts (Alto Recorder), Joan Kimball (Great Bass Recorder),
Eric Anderson (Bass Recorder), Robert Wiemken (Bass Recorder), Tom Zajac (Tenor Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
5.
Bransles de village by Anonymous
Performer:  Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Recorder), Tom Zajac (Tabor), Tom Zajac (Pipe),
Adam Gilbert (Bagpipe), Gwyn Roberts (Soprano Recorder), Eric Anderson (Tabor),
Robert Wiemken (Hurdy-gurdy), Grant Herreid (Lute), Joan Kimball (Soprano Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Piffaro 
6.
Languir me fais sans t'avoir offensée by Claude de Sermisy
Performer:  Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Recorder), Grant Herreid (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Pierre Attaingnant 
7.
Pavane d'ell estarpe by Claude Gervaise
Performer:  Joan Kimball (Bass Crumhorn), Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Crumhorn), Eric Anderson (Tenor Crumhorn),
Robert Wiemken (Alto Crumhorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
8.
Bransle de chevaux by Anonymous
Performer:  Robert Wiemken (Bass Dulcian), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut), Joan Kimball (Tenor Shawm),
Tom Zajac (Hurdy-gurdy), Gwyn Roberts (Sopranino Recorder), Adam Gilbert (Bagpipe),
Grant Herreid (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Piffaro 
9.
Content desir, qui cause ma douleur by Claude de Sermisy
Performer:  Robert Wiemken (Bass Recorder), Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Recorder), Tom Zajac (Alto Recorder),
Adam Gilbert (Soprano Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Content desir" of Crecquillon and Buus, and the anonymous basse danse based on this tune. 
10.
Content desir by Thomas Crecquillon
Performer:  Robert Wiemken (Bass Recorder), Adam Gilbert (Tenor Recorder), Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1552 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Content desir" of Sermisy and Buus, and the anonymous basse danse based on this tune. 
11.
Content desir, qui cause ma douleur by Jaques Buus
Performer:  Robert Wiemken (Contrabass Recorder), Joan Kimball (Great Bass Recorder), Grant Herreid (Bass Recorder),
Tom Zajac (Bass Recorder), Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Recorder), Adam Gilbert (Tenor Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Content desir" of Sermisy and Crecquillon and the anonymous basse dance based on this tune. 
12.
Content desir by Anonymous
Performer:  Robert Wiemken (Bass Recorder), Gwyn Roberts (Tenor Recorder), Joan Kimball (Great Bass Recorder),
Adam Gilbert (Tenor Recorder), Grant Herreid (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Content desir" of Sermisy, Crecquillon and Buus. 
13.
Quant je suis au prez de mamye by Nicolas Gombert
Performer:  Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Robert Wiemken (Soprano Shawm), Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut),
Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
14.
Pis ne me peult venir by Thomas Crecquillon
Performer:  Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut),
Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut), Robert Wiemken (Bass Dulcian)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1543; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osday Church, Neustadt, Germany 
15.
Amour partes by Philip Van Wilder
Performer:  Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut),
Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut), Robert Wiemken (Bass Dulcian)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
16.
Une nonnain refaite by Philip Van Wilder
Performer:  Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut), Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut),
Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Robert Wiemken (Bass Dulcian)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
17.
Branles d'Ecosse by Estienne du Tertre
Performer:  Adam Gilbert (Bagpipe), Tom Zajac (Bagpipe), Joan Kimball (Bagpipe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1557; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Piffaro 
18.
Regina coeli by Jean Maillard
Performer:  Adam Gilbert (Soprano Shawm), Tom Zajac (Tenor Sackbut), Eric Anderson (Tenor Sackbut),
Joan Kimball (Alto Shawm), Robert Wiemken (Bass Dulcian)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 
19.
A Suite of Dances by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1550; France 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Neustadt, Germany 

Sound Samples

Adieu mes amours
Se j'ay perdu mon amy
Baisez-moy, ma doulce amye
Musae Jovis (Lament on the death of Josquin)
Bransles de village - arr. PIFFARO
Prélude - Languir me fais
Allemandes - Arranged by Piffaro
Pavane "Dellestarpe" - Basse Dance
Bransle de chevaux - Arranged by Piffaro
Chanson Set: Content desir (de Sermisy, Crecquillon, Buus)
Quant je suis au prez de mamye
Pis ne me peult venir
Amour partes
Une nonnain refaite
Premiere suytte de Bransles d'Escosse - Arranged by Piffaro
Ricercare
Regina coeli
Suite of Dances

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