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Tuba Mirum

Sacqueboutiers
Release Date: 06/12/2012 
Label:  Flora   Catalog #: 2611   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützAnthony HolborneWilliam BradeFrancisco Correa de Arauxo,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TUBA MIRUM Les Sacqueboutiers; Renaud Delaigue (bs) FLORA 2611 (61:04)


Music by SCHÜTZ, G. GABRIELI, CABEZON, HOLBOURNE, DOWLAND, BRADE, CORREA, SCHEIDT


The Sacqueboutiers was formed in Toulouse in 1974. They furnish a loud ensemble of sackbuts, just as you might expect, adding partners according to need. Here they divide various selections among a flexible group of six sackbuts, two cornetts, percussion, a dulcian, theorbo, organ, and bass singer. Read more


There’s no denying the somber magnificence of sound their sackbuts achieve in the three Gabrieli canzone they perform, or the technical brilliance of their playing. They are sonorous in the ceremonial Schütz pieces, where Renaud Delaigue is a perfect match, given his broad vocal range and resonant depth; and buoyantly bright (with the help of a pair of cornetts) in a succession of short English pieces by Dowland and Holbourne, and a suite of four dances by William Brade. I have no objections to their arrangement of four pieces from Scheidt’s Ludi musici for sackbuts with very light, occasional percussion and theorbo—such things were not only common but expected during the composer’s time—but remain curious why they chose not to go the route of using Scheidt’s own request for sackbuts, viols, bassoons, and optional cornetts.


The only piece where I feel their arrangement doesn’t work is the sackbut ensemble with organ and theorbo accompaniment in a very slow rendition of Cabezon’s La dama le demanda . (More accurately it’s Diferencias sobre “La dama le demanda ,” whose theme is better known today as the anonymous song Belle qui tient ma vie , first published by Arbeau.) I can see why the instruments might require the tempo, given some of the divisions, but it seems unusually heavy both in timbre and especially in pacing. Suffice to say that it’s a relatively short work, even if it seems to go on forever, and definitely doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment of the rest of the material.


Several pages of the liner notes are devoted to a generalized but pleasant historical discussion of the sackbut, and the rest—28 pages in French and English, with color photos—is given to bios. No discussion of the music, no texts or translations, no list of performers, arrangers, or instruments per selection. Given that only two of the pieces, both from Schütz’s Symphoniae Sacrae , have texts, was it too much to ask that these be included with the booklet? It’s a good thing the liner notes weren’t important in any case, as providing alternate pages with soft mid-gray text on slighter darker gray backgrounds renders them barely readable. I’ve heard about this revolutionary approach to publishing called black-on-white that makes reading a positive pleasure.


That aside, this is an interesting and varied disc—more for fanciers of the sackbut than the usual mix of sackbuts and cornetts, but welcome nonetheless.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 6: Fili mi, Absalon, SWV 269 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1629; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 6: Attendite, popule meus, SWV 270 by Heinrich Schütz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1629; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Gush forth, my tears by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Pavan "The Funerals" by Anthony Holborne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5.
Satyrn Dance by William Brade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Scottish Dance by William Brade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
Pilligrienen Dance by William Brade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Des Rothschencken Tanz by William Brade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9.
Todo el mundo en general by Francisco Correa de Arauxo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10.
Ludi Musici by Samuel Scheidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1621 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1: Canzon primi toni a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1597; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Canzoni (6), 1608: Canzon a 4, C 186 "La Spiritata" by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon VIII a 8 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
14.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: The Earl of Essex Galiard by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
15.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: The King of Denmarks Galiard by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Diferencias sobre "La Dama de demanda" for consort by Antonio De Cabezón
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 04/2011 
Venue:  L'Auditorium du Musée du Puano, Limoux, 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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