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Pour Passer La Melancolie / Andreas Staier


Release Date: 03/12/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902143   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Jacob FrobergerJean-Henri D'AnglebertJohann Caspar Ferdinand FischerGeorg Muffat,   ... 
Performer:  Andreas Staier
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Keyboard virtuoso Andreas Staier presents Pour passer la melancolie (to pass the melancholy), a unique program of French Baroque harpsichord music. The works presented here are not simply compositions in deeply sorrowful or expressive registers, but also discourses in sound on vanity, art and music itself. Whether the composer luxuriates in melancholic disorder or attempts to remedy it, there is but a fine line here between the vanity of the world and the artist's glory. In his readings of Froberger, Fischer and Clérambault, Staier distils the fruits of this sophisticated aesthetic blend.

R E V I E W S:

"Andreas Staier's extraordinary new album examines cults of melancholy in 17th-century keyboard
Read more music. It's not primarily a study in pathology. Baroque concepts of melancholy embraced not only what we would classify as depression, but also a series of emotional responses to ideas of mortality, mutability and transience... Much of this music sounds as if it were written centuries after its time, though it inhabits very different territory from late Romantic self-indulgence or modernist bravado. Staier plays it all with wonderful commitment on a newly restored late 17th-century harpsichord."

-- Tim Ashley, The Guardian (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite no 30 in A minor by Johann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
2. Pièces d'orgue: Fugue grave by Jean-Henri D'Anglebert
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1689; France 
3. Lamentation: Lamento sopra la dolora perdita della Real Msta. Di Ferdinando IV, Ré de Romani by Johann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
4. Passacaglia for Keyboard in G minor by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
5. Suite for Harpsichord in F major by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
6. Suite for harpsichord No 2 in C minor by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
7. Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 9, Uranie by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
8. Ariadne Musica: Ricercar pro Tempore "Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund" by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 

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