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Scheidt: Dances And Songs / German Brass


Release Date: 08/06/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 47692   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) is highly thought of by musicologists, and is considered a transitional figure, as the saying goes, a so-called forerunner. In other words, he endeavoured to make use of all the 'modern' resources of his time ('monodic playing') without abandoning tradition ('polyphonic inheritance, 'motet technique'). -A very praiseworthy idea!

This evaluation, or rather, classification may have meant that the unique, unmistakable genius of this early Baroque composer has - perhaps unintentionally - been altogether neglected, at least by the wider public. Various specialist ensembles have, it is true, brought out a number of startling new recordings in the last few years, but we all know that this initially has
Read more little effect: new things never gain acceptance overnight!

Thus, Enrique Crespo from Montevideo and the ensemble GERMAN BRASS have been able to approach the great Scheidt quite free of constraint. They did not even have to cope with transcription, with the exception of such striking 'tongue technique' as in the piece "Nachbar Roland", where the brand-new achievement of strings tremolos is imitated. This is wind music through and through.

Scheidt allows for a wide variety of instrumentation: in his preface ("To the musicians ") to the second part of Ludi musici (Hamburg, 1621) he writes, "Leave the choice of instrument to the discretion and good judgment of each player". This means that an ensemble consisting of brass players alone could play Scheidt without the forced feeling of making musical 'headlines'. The sensation of their recording lies rather in details, in the flexibility of the scoring, in the colourfulness of skilfully used groupings within the brass family, in the perfect clarity of the parts, relaxed embouchure and an excitingly spontaneous articulation. The group's delight in musicmaking is evident in every bar.

The variation forms of the canzoni on song and dance tunes make up a large part of this selection, but this should not offer cause for surprise: 'blossoming, sensuous, concertante elements' (new!) are combined with strict 'contrapuntal writing' (old!). Here Scheidt, the transitional figure, shows himself from his most endearing side. We hope that this recording, which has been made with such great enthusiasm, may contribute to a wider and deeper appreciation of this early German master.

-- Gerd Berg (Translation: Clive R. Williams)
from album liner notes
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite in F major by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Halle, Germany 
2.
Variations on a Galliarda by John Dowland by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: Halle, Germany 
3.
Tabulatura nova, Book 1: Ach du feiner Reiter "Cantio Belgica" by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1624; Halle, Germany 
4.
Ludi musici, Book 1: Cantus no 28, Canzon à 5 "O Nachbar Roland" by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; Halle, Germany 
5.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Halle, Germany 
6.
Ach Gott und Herr by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Halle, Germany 
7.
Herr Gott, dich loben wir by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Halle, Germany 
8.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: Halle, Germany 
9.
Ludi musici, Book 1: Cantus no 26, Canzon à 5 ad imitationem Bergamasca by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1621; Halle, Germany 
10.
Tabulatura nova, Book 2: Echo ad manuale duplex by Samuel Scheidt
Conductor:  Enrique Crespo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Brass
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1624; Halle, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Suite for 10 Brass Instruments: I. Intrada
Variations on a Galliarda by John Dowland
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Bergamasca

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