Music from the Golden Age of Rembrandt

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Songs and dances, fantasias and sonatas by native contemporaries of the master Dutch draughtsman and painter; an engrossing portrait in sound of 17th-century Dutch high culture.

Composers: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Jacob Van Eyck & Tarquinio Merula
Artists: Musica Amphion, Pieter-Jan Belder (conductor)

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Mahler based the second movement of his Seventh Symphony on The Night Watch by Rembrandt, but the painter himself depicted few musicians and no acquaintances with musicians are known. His most famous musical contemporary was the keyboardist and composer Sweelinck, whose setting of Psalm 1 is presented here in a consort-style recording alongside three keyboard works played on harpsichord and organ.

This collection also highlights much more unfamiliar names to illustrate the rich musical culture of the Low Countries at the time of the painter’s flourishing. There are vivid sacred madrigals by Herman Hollanders; stylish pavans by Cornelis Schuyt; a transcribed, extensive Salve Regina for organ by Pieter Cornet; a song for solo recorder by the lutenist Jacob van Eyck, Doen Daphne d’Over schoone Maegt; solo-vocal motets by the poet and diplomat Constantijn Huygens, who did in fact know Rembrandt; and much, much more.

All the works and composers, however unfamiliar, are elucidated in an invaluable booklet essay. The organ recordings were made in the Oude Kerk of Amsterdam which played a significant role in Rembrandt’s life (and became the resting place of his wife, Saskia), on the church’s transept organ, which has been newly restored to the meantone temperament which the composers on this album would have known and written for. Full sung texts are also included in this invaluable and unrivalled collection.

Cornelis Schuyt:
00:00:00 Pavaen en gagliarda 10
00:03:44 Pavaen en gagliarda 10
00:04:56 Canzona “la barca”

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck:
00:07:04 Psalm 1
00:13:28 Hexachord fantasia
00:23:08 More palatino
00:26:55 Pavaen lachrimae

00:32:55 Nicolaes Vallet: Fortune angloise – Malle Sijmen – Slaep, zoete Slaep
00:37:02 Cornelis Thymanszoon Padbrué: Madrigal “dat ick betovert ben”

Herman Hollanders:
00:41:03 Antequam comedam suspiro
00:44:20 Dolor me compellit dicere
00:48:34 Cum inferni tenebris

00:54:14 Pieter Cornet: Salve regina
01:05:19 Johan Albert Ban: Me veux tu voir mourir 1640
01:06:38 Jacob Van Eyck: Der Fluyten Lust-Hof: Doen Daphne d’Over schoone Maegt
01:13:55 Anonymous: Daphne variaties

Johannes Schop:
01:18:08 Almande
01:19:49 Sarabande op la suedoise
01:20:24 Brande Mr. Primerose?

01:21:33 Tarquinio Merula: ’t Hane en ‘t Henne-gekray
01:23:29 Bernardon Barlasca: Vijfde fantasia
01:25:50 Christian Herwich: Concerto

Constantijn Huygens:
01:28:30 Usquequo, domine
01:31:23 Quare tristes es (IX)
01:33:41 De profundis (XVII)
01:38:11 Air (XXXV)

01:40:20 Jan Baptist Verrijt: Quae habitas in hortis
01:42:51 Anthoni van Noordt: Psalm 2

01:51:35 Sybrandt Van Noordt: Sonata No. 1 in F Major: I. Vivace. Adagio
01:54:26 Sybrandt Van Noordt: Sonata No. 1 in F Major: II. Allegro
01:56:08 Carel Hacquart: Sonata No. 8 a quattro

Benedictus Buns:
02:03:10 Trio Sonate No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor: I. Adagio
02:05:27 Trio Sonate No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor: II. Allegro
02:07:24 Trio Sonate No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor: III. Adagio
02:09:11 Trio Sonate No. 7 in F-Sharp Minor: IV. Giga & adagio

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