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Handel: Semele

Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Classical - To be released January 28, 2022 | Ricercar

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Leclair: Violin Sonatas

David Plantier

Classical - Released November 5, 2021 | Ricercar

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Jean-Marie Leclair's Violin Sonatas were published in four volumes between 1723 and 1743. David Plantier here presents a selection of Sonatas from the final three opus numbers of the collection. The consistent quality of Leclair’s forty-eight sonatas, collected in four volumes, is admirable, whilst the collection as a whole is a monumental contribution to the repertoire and to posterity; few of Leclair’s followers were able to combine innovation in violin technique and wealth of inspiration with so much talent. Leclair’s taste, refinement, skill and refusal of all artifice enabled him to make his mark not merely on his own time but on the history of music as a whole. © Ricercar
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Marais: Quatrième livre de pièces de viole

François Joubert-Caillet

Classical - Released October 15, 2021 | Ricercar

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Marin Marais published his Quatrième Livre de pièces de viole two years after the death of Louis XIV, establishing himself as the undisputed master of the genre and providing pieces not only for musicians who had achieved some skill on the viol but also for the most virtuoso players. Here Marais reshaped the classical forms, altering the traditional sequence for the suites and making an increasing use of character pieces. The sometimes whimsical imagery and the new freedom of form that these pieces contain reach their peak in the astonishing Suitte d'un goût étranger; these thirty or so pieces employ as yet unheard-of keys and offer a multitude of characters and representations that can tend towards the exotic. Breaking further new ground, and somewhat influenced by the Italian trio, Marais ended the Quatrième Livre with two suites for three viols, a genre he claimed to be new to France. © Ricercar
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Stylus Luxurians

Yoann Moulin

Classical - Released October 1, 2021 | Ricercar

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For this second part of his anthology of seventeenth-century German harpsichord music, Yoann Moulin takes as his starting point the famous competition organised when Weckmann and Froberger met at the court of Dresden. It was in the 1650s that the influences of the French style were grafted onto models drawn from Italian music. The compositions of this period appear to us in their infinite variety, as illustrated here by the notion of "stylus luxurians". © Ricercar
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Buffardin: Sonates & Concerto

Le Petit Trianon

Classical - Released September 3, 2021 | Ricercar

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Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin, a French-born flautist, was active at the court of Dresden. He is known to have been the teacher of Johann Joachim Quantz and a friend of Johann Sebastian Bach, who wrote a few concertante arias for him in his cantatas. He was considered one of the greatest virtuosos of his time. This recording is the world premiere of a recently discovered collection of sonatas. Accompanied by the Concerto à cinq parties, these sonatas represent for the flautist Olivier Riehl and the ensemble Le Petit Trianon a recreational area conducive to enjoyment, combining virtuosity, energy and expressiveness to produce a recording rich in colour and novelty. © Ricercar
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Johann Gottlieb Goldberg: Complete Trio Sonatas

Ludus Instrumentalis

Classical - Released August 27, 2021 | Ricercar

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If there is one student of Johann Sebastian Bach whom posterity has definitely not forgotten, it is Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. However, he owes this destiny to his position as harpsichordist to Count Keyserling: during the latter’s bouts of insomnia, it was Goldberg’s task to play for him the famous variations that he had commissioned from the Leipzig Kantor. This has probably long obscured the fact that Goldberg was also an excellent composer. Aside from his only two surviving cantatas (already recorded by Ricercar), his output is essentially instrumental, and the genre of the trio sonata occupies an appreciable place within it. Here are his complete trio sonatas, along with a sonata in C major at one time attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1037). © Ricercar
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Sigismondo d’India: Lamenti & sospiri

Mariana Florès

Classical - Released June 4, 2021 | Ricercar

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Martini: La fleur de biaulté

Le Miroir de Musique

Classical - Released May 21, 2021 | Ricercar

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Alessandro, Francesco & Domenico Scarlatti: Sonate a quattro

Les Récréations

Classical - Released April 9, 2021 | Ricercar

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Marais: Troisième livre de pièces de viole

François Joubert-Caillet

Classical - Released March 19, 2021 | Ricercar

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«Between the publication of the Second Book in 1701 and that of the Third Book, ten years went by, during which Marais established himself as a composer of "tragédies lyriques". In the meantime, however, a number of young viol players, some of whom had been his pupils, had just published their first collections of pièces de viole. Marais therefore had to reaffirm his position as the reigning master of the genre, a mission accomplished to perfection with this new opus, in which he strove to offer his public easier pieces alongside others that of a more demanding nature, in order to ‘satisfy those who are more advanced upon the viol’. His style had changed too: here, character pieces form an increasingly important complement to the traditional suites.» (© Ricercar)
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Monsieur Couperin. Louis, Charles, François I ? Pièces de clavecin

Brice Sailly

Classical - Released February 12, 2021 | Ricercar

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To our modern minds, the idea of not holding on tightly to one's own intellectual property is a complete anathema. By the same turn, artistic works that can't be indisputably attributed to a single named creator are mysteries to be solved rather than accepted. However, while plagiarism was beginning to become a concept during the seventeenth century, an artist was still only likely to see it as an important issue if they were planning to publish their works for commercial gain. If not, and if they were part of a collaborative family musical dynasty, it was much less of a thing to get hot under the collar about. Apply that background now to the Bauyn manuscript – one of the most important sources for French 17th century harpsichord music – and you begin to understand how some of the greatest jewels are, rather frustratingly, attributable to a single “Monsieur Couperin”, rather than to one of the three Couperin brothers operating in that period: Louis (1626-1661), François I (1631-1710) and Charles (1638-1679) whose son was the famous François Couperin. Because while these works have mostly been attributed to the one with the most glittering career as a harpsichordist, Louis, more recent research suggests he's not a good match for every piece. Instead, they're more likely to be a mixture of Louis and Charles, with perhaps the odd piece from the slightly less gifted François I. Hence the title of this Couperin-shaped offering from Brice Sailly, recorded in May 2020 at the Château de Mongeroult on a copy of a Tibaut de Toulouse harpsichord. This programme's scholarly contribution lies less in making hard and fast pronouncements on authorship, and more in drawing our attentions to the fact that the programme's pieces are likely to be the work of more than one Couperin; all while employing the numbering given to them in Bruce Gustavson's edition of the Bauyn manuscript. All of which may sound rather academic to the average listener, but it's interesting the extent to which awareness of that context does add to the listening experience. Plus, it's good news when it comes to how it actually sounds. For starters, the overall capturing is lovely, giving us a nice, up-close and natural, but also polished sound. Then Sailly's readings themselves are thoroughly ear-grabbing, with the fluidity of his shapings and the range of his expression. From the gossamer-weighted high-register wistfulness of La Pastourelle, to the dark, sighing beauty of the Pavane in F-sharp minor with its fuller textures, to the bright ceremonial grandeur of La Piétmontoise, this should appeal whether you're new to this repertoire, or simply wishing to hear it with new ears. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz
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Josquin Desprez: Septiesme livre de chansons

Ensemble Clément Janequin, Dominique Visse

Classical - Released January 8, 2021 | Ricercar

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Recorded in February 2020 in the new Elizabethan Theatre of the Château d'Hardelot (Pas-de-Calais), whose architecture is inspired by the past and fits comfortably into the present, this new album by the Clément Janequin Ensemble is dedicated to songs by the great Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prés, one of the first composers whose immense reputation allowed him to be published during his lifetime, a distinguished honour in those remote times when the musical press had just been born in Venice. This little revolution allowed music to be spread widely throughout Europe. This splendid recording directed by Dominique Visse underlines the diversity and noble harmony of this incomparable music with a choice of monophonic or polyphonic songs, by turns melancholic or grimy, exalting the melodic vein of Josquin. Songs with five or six voices discreetly supported (as was the practice at the time) on the lute, spinet or organ. They are often a reflection of the harshness of times and sing of regretz, tristesse, a languishing heart and a whole host of painful emotions. The other side, on the contrary, offers us exuberant songs in a popular vein, with frankly sexual and bawdy connotations. We will also find in this fascinating anthology a beautiful tribute to Josquin, in the form of a musical monument, from the pen of Nicolas Gombert, musician to Charles V; a polyphony with six voices that takes up a melody of which Josquin des Prés was fond. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Fürchtet Euch Nicht: Bassoons & Bombards. Music from the German Baroque.

Syntagma Amici

Classical - Released November 20, 2020 | Ricercar

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‘Fear not...’ The Angel’s words to the shepherds suggest the daring premise of this recording, which, for Ricercar’s fortieth anniversary, enriches in highly original fashion the series dedicated to the discovery of early instruments and their repertory. The cover illustration, depicting two angels playing the bass shawm and the bassoon, perfectly portrays the subject of this disc devoted to the original repertories written for the two instruments in seventeenth-century Germany, whether it be the ceremonial music of the Stadtpfeifer (town musicians), chamber music or even sacred compositions. © Ricercar
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Boesmans, Bartholomée, Foccroulle & Mernier: For Early Instruments

Clematis

Classical - Released November 13, 2020 | Ricercar

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In the 1960s, the blossoming interest in the rediscovery of early music was due in part to instrumentalists who also played a very active role in creating the newest contemporary works. It was in this context that Pierre Bartholomée wrote a Tombeau de Marin Marais for the musicians of the Alarius ensemble (Janine Rubinlicht, Robert Kohnen, Wieland and Sigiswald Kuijken) who played in the Musiques Nouvelles ensemble at the same time. The musicians of that generation are in a sense the ‘ancestors’ of those who became the first artists on the Ricercar label. This recording, released as part of Ricercar’s fortieth anniversary celebrations, thus pays tribute to Bartholomée’s pioneering initiative by reissuing a remastered version of his composition alongside recent works written for the period instruments of some of the label’s key ensembles in 2020. © Ricercar
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Cavalieri Imperiali: Zenobi & Sansoni, the Great Cornetto Masters

InAlto

Classical - Released October 30, 2020 | Ricercar

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Luigi Zenobi, a virtuoso cornettist known as ‘Luigi del cornetto’, was born in Ancona in the mid-sixteenth century. He later moved to Vienna, where he entered the service of the Emperor Maximilian II. His reputation grew and he subsequently worked for the Este family in Ferrara, where he was the most respected and best-paid musician at court up to that time, so sought-after were his talents. Luigi was also a painter, poet, miniaturist and music scholar. An eyewitness recalled the delicacy of his playing: "softer than the harpsichord when its lid is closed". Giovanni Sansoni, a composer and cornettist probably originally from Venice, was born around 1593. He was engaged by Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in Graz in 1613 and followed him to Vienna when he became Emperor in 1619. He sent his compositions to Saxony, and the young Schütz sent him former choirboys to be taught the cornett and the bassoon, two instruments on which he was an absolute master. Sansoni became the inspiration for the great instrumental composers of the first half of the seventeenth century in Vienna. These two legends of the cornett have one thing in common: they were both knighted by an emperor, Zenobi even calling himself "Cavaliere del cornetto". © Ricercar
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Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Concertos

Evgeny Sviridov

Classical - Released October 2, 2020 | Ricercar

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After devoting a recording to sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini, for this anniversary year of the illustrious Paduan virtuoso, Evgeny Sviridov offers us a recording of Violin C
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Andreas Hammerschmidt: Ach Jesus stirbt

Vox Luminis

Classical - Released September 25, 2020 | Ricercar

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Andreas Hammerschmidt is undoubtedly the most unjustly neglected composer of seventeenth-century Lutheran Germany. Very few recordings have been devoted to him, even though his music was widely published during his lifetime. The fifteen or so published collections offer a great variety of works, which, like those of his famous contemporary Heinrich Schütz, illustrate the fusion between the Lutheran polyphonic tradition and the various stylistic influences of the Italian Baroque. For this musical portrait of Hammerschmidt, Vox Luminis has drawn on several of these collections in order to offer as rounded a picture as possible of the variety of the composer’s styles. The entire programme is structured around texts for Passiontide and Easter, introduced by an intensely moving madrigalian motet on the death of Christ, Ach Jesus stirbt. An evocation of Passiontide and Easter in the company of Andreas Hammerschmidt, one of the most unjustly neglected composers of seventeenth-century Germany. © Ricercar
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Mozart, Hummel & Beethoven: Concerto, Sonate, Symphony

Aurelia Visovan

Classical - Released September 18, 2020 | Ricercar

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A pupil of Mozart, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was one of the most admired pianists of his era. His career began in Vienna at the time when Beethoven had just moved there. Like the latter, he belonged to that generation of composers whose output may be categorised somewhere between Classicism and burgeoning Romanticism. In addition to an extensive catalogue of original compositions, including piano works of high quality, Hummel also made numerous arrangements for chamber forces of orchestral compositions. Among these were the piano concertos of his teacher Mozart and the symphonies of his friend Beethoven, all of which he transcribed for piano, flute, violin and cello. The Romanian pianist Aurelia Visovan offers this particularly original programme for her album as winner of the 2019 Bruges MA Festival competition. © Ricercar
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Dowland: A Fancy

Bor Zuljan

Classical - Released August 21, 2020 | Ricercar

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The first notes of the descending chromatic theme break the silence and it seems as if time has stopped. The listener is drawn into the world of John Dowland, the greatest lutenist of all, in a journey through multiple shades of melancholy and lucent hope. Never before had the lute sounded as expressive and colourful as in these masterful Fancies, as dynamic as in these sparkling dances: Renaissance lute music here reached its summit. Bor Zuljan explores these qualities in his debut solo recording, breathing new life into Dowland's masterpieces. © Ricercar
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Handel: Samson

Choeur de Chambre de Namur

Classical - Released August 14, 2020 | Ricercar

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