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Now & Then - music for recorder quartet by Vivaldi,Bach, De Boismotier, Koomans, Moosenmark, Caldini, Scheidt, Merula / Sirena Recorder Quartet

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 10), BWV 608 (BC K37)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 12), BWV 610 (BC K39)
>Boismortier, Joseph Bodin : Concerto for 5 flutes in D major, Op. 15/3
>Meijering, Chiel : Sanctus, for 4 recorders
>Koomans, Dick : The Jogger, for 4 recorders
>Mossenmark, Staffan : Childhood, for 4 recorders
>Caldini, Fulvio : Clockwork Toccata, for 4 recorders, Op. 68c
>Scheidt, Samuel : Fantasia super Io son ferito lasso, SSWV 103
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon seconda "La Lusignuola" (Canzoni a quattro voci, Libro primo)
>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon quarta "La Merula" (Canzoni a quattro voci, Libro primo)
>Anonymous : Retrove Estampie Retrove, for organ (from the Robertsbridge Codex)
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Notes & Reviews:

On their latest disc, the Danish-Swedish Sirena Recorder Quartet treats us to a wide-ranging selection from their regular concert repertoire. Now & Then illustrates the huge variety of sounds and moods that can be achieved by just four recorder players - admittedly playing on more than twenty (!) different recorders between them, as well as on a toy piano appearing in the Swedish composer Staffan Mossenmark's Childhood. The repertoire spans from a 14th-century estampie - a renaissance dance - to Chiel Meijering's Sanctus, composed in 2003, by way of Vivaldi and Bach. A characteristic aspect of Sirena's live performances is the choreographic element that the ensemble incorporates in order to intensify the experience. This can be sampled on a number on video clips, for instance on YouTube, but the quartet's interest in movement is also audible on the present recording; rhythm and drive are guiding lights in Fulvio Caldini's Clockwork-Toccata or The Jogger by Dick Koomans, both inspired by the minimalism of Steve Reich, but also in Tarquinio Merula's La Lusignuola ('nightingale'), from the very beginning of the 17th century.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The Sirena Quartet, founded in 1993, exhibits a natural progression of the early music movement on this release titled Now and Then. Their repertory includes music of the Renaissance and Baroque - from the recorder's "heyday", as Matti Eden puts it - but early instruments have attracted modern composers, too, as the quartet proves on this release. The result is a program that impresses on the listener the very broad application of the recorder in ancient and contemporary music. The contemporary works were intended for recorder ensemble. The extended technique of vocalization in Meijering's 'Sanctus', Koomans's 'The Jogger', and Mossenmark's 'Childhood' make them sound rather avant-garde. Yet each of them return, as if nostalgically, to the sounds of the Renaissance and Baroque.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Vestkirken, Ballerup, Denmark (12/2013).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 violins, cello, strings & continuo in D minor ("L'estro armonico" no 11), Op. 3/11,
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : In dulci jubilo (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 10), BWV 608 (BC K37)
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, meine Freude (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein no 12), BWV 610 (BC K39)
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Boismortier, Joseph Bodin : Concerto for 5 flutes in D major, Op. 15/3
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1727

>Meijering, Chiel : Sanctus, for 4 recorders
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2003

>Koomans, Dick : The Jogger, for 4 recorders
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Mossenmark, Staffan : Childhood, for 4 recorders
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1998

>Caldini, Fulvio : Clockwork Toccata, for 4 recorders, Op. 68c
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999-2000

>Scheidt, Samuel : Fantasia super Io son ferito lasso, SSWV 103
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon seconda "La Lusignuola" (Canzoni a quattro voci, Libro primo)
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1615

>Merula, Tarquinio : Canzon quarta "La Merula" (Canzoni a quattro voci, Libro primo)
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1615

>Anonymous : Retrove Estampie Retrove, for organ (from the Robertsbridge Codex)
  • Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.