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Michael Maier (1568û1622): The Fifty Fuges Atalanta Fugiens / Rachael Platt, Rufus Muller, Emily Van Evera. Richard Wistreich

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  51. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 1, Portavit eum ventus in ventre suo $0.99 on iTunes
  52. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 2, Nutrix ejus terra est $0.99 on iTunes
  53. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 3, Vade ad mulierem lavantem pannos, tu fac similiter $0.99 on iTunes
  54. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 4, Conjunge fratrem cum sorore et propina illis poculum amoris $0.99 on iTunes
  55. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 5, Appone mulieri super mammas bufonem, ut ablactet eum, et moriatur mulier, sitque bufo grossus de lacte $0.99 on iTunes
  56. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 6, Seminate aurum vestrum in terram albam foliatam $0.99 on iTunes
  57. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 7, Fit pullus à nido volans, qui iterùm cadit in nidum $0.99 on iTunes
  58. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 8, Accipe ovum et igneo percute gladio $0.99 on iTunes
  59. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 9, Arborem cum fene concludein rorida domo, et comedens de fructu ejus fiet juvenis $0.99 on iTunes
  60. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 10, Da ignem igni, mercurium Mercurio, et sufficit tibi $0.99 on iTunes
  61. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 11, Dealbate Latonam et rumpite libros $0.99 on iTunes
  62. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 12, Lapis, quem Saturnus, pro Jove filio devoratum, evomuit, pro monumento in Helicone mortalibus est positus $0.99 on iTunes
  63. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 13, Aes philosophorum hydropicum est, et vult lavari septies in fluvio, ut Naaman leprosus in Jordane $0.99 on iTunes
  64. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 14, Hic est draco caudam suam devorans $0.99 on iTunes
  65. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 15, Op. figuli, consistens in sicco et humido, te doceat $0.99 on iTunes
  66. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 16, Hic leo, quas plumas non habet, alter habet $0.99 on iTunes
  67. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 17, Orbita quadruplex hoc regit ignis, Op. $0.99 on iTunes
  68. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 18, Ignire ignis amat, non aurificare, sed aurum $0.99 on iTunes
  69. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 19, Si de quattuor unum occidas, subito mortuus omnis erit $0.99 on iTunes
  70. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 20, Naturam natura docet, debellet ut ignem $0.99 on iTunes
  71. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 21, Fac ex mare et foemina circulum, inde quadrangulum, hinc triangulum, fac circulum et habebis lap. Philosophorum $0.99 on iTunes
  72. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 22, Plumbo habito candido fac, Op. mulierum, hoc est, coque $0.99 on iTunes
  73. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 23, Aurum pluit, dum nascitur Pallas Rhodi, et Sol concumbit Veneri $0.99 on iTunes
  74. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 24, Regem lupus voravit et vitae crematus reddidit $0.99 on iTunes
  75. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 25, Draco non moritur, nisi cum fratre et sorore sua interficiatur, qui sunt Sol et Luna $0.99 on iTunes
  76. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 26, Sapientiae humanae fructus lignum vitae est $0.99 on iTunes
  77. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 27, Qui Rosarium intrare conatur philosophicum absque clave, assimilatur homini ambulare volenti absque pedibus $0.99 on iTunes
  78. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 28, Rex balneatur in Laconico sedens, atraque bile liberatur a Pharut $0.99 on iTunes
  79. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 29, Ut salamandra vivit igne sic lapis $0.99 on iTunes
  80. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 30, Sol indiget Luna, ut gallus gallina $0.99 on iTunes
  81. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 31, Rex natans in mari, clamans alta voce, qui me eripiet, ingens praemium habebit $0.99 on iTunes
  82. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 32, Corallus sub aquis ut crescit et aere induratur, sic lapis $0.99 on iTunes
  83. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 33, Hermaphroditus mortuo similis, in tenebris jacens, igne indiget $0.99 on iTunes
  84. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 34, in balneis concipitur, et in aere nascitur, rubeus vero factus graditur super aquas $0.99 on iTunes
  85. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 35, Ceres Triptolemum, Thetis Achillem, ut sub igne morari assuefecit, sic artifex lapidem $0.99 on iTunes
  86. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 36, Lapis projectus est in terras, et in montibus exaltatus, et in aere habitat, et in flumine pascitur, id est, Mercurius $0.99 on iTunes
  87. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 37, Tria sufficiunt ad magisterium, fumus albus, hoc est, aqua, leo viridis, id est, aes Hermetis, et aqua foetida $0.99 on iTunes
  88. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 38, Rebis, ut Hermaphroditus, nascitur ex duobus montibus, Mercurii et Veneris $0.99 on iTunes
  89. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 39, Oedypus Sphynge superata et trucidato Lajo patre matrem ducit in uxorem $0.99 on iTunes
  90. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 40, Ex duabus aquis, fac unam, et erit aqua sanctitatis $0.99 on iTunes
  91. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 41, Adonis ab apro occiditur, cui Venus accurrens tinxit rosas sanguine $0.99 on iTunes
  92. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 42, in chymicis versanti natura, ratio, esperientia et lectio, sint dux, scipio, perspicilia et lampas $0.99 on iTunes
  93. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 43, Audi loquacem vulturem, qui ne utiquam te decipit $0.99 on iTunes
  94. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 44, Dolo Typhon Osyridem trucidat, artusque illius hinc inde dissipat, sed hos collegit Isis inclyta $0.99 on iTunes
  95. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 45, Sol et ejus umbra perficiunt, Op. $0.99 on iTunes
  96. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 46, Aquilae duae, una ab ortu, altera ab occasu conveniunt $0.99 on iTunes
  97. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 47, Lupus ab oriente et canis ab occidente venientes se invicem momorderunt $0.99 on iTunes
  98. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 48, Rex ab aquis potatis morbum, a medicis curatus sanitatem obtinet $0.99 on iTunes
  99. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 49, Infans philosophicus tres agnoscit patres, ut Orion $0.99 on iTunes
  100. Maier — Atalanta Fugiens: No. 50, Draco mulierem, et haec illum interimit, simulque sanguine perfunduntur $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Maier, Michael : Atalanta Fugiens, for 3 voices & lute
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Notes & Reviews:

Atalanta Fugiens exudes the air of its time: the steam and stench of the alchemist's laboratory, the echoes of Renaissance choirs, the absorbed attention of the engraver to his copper plate. It is beautiful and strange, and it must be full of meaning, for such labor and learning to have gone into its making. But what is that meaning? The question was a teasing one even to Maier's contemporaries, and four hundred years of 'progress' have not brought us any closer to answering it. Yet one can enjoy and love a work without being able fully to understand it. Art, and that includes Maier's chosen art of alchemy, does not have to be rational in order to give satisfaction. It is sufficient for it to arouse the sense of wonder, the sense of something coming from another level of existence or another order of being. That, after all, is what music regularly does. Although Maier calls his pieces 'fugues' in conformity with the nomenclature of his time (and to echo the book's title), they should not be confused with the fugal form of J. S. Bach and his successors. Today we would define Maier's compositions as two-part canons over a cantus firmus. The form was dictated by the symbolism of the classical myth that inspired him. Briefly stated, it is the tale of the beautiful princess Atalanta, who refused to marry any man who could not outrun her. Many suitors tried and were not only beaten in the athletic sense, but executed. The canny Hippomenes, however, sought the advice of the goddess Aphrodite, who gave him three golden apples. Each time Atalanta drew ahead of him in the race, he rolled one of the apples before her. She could not resist stopping to pick them up, and this enabled Hippomenes to win the race, keep his head, and marry her. However, they did not live happily ever after, because after desecrating the Temple of Cybele by making love therein, the goddess turned them, as punishment, into a pair of lions.

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Recording information: St. Margaret's Church, Putney (01/1986).



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>Maier, Michael : Atalanta Fugiens, for 3 voices & lute
  • Performers: Rufus Müller; Rachel Platt (Soprano); Emily van Evera (Soprano); Richard Wistreich
  • Conductor: Richard Wistreich
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance