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Adagio: A Consideration Of A Serious Matter / Caprice Ens., Maute

Album Summary

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Miserere, ZWV 57
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
>Maute, Matthias : Prelude, for 2 flutes, viola & strings
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 82a
>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jephte
>Chopin, Frédéric : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sepulto Domino, response for soloists, chorus & instruments, ZWV 55/27
>Ives, Charles : Contemplations (2)
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Notes & Reviews:

Charles Ives gave two titles to his most famous composition: the piece generally known as The Unanswered Question, featuring a trumpet call repeating the same earnest question seven times was also listed by the composer under the title A Consideration of a Serious Matter.

This wonderful title soon became the programmatic idea behind the recording of adagios throughout the centuries by Ensemble Caprice.

Centered around Bach's sad yet mysteriously joyful aria Ich habe genug (I have Enough), there emerged a colorful array of choral and orchestral pieces, all having one element in common: they are all meditations on the fundamental questions of life and death and express something that it would be impossible to communicate through words.

As we were recording the CD they began to feel as if the different pieces were "reacting" to one another. It was almost as if the composers were having an intense conversation across the centuries, with no existing time barriers.

It is a serious matter to consider that there may be an end to early music, as there is to life itself; but assuming that there is a place beyond time and space, the music on this CD offers glimpses into how inspired composers have managed to zoom in on dimensions beneath and beyond our ordinary reality, insofar as it is humanly possible to do so.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Quebec, Canada (04/2013).



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Works Details

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Miserere, ZWV 57 :: Adagio
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1738

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1945

>Barber, Samuel : Agnus Dei
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Maute, Matthias : Prélude, for 2 flutes, viola & strings
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 82a :: Aria. Ich habe genug
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/02/1727

>Carissimi, Giacomo : Jephte :: Coro. Plorate Israel
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: by 06/16/1648

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Prelude for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 28/4, CT. 169
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838-1839

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Performers: Shannon Mercer; Sophie Lariviere (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Da pacem Domine
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Sepulto Domino, response for soloists, chorus & instruments, ZWV 55/27
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1723

>Ives, Charles : Contemplations (2)
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Shannon Mercer
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906-1934