Nocturne (2005)

Jadin, Bach, H_ndel, Locatelli, Sammartini, Pachelbel, Mozart

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Nocturne The transition from the Baroque to the classical period was characterized by a re-evaluation of the relationship between humanity and nature. Allegories gave way to real characters and situations. Simplicity and balance became important stylistic elements. At the same time, music was increasingly seen as a pleasant way of passing the time. This was also the time during which the recorder developed into a chamber music instrument for 'rich gentlemen'. A recorder was sometimes built into a walking stick, so that a flute would always be available for playing a suitable melody during a walk in the country...

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Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Since its formation the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet has explored the boundaries of the recorder consort. Its musical adventure started in 1978 when studying at the Sweelinck conservatory in Amsterdam and discovering the quartet as a new phenomenon. The ensemble's reputation grew quickly when they emerged as the winner of the 1981 Musica Antigua Competition in Bruges despite testing the competition rules by performing an unusual arrangement of a Stevie Wonder song.

What followed was the recognition as a serious ensemble of unparalleled virtuosity, a recording contract with Decca and the start of an international career. Both their playing style and choice of repertoire, something unheard of at the time, made them appear at many festivals and they toured throughout Europe the United States, South America and Japan. Their unusual name refers to a melody played on their very first rehearsal. It expresses affection for unusual repertoire in addition to the classic consort music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

A number of composers have been inspired to write for the Quartet, which has helped create a new repertoire that proves the instrument to be an important voice of our time. Graham Fitkin, Tristan Keuris, Chiel Meijering, Peter Jan Wagemans, Philip Wharton en Lera Auerbach are amongst the many composers who wrote for the quartet. The Quartet also contributes to the expansion of the recorder repertoire by publishing a series of new recorder music and through the collaboration with recorder makers. The Boston based instrument maker Friedrich von Huene designed a fully keyed bass and contrabass recorder allowing the group amongst others to perform and record Bach’s Art of Fugue. The group has assembled a unique collection of over a hundred Renaissance, Baroque and modern recorders, ranging from an 8-inch sopranino to a sub-contrabass measuring over nine feet. The quartet’s recordings (for L'Oiseau-Lyre, Decca and Channel Classics) have confirmed its reputation as the world's most innovative and exciting recorder consort.

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Nocturne (2005)

Jadin, Bach, H_ndel, Locatelli, Sammartini, Pachelbel, Mozart

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

    Audiophile Audition

Never mind how they got their name, these recorder tootlers are the best!

    Gramophone

highly polished, stylish playing and a determination to push the expressive potential of the recorder consort as far as possible. ...as a whole, the disc can be recommended to recorder enthusiasts

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

De Loekies zijn wederom lekker tekeer gegaan om een kwartet van Joh. Chr. Bach of een Symfonie van Sammartini naar hun hand te zetten. (...) (...) Blokfluit liefhebbers, en dat zijn er heel veel, zullen de inspanningen weten te waarderen.

    Brabants Dagblad

Loekie Stardust: de meest begane fluitherauten ter wereld.

    Limburgs Dagblad

smetteloos ensemblespel, smaakvolle arrangementen en groot stijlbesef van de blazers (...) het kwartet imponeert door zijn gedreven spel en de ronkende klank, die even warm als transparant is (...)

    Toccata

Loeki Stardust beweist jedenfalls, dass es weiterhin als eines der fhrenden, wenn nicht berhaupt als das weltbeste Blockfltenquartett einzuschtzen ist.

    Magazin für Kammermusik

Wir erleben ein lebendiges, farbiges Musizieren, genau ausgehorcht in allen Schattierungen: vom weichen Raunen der Basslinien bis zum glnzend berblasenen Piccoloregister. Das Programm bietet einen Streifzug durch Barock und Klassik, wobei sich Hits wie Pachelbels Kanon mit Unbekanntem wie Jadins Nocturne mischen. Leider war auf meinem Exemplar die Reihenfolge anders getrackt als angegeben. Magazin für Kammermusik

Nocturne (2005)

Jadin, Bach, H_ndel, Locatelli, Sammartini, Pachelbel, Mozart

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopgezinde Kerk Deventer The Netherlands 2005
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Nocturne No.3 In G-Minor - Allegro
Jadin
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Nocturne No.3 In G-Minor - Adagio Espressivo
Jadin
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Nocturne No.3 In G-Minor - Allegretto - Allegro Molto
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Quartet In A-Major - Allegro
Bach
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Quartet In A-Major - Grazioso
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Suite In G-Minor - Ouverture
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Suite In G-Minor - Allemande
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Suite In G-Minor - Courante
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Suite In G-Minor - Grave
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Suite In G-Minor - Menuett
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Suite In G-Minor - Gigue
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Concerto Grosso Op. 1 No. 11 - Largo
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Concerto Grosso Op. 1 No. 11 - Allemande Allegro
Locatelli
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Concerto Grosso Op. 1 No. 11 - Sarabande Largo
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Concerto Grosso Op. 1 No. 11 - Giga Allegro
Locatelli
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Symphony No. 10 In F-Major - Vivace
Sammartini
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Symphony No. 10 In F-Major - Andante
Sammartini
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Symphony No. 10 In F-Major - Allegro
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Canon In C-Major
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Adiago
Mozart
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Fugue (KV 546)
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