Concertos I-VII (2008)

Muffat

Holland Baroque Society

Matthew Halls

GEORG MUFFAT, A EUROPEAN WITHOUT BORDERS 'Die Noten, die Saiten, die liebliche Music-Thonen geben mir meine Verrichtungen, und da ich die Franzsische Art der Teutscher und Welscher einmenge, keinen Krieg anstiffte, sondern vielleicht derer Vlker erwnschter Zusammenstimmung den lieben Frieden etwann vorspiele.' 'The notes, the strings, the sweet sounds of music give my life a sense of fulfilment, all the more because I mingle the French style with the German and Italian, without inciting a war; but rather holding up a mirror to the longed-for harmony and dear peace which these peoples so greatly desire.' (Georg Muffat) He was a European avant la lettre: Georg Muffat, a Savoyard from the French Alps, born in Mgve into a family which originated, on his father's side, from Scots ancestors. He was trained as an organist in Paris, where he received lessons between 1663 and 1669 from teachers including Jean-Baptiste Lully, the Florentine kitchen-boy who became more French than Louis XIV himself once he arrived in Versailles. Later, Muffat popped up again in Alsace (in Slstat and Molsheim), pursuing the study of law for a year in the German city of Ingolstadt. We rediscover him next in Vienna, where he became acquainted with the work of prominent composers such as Valentini, Bertali, Ziani, and Schmelzer. After a short time spent wandering around Prague, Muffat entered the service of Salzburg archbishop Max Gandolph as court organist. Not only did this prince of the church adorn the cathedral of Salzburg, but he also brought the famed violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber to his court. And that wasn't all: he sent his servant Georg Muffat on a fully-paid study trip to Rome......

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Holland Baroque Society

Free of fuss and convention, Holland Baroque Society takes to the stage with a variety of programmes. Baroque music is the key, but these musicians build bridges to other styles and arts. Balanced between tradition and renewal, they pursue the topicality of musical experience. In recent years Holland Baroque Society has collaborated with prominent Baroque musicians including Paolo Pandolfo, Quatuor Mosaïques, Emma Kirkby, Milos Valent and Hidemi Suzuki, and with composer Nico Muhly, singer and song- writer Teitur and jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans.

For this innovative approach the ensemble was awarded the Kersjes Prize and the VSCD Classical Music Prize in 2008, and more recently the Diapason d’Or 2012. It has brought Holland Baroque Society to all sorts of venues, from the Vienna Konzerthaus to the Amsterdam pop temple Paradiso, and from Vredenburg concert hall in Utrecht to the World Exhibition in Shanghai.

There are more projects under preparation, with Porgy Franssen, Marcus Creed, Giora Feidman, Amandine Beyer, Calefax Rietkwintet, Cappella Amsterdam, Orkater and Sergio Azzolini. Holland Baroque Society has invested just as much ambition and energy in countless Kids Only concerts and educational projects, through which thousands of children have made acquaintance with classical music. The aim is to give them a pure listening experience, and this produces pure reactions like “I’d never heard of those sunny instruments before.”

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Concertos I-VII (2008)

Muffat

Holland Baroque Society

    Classique Info

ce tout jeune ensemble hollandais présente exactement les qualités et défauts inverses. La prise de son, moelleuse et réverbérée est des plus agréables, elle flatte une sonorité d’ensemble très ronde et homogène. (…)

    Volkskrant

Onder aanvoering van de Engelse clavecinist Matthew Hall geeft het orkest een glanzende vertolking van Mufftas veelzijdige muziek waarin Franse dansjes en Duitse doortimmerdheid met zoetsmartelijke harmonien verbonden worden. Ronkende bassen vervolmaken de opulente klank.

    Star Ledger -

the group fully captures the grave beauty of this composer's writing (...) (...) the mix of 12 strings with low-key chamber organ, harpsichord and bass lute woven across the audio spectrum like a tapestry of warmth. Allied to that sound, Holland Baroque's dynamic subtlety and euphonious tuning make this a hypnotic album, one to set on repeat. 4****,

    Gramophone

Lively works from the violin master show Italian fire and French elegance. () () Muffat seem to me one of the finest composers of his time. Try this and see if you don't agree.

    Happinez

Die HBS musiziert, wie man das von modernen Ensembles dieses Stills erwarten kann: Frisch, unkonventionell, wendig und dynamisch uerst variabel. Mannheimer Morgen Wie houdt van verrassende, zinderende, betoverende barok kan nu al niet meer om de Holland Baroque Society heen. Fris, jong en getalenteerd! Een droomdebuut!!

    Norddeutsche Rundfunkt

Der klang dieser SACD ist brillant, fein, klar in der Vermittlung rumlicher Strukturen. Eine Einladung an den Hrer, die lohnenswerte Musik Muffats nher kennen zu lernen. Klassik.com (...) Die Musik ist 300 Jahre alt und bewegt doch unmittelbar (...) (...) Matthew Halls und die HBS haben eine beachtliche Debut-Cd vorgelegt, die Lust macht, Muffat's musik mit ernst und Freude zuzuhren - was will man meht?

    Klassieke Zaken

Plezante luistermuziek (...) (...) De kwaliteit van de musici staat buiten kijf, getuige de prachtig zijdeachtige strijkersklank en het verantwoorde barokidioom. Een interessante cd: de kennismaking met een nieuw en veelbelovend Nederlands ensemble n natuurlijk de prachtige muziek van Muffat, die je niet iedere dag hoort!!

    Toccata

Der Stil ist zwar noch nichts unverwechselbar, doch ausgesprochenen gute Anstze sind hier schon zu vernehmen. Wie gut das klingt, kann man nun auf der Muffat-Einspielung horen.

    HVT

De muziek ademt, is spannend uitgevoerd en bovendien 'luchtig' opgenomen. In een woord is deze SACD te vatten: klasse!!

    Audiophile Audition

The HBS along with its 'guest' leader Matthew Hall turns in delightfully vivacious of great spirit and obvious devotion.

    Telegraaf

een gezelschap met jonge talentvolle barokmusici, de cd is een aanrader!! De Gelderlander () Zes onbekende, maar prachtige concerto's van Georg Muffat. Het musiceren voltrekt zich verzorgd als altijd en de historische strijkinstrumenten klinken opmerkelijk mals. Een geslaagd debuut!!

Concertos I-VII (2008)

Muffat

Holland Baroque Society

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Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
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Recording location:Doopgezinde Kerk Haarlem Holland 2008
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Concerto IV Dulce somnium - Sonata. Grave
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Concerto IV Dulce somnium - Sarabanda. Grave
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Concerto IV Dulce somnium - Grave. Adagio
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Concerto IV Dulce somnium - Aria. Allegro
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Concerto IV Dulce somnium - Borea. Alla breve un poco grave
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Concerto I Bona nova - Sonata. Grave
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Concerto I Bona nova - Allegro
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Concerto I Bona nova - Ballo. Allegro
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Concerto I Bona nova - Grave
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Concerto I Bona nova - Aria
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Concerto I Bona nova - Giga
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Concerto VI Quis hic - Sonata. Allegro. Presto
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Concerto VI Quis hic - Aria. Allegro
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Concerto VI Quis hic - Grave
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Concerto VI Quis hic - Aria. Allegro. Borea
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Concerto VII Deliciae Regum - Sonata. Grave
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Concerto VII Deliciae Regum - Aria. Largo
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Concerto VII Deliciae Regum - Gavotta. Alla breve
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Concerto VII Deliciae Regum - Grave
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Concerto VII Deliciae Regum - Giga. Allegro
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Concerto VII Deliciae Regum - Menuet
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Concerto II Cor vigilans - Sonata. Grave
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Concerto II Cor vigilans - Presto. Grave
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Concerto II Cor vigilans - Corrente. Allegro
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Concerto II Cor vigilans - Grave
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Concerto II Cor vigilans - Gavotta. Alla breve, ma non presto
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Concerto II Cor vigilans - Rondeau. Allegro
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Concerto V Seaculum - Sonata. Grave
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Concerto V Seaculum - Allegro
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Concerto V Seaculum - Allemanda. Largo
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Concerto V Seaculum - Grave
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Concerto V Seaculum - Gavotta. Alla breve, ma non presto
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Concerto V Seaculum - Menuet. Allegro
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Concerto III Convalescentia - Sonata. Grave. Presto
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Concerto III Convalescentia - Aria. Presto. Allegro. Presto. Grave. Presto
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Concerto III Convalescentia - Grave
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Concerto III Convalescentia - Giga I. Presto
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Concerto III Convalescentia - Giga II Allegro
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