Fugue Around The Clock (2003)

Scheidt, Muttaf, Handel, Palestrina, Schubert, Bach, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Jullien, Corelli, Pohlit, Anonymous, Shostakovich

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Since the early 18th century, fugue has been regarded as one of the great compositional forms. It requires skilful counterpoint allied to harmonic facility in order to create a satisfying whole from the fugues restrictive formal demands. Indeed, for many universities and conservatoires the writing of a fugue has long been regarded as the greatest test of contrapuntal and harmonic ability.

Even into the 20th century, the Paris Conservatoire locked students away individually with only a pen, paper and fugue subject for company in order to test their technical skill. Such revered status was not acquired overnight, however, and the roots of the fugue are to be found back in the 14th-century....

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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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Fugue Around The Clock (2003)

Scheidt, Muttaf, Handel, Palestrina, Schubert, Bach, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Jullien, Corelli, Pohlit, Anonymous, Shostakovich

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

    Haarlems Dagblad

vaandeldragers van de internationale blokfluitscene () () In dit fraaie album demonstreren de musici hun speurwerk naar de fuga-vorm. De grondigheid daarvan is al voorbeeldig. Hun bewerkingen van Brahms is subliem en transcendent. Gurez van Stefan Pollit met schrapende ademtocht toont aan dat de fuga nog lang niet pass is.

Fugue Around The Clock (2003)

Scheidt, Muttaf, Handel, Palestrina, Schubert, Bach, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Jullien, Corelli, Pohlit, Anonymous, Shostakovich

Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

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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:Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands october 2002
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
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Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Canzon Cornetto a 4
Scheidt
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Fuga
Muttaf
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Fugue in A-minor 'Largo'
Handel
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Fugue in E-minor 'Allegro'
Handel
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Ricercar del primo tuono
Palestrina
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Fugue 'Allegro moderato'
Schubert
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Concerto in D-minor BWV 596 after Antonio Vivaldi Op. 3/11 Allegro
Bach
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Concerto in D-minor BWV 596 after Antonio Vivaldi Op. 3/11 Grave
Bach
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Concerto in D-minor BWV 596 after Antonio Vivaldi Op. 3/11 Fuga
Bach
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Concerto in D-minor BWV 596 after Antonio Vivaldi Op. 3/11 Adiago spiccato
Bach
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Concerto in D-minor BWV 596 after Antonio Vivaldi Op. 3/11 Allegro
Bach
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Fuge 'Mit sanften stimmen' Op. 37
Schumann
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Fuge in A flat minor
Brahms
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Fuge 'Con moto' Op. 37
Mendelssohn
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Fuga a 4 'Allabreve moderato'
Bach
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Fuge in G major BWV 577
Bach
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Fugue Grave
Jullien
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Fuga 'a quattro voci'
Corelli
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Gurez'
Pohlit
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Ca?a 'O virgo splenderns'
Anonymous
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fugue Op. 87 No. 22
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