Musickes Sweetest Joyes (2004)

Simpson, Jones, Corkine, Hume, Loeke, Downland, Lanier

Mieneke Van Der Velden

Jaap ter Linden, Fred Jacobs, Peter Kooij, Johannette Zomer

Musickes sweetest joyes 'For now my soule delights in heavenly noyse of musickes sweetest joyes'* Because of the gentle melancholy which underlies the instruments sound, the viola da gamba was the instrument par excellence for the music which became fashionable in 17th-century England,. Sadness was the prevailing tone in compositions of the period, as can be heard not only in many of the song texts (Go nightly cares, Like hermit poor) but also in the stately beauty of instrumental works like the Pavins. Fortunately, not all of the music of this period is gloomy or melancholy; many of the suites, with their light-footed dance movements, as well as folk song settings or grounds, provide a welcome contrast. As you study the English repertoire, you are quickly overwhelmed by the vast quantity of glorious music written for the viola da gamba, and curiosity spurs you on to continue reading through new pieces. In England, the gamba was used in various ways and in all sorts of different combinations, so that the instruments possibilities and possibilities for tone color were put to their best use......

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Fred Jacobs

Fred Jacobs studied lute and theorbo with Anthony Bailes at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. In 1985 he co-founded The Locke Consort,  acknowledged for their interpretations and praised for their recordings of 17th Century English chamber music. He is a member of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Parley of Instruments, the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bachsociety and the Monteverdi Continuo-ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera, where he has performed in all Monteverdi and Cavalli productions since 1997.

Fred Jacobs is a regular accompanist of many distinguished singers, such as soprano Anne Azéma, countertenor Michael Chance and baritone Maarten Koningsberger. With the Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer he has been recording a series of programmes devoted to 17th Century monody for which his research has unveiled many hidden treasures.

Over the years Fred Jacobs has been a guest at the major early music festivals in Europe and the United States. He performs in opera productions in London, Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Florence. Fred Jacobs has worked with many conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen,Ton Koopman, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Parrot, Marc Minkowski and Richard Egarr. With soprano Emma Kirkby, contralto Carolyn Watkinson, and baritone Maarten Koningsberger he gives workshops on the English lute song and on French ‘Air de Cour’.

Since 1995 Fred Jacobs teaches lute and theorbo at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Mieneke Van Der Velden

Mieneke van der Velden studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, receiving the Performer's Diploma in 1988. Since then she has followed a varied career, and regularly gives recitals with Glen Wilson (harpsichord), and Fred Jacobs (theorbo), as well as with her ensemble L'Armonia Sonora. She has been a soloist with many leading orchestras, such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), Concerto Vocale (René Jacobs), Collegium Vocale (Philippe Herreweghe), De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Jos van Veldhoven), and Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel). She has performed in the Dutch Early Music Network, Het Grachtenfestival, the Bach Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Festival of Flanders as well as for many other concert organisations throughout Europe. Mieneke has recorded three CDs for the Dutch label Channel Classics, receiving an overwhelmingly positive reception. Mieneke van der Velden is professor of viola da gamba at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.

Johannette Zomer

After several years as a microbiologist, Dutch SopranoJohannette Zomer trained at the Sweelink Conservatorium,Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel. She currently studieswith Diane Forlano.Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlowith the Nationale Reisopera and has gone on to sing Belinda– Dido & Aeneas, La Musica & Euridice – L’Orfeo,Gassman’s Opera – Seria, Dalinda – Ariodante, Ilia – Idomeneo,Pamina – Die Zauberflöte and Amanda – Le GrandeMacabre for the company. She has also sung Oberto in Alcinaat the Komische Oper. On the concert platform she has aenviable reputation as a baroque specialist working with manyof the top conductors in the field such as Ton Koopman,Frans Bru?ggen, René Jacobs, Reinhardt Goebel and PaulMcCreesh as well as collaborating for 20th century and contemporaryrepertoire with Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding,Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös. Herrecent engagements have included Bach B Minor Mass with the Tonhalle Orchestra/Bru?ggen, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo with the Bamberger Symfoniker/Christian Zacharias.She regularly gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd with whom she has recordedSchubert Songs for Alpha Records and is a member of the early music ensembles Compania Vocale andAntequera with whom she sings Neapolitan and Spanish baroque repertoire and medieval Cantigas.Johannette’s recent and future plans include projects of Handel and Frank Martin with the RiasKammerchor/Daniel Reuss; Bach and Buxtehude with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Koopman,Handel with Collegium Vocale, Gent and Gluck and Buxtehude with The Netherlands Bach Soc

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Musickes Sweetest Joyes (2004)

Simpson, Jones, Corkine, Hume, Loeke, Downland, Lanier

Mieneke Van Der Velden

    Financieel Dagblad

Wat zit er toch een leven in haar klank: nu eens koninklijk breed en trots, dan weer meisjesachtig en met schaamrood. Kortom geen moment saaiheid in deze anders toch zo kwetsbare muziek.

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

Mieneke van der Velden maakte eerder al veel indruk met de twee cds met gambamuziek, op deze derde gaan we op bezoek in Engeland. Mieneke laat met haar ensemble deze muziek heerlijk gonzen. Daarbij doen de hemelse Johannette Zomer en de subliem met de gamba mengende Peter Kooij ook nog een paar fraaie vocale duiten in het zakje.

    Diapason

Mieneke van der Velde allie une intense expressiviet un phrase toujours subtil. Sa sonorit plus discrete et fine que demonstrative installe potique tres convaincant

    American Record Guide

The listeners will be beguiled by this, and the performances are beautiful.

    Strings Magazine

Mieneke van der Velden has an elegant, reserved manner, and the ability to invest even the space around the notes with gentle beauty. The sound on this SACD is pristine pure with just the right touch of ambience, while the soloist's brief liner notes display the same affection she lavishes so generously on her playing.

    The Observer

Exquisitely played, with as much devotion to detail as technical mastery, here is period music to beguile many a modern mood swing.

    Gramophone

17th-century English melancholy and despair beautifully delivered. (...) the honours go to Mieneke van der Velden, who plays with unfailing intensity and beauty of tone.

    International Record Review

Mieneke van der Velden has a muscular, athletic manner of handling her instrument, producing a rich, big-boned sound. Wisely for such intense repertory, the programme is broken up by some small lute solos, deftly played by Fred Jacobs, and songs with viol accompaniment. Two Downland songs are performed in rarely heard versions with descants and bass gamba parts of the composer himself. Fascinating variations on much-loved songs especially rewarding. Peter Kooy is among the foremost Bach interpreters of the day, a sensational singer of Hume and Lanier. Warmly recommended

Musickes Sweetest Joyes (2004)

Simpson, Jones, Corkine, Hume, Loeke, Downland, Lanier

Mieneke Van Der Velden

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Prelude In D
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Divisions Upon A Ground
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A Pavin
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Coranto
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The Punckes Delight
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Cease Leaden Slumber
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Good Againe
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What Greater Griefe
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Suite In C Minor/Major - Fantazie
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Suite In C Minor/Major - Courant
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Suite In C Minor/Major - Fantazie
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Suite In C Minor/Major - Fantazie
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Suite In C Minor/Major - Saraband
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Prelude
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Go Nightly Cares
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(A Piece Without A Title)
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Coranto
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Lasso Vitta Mia
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Prelude In E
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Divisions Upon A Ground
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Like Hermit Poor
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A Polish Ayre
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Fain Would I Change That Note
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