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The Image of Melancholy

Composer Jon Balke
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Dietrich Buxtehude
William Byrd
John Dowland
Bjarte Eike
Niel Gow
Anthony Holborne
Johann Sommer
Traditional
Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin
Performer Berit Norbakken Solset
Barokksolistene
Catalogue Number BIS-2057 SACD
EAN 7318599920573
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2013
Total time 66'28


“With its authenticity of atmosphere and quiet ability to move, it is one to lose yourself in on long winter nights.” Gramophone

Conceived by the baroque violinist Bjarte Eike for his period band Barokksolistene, this programme is his very personal ‘image of melancholy’. As he writes in his liner notes, ‘for me, melancholy is not only synonymous with sadness and despair, it is a state also harbouring reflection, meditation and relief.’ The connection between music and melancholy is far from new – at least since the time of the ancient Greeks, and probably long before them, there has been a belief that music has the power to influence our mood, to alleviate sadness or melancholy – or to induce it. Melancholy has at various times been the height of fashion – think of John Dowland, whose motto was: ‘Semper Dowland, semper dolens’ (‘always Dowland, always mourning’). Dowland is of course included here, as is his near-contemporary Anthony Holborne – but there are also a number of later pieces, as well as folk music from Eike’s native Norway and elsewhere. This music, writes Eike, ‘does not belong to any particular style, nationality or period in time; it’s rather a string of tunes that have all had a personal significance to me, and that together form a musical matrimony between a Nordic melancholy, the rich sounds of the Elizabethan consort and a modern approach to music-making.’ Joined by the soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and by the jazz pianist Jon Balke, Eike and his ensemble have created an intensely atmospheric and highly suggestive disc, which richly lives up to its motto – a quote by Victor Hugo: ‘Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.’
 
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  Bjarte Eike
01 Savn - a tune for Signe 2'59
 
 
  Anthony Holborne
02 The image of melancholy, pavane 5'33
 
 
  John Dowland
03 Sorrow, stay 2'58
 
04 Bjørnsons bruremarsj 2'46
 
 
  Anthony Holborne
05 Wanton, galliard 1'08
 
06 Gjendines bådnlåt 4'25
 
 
  Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
07 Die Kreuztragung 2'43
 
 
  Dietrich Buxtehude
08 Klag-Lied 3'46
 
 
  Anthony Holborne
09 Muy linda, galliard 2'06
 
10 Joj Mati 3'00
 
11 Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch 1'39
 
12 Bånsull 2'53
 
 
  Anthony Holborne
13 Last will and testament, pavane 3'30
 
 
  Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin
14 Tabhair dom do lámh 5'25
 
 
  John Dowland
15 Flow my tears / Lachrimae antiquae 4'24
 
 
  Jon Balke
  Suite Susanne
16 Introducing Susanne - a meditation on Susanne un jour 1'51
 
 
  Johann Sommer
17 Devising Susanne 2'46
 
 
  John Dowland
18 Gaillard ‘Susanna’ 1'11
 
 
  William Byrd
19 Ye sacred muses 4'18
 
 
  Niel Gow
20 Niel Gow’s lament for the death of his second wife 5'35
 
  Album total 66'28
ComposerBalke, Jon
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
Buxtehude, Dietrich
Byrd, William
Dowland, John
Eike, Bjarte
Gow, Niel
Holborne, Anthony
Sommer, Johann
Ó Catháin, Ruaidri Dáll
ConductorEike, Bjarte
EnsembleBarokksolistene
ArrangerBalke, Jon
Eike, Bjarte
Valent, Milos
OrganBalke, Jon

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