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Now & Then - Sirena Recorder Quartet

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Fulvio Caldini
Dick Koomans
Chiel Meijering
Tarquinio Merula
Staffan Mossenmark
Samuel Scheidt
Antonio Vivaldi
Performer Sirena Recorder Quartet
Catalogue Number BIS-2115 SACD
EAN 7318599921150
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Dec 2014
Total time 66'31

“The ensemble is excellent, the arrangements ingenious, the recording absolutely natural and evocative.” Gramophone

On their latest disc, the Danish-Swedish Sirena Recorder Quartet treats us to a wide-ranging selection from their regular concert repertoire. Now & Then illustrates the huge variety of sounds and moods that can be achieved by just four recorder players – admittedly playing on more than twenty (!) different recorders between them, as well as on a toy piano appearing in the Swedish composer Staffan Mossenmark’s Childhood. The repertoire spans from a 14th-century estampie – a renaissance dance – to Chiel Meijering's Sanctus, composed in 2003, by way of Vivaldi and Bach. A characteristic aspect of Sirena’s live performances is the choreographic element that the ensemble incorporates in order to intensify the experience. This can be sampled on a number on video clips, for instance on YouTube, but the quartet’s interest in movement is also audible on the present recording; rhythm and drive are guiding lights in Fulvio Caldini’s Clockwork-Toccata or The Jogger by Dick Koomans, both inspired by the minimalism of Steve Reich, but also in Tarquinio Merula’s La Lusignuola (‘nightingale’), from the very beginning of the 17th century.
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  Antonio Vivaldi
  Concerto per quattro flauti, Op.3 No.11 (RV565) 10'13
01 I. Allegro 0'53
02 II. Adagio e spiccato 0'28
03 III. Allegro 2'56
04 IV. Largo e spiccato 3'03
05 V. Allegro 2'53
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Three Chorale Preludes for organ 5'20
06 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV731 2'17
07 In dulci jubilo, BWV608 1'13
08 Jesu, meine Freude, BWV610 1'50
  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  Concerto pour 5 flûtes-traversières in D major, Op.15 No.3 8'13
09 I. Allegro 1'49
10 II. Adagio 3'03
11 III. Allegro 3'21
  Chiel Meijering
12 Sanctus (2003) 3'31
  Dick Koomans
13 The Jogger (1994) 4'14
  Staffan Mossenmark
14 Childhood (1998/2003) 7'40
  Fulvio Caldini
15 Clockwork-Toccata, Op.68/c (1999) 4'04
  Samuel Scheidt
16 Fantasia super ‘Io son ferito ai lasso’ 7'25
  Tarquinio Merula
  from Canzoni a quattro voci…, Libro primo (1615) 9'14
17 Canzon seconda ‘La Lusignuola’ 5'06
18 Canzon quarta ‘La Merula’ 4'08
19 Petrone, estampie from the Robertsbridge Codex 4'11
  Album total 66'31
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de
Caldini, Fulvio
Koomans, Dick
Meijering, Chiel
Merula, Tarquinio
Mossenmark, Staffan
Scheidt, Samuel
Vivaldi, Antonio
Recorder quartetSirena Recorder Quartet

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