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Baroque - Music for Recorder

Composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
Johann Christian Schickhardt
Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer Fredrik Bock
Dan Laurin
Leif Meyer
Mogens Rasmussen
Sirena Recorder Quartet
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1234 CD
EAN 7318590012345
Format CD
Release date Apr 2003
Total time 70'30

Here is a taste of ensemble music at its most striking – from the heyday of the concerto grosso when the "solo" voice in a concerto could be provided by several players at the same time. Sirena is a quartet of recorder soloists who have now been playing together for a decade and have utterly perfected the art of making four disparate instruments appear to be a single musical source with an unusually large range of pitches and colours.
Their first disc, BIS-CD-1112: "Sitting Ducks", was enthusiastically received by the critics and astounded most people who heard it. (It was given a 5-star rating by the BBC Music Magazine.) The only reason it did not become a best-seller over night was that the programme was radically contemporary, with all of the composers still living and most of them still in their forties.
The present disc is a very different matter altogether in that the composers represent the most listener-friendly of Baroque composers: Telemann, Boismortier and Schickhardt. There is an added bonus in that the inimitable Dan Laurin - who taught the members of Sirena at the Carl Nielsen Academy – in some works features as the fifth wheel/recorder. Completing the picture is a continuo group of harpsichord, viola da gamba and lute. The enthusiasm of the approach paired with the tunefulness of the music should bring new life to jaded CD-players!
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  Johann Christian Schickhardt
  Concerto I in C major (from Concerti for four Treble
Recorders and Basso continuo)
01 I. Allegro 2'23
02 II. Adagio 3'34
03 III. Vivace 1'49
04 IV. Allegro 1'56
  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  Concerto IV in B minor (from VI Concertos pour flutes traversières, Op.XV) 7'55
05 I. Adagio 2'15
06 II. Allegro 2'14
07 III. Allegro 3'26
  Georg Philipp Telemann
  Concerto in E major (from Concerto a.4. Violini Senza Basso) 6'28
08 I. Largo e staccato 2'06
09 II. Allegro 1'32
10 III. Adagio 1'08
11 IV. Vivace 1'42
  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  Sonata VI in A minor (from Six Sonates Op.XXXIV) 6'46
12 I. Adagio 1'16
13 II. Allegro 1'38
14 III. Largo 1'59
15 IV. Allegro 1'53
  Johann Christian Schickhardt
  Concerto II in D minor (from Concerti for four Treble
Recorders and Basso continuo)
16 I. Allegro 2'27
17 II. Adagio 4'17
18 III. Vivace 1'42
19 IV. Allegro 1'48
  Georg Philipp Telemann
  Concerto in F major (from Concerto a.4. Violini Senza Basso) 5'34
20 I. Adagio - Allegro 2'10
21 II. Grave 2'03
22 III. Allegro 1'21
  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  Concerto II in A minor (from VI Concertos pour 5 flutes traverières, Op.XV) 7'28
23 I. Allegro 2'42
24 II. Largo 2'15
25 III. Allegro 2'31
  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier
  Sonata III in E minor (from Six Sonates, Op.XXXIV) 6'05
26 I. Andante 1'40
27 II. Presto 1'47
28 III. Adagio 1'35
29 IV. Allegro 1'03
  Johann Christian Schickhardt
  Concerto III in G major (from Concerti for four Treble
Recorders and Basso continuo)
30 I. Allegro 1'47
31 II. Adagio 2'38
32 III. Giga 2'21
33 IV. Presto 1'07
  Album total 70'30
ComposerBoismortier, Joseph Bodin de
Schickhardt, Johann Christian
Telemann, Georg Philipp
Recorder quartetSirena Recorder Quartet
Viola da gambaRasmussen, Mogens
Harpsichord / organMeyer, Leif
Baroque guitar / theorboBock, Fredrik
RecorderLaurin, Dan

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