Melancholy Grace

 
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FRESCOBALDI / ROSSI / STROZZI / JOHN BULL / PICCHI / etc
Melancholy Grace
Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)

[ Erato / Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 7 May 2021

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Melancholy Grace is a poetic collection of keyboard music from the 16th and 17th centuries by composers from Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany, including Frescobaldi, Luigi Rossi, Picchi, Luzzaschi, Sweelinck, Dowland, Bull and Gibbons. The French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau has conceived the album as a sombre, but eloquent dialogue between two contrasting voices: melancholy conveyed through chromaticism and melancholy conveyed through the musical expression of tears and weeping. Each voice finds expression through a different instrument: a 16th century Italian virginal (a compact harpsichord) for the 'tears' and a modern replica of an 18th century harpsichord for the 'chromatic' pieces.

"[A] sense of breath and space pervades the album, and coming in at over 80 minutes, it's shed the feeling that it's a recording at all: Rondeau presents something closer to meditation." Gramophone Editor's Choice July 2021

Tracks:

Frescobaldi: Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro II: Toccata settima

Di Roma: Fantaisie de Monsieur de Lorency

Jean rondeau rossi: passacaille del seigneur louigi

Jean rondeau strozzi: capricci da sonare cembali, et organi, op. 4, pt. 1: toccata quarta per l'elevatione

Sweelinck: Fantasia cromatica, SwWV 258

Picchi: Intavolatura di balli d'arpicordo: No. 5, Ballo alla polacha con il suo saltarello

Bull: Melancholy Pavan

Bull: Melancholy Galliard

Anonymous: Pavana lachrymae, WV 106

Picchi: Intavolatura di balli d'arpicordo: No. 5, Ballo alla polacha con il suo saltarello

Luzzaschi: Il transilvano, dialogo sopra il vero modo di sonar organi & istromenti da penna, Pt. 1: Toccata del quarto tuono

Storace: Selva di varie compositioni d'intavolatura per cimbalo ed organo: No. 22, Recercar di legature

Frescobaldi: Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro I: Toccata quarta

Frescobaldi: Toccate e partite d'intavolatura, Libro I: Toccata prima

Picchi: Intavolatura di balli d'arpicordo: No. 5, Ballo alla polacha con il suo saltarello (alternate version)

Valente: Intavolatura de cimbalo, Book I: Sortemeplus, con alcuni fioretti

Gibbons: Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: Pavana No. 292 in A Minor

Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seven Tears: No. 7, Lachrimae verae

Lachrimae, or Seven Tears: No. 7, Lachrimae verae