A new signing for Delphian, In Echo is made up of some of Europe’s finest young early-music specialists. Each a soloist in their own right, under director Gawain Glenton they have put together a fascinating snapshot of the musical landscape during the heyday of the Hanseatic League.
The seafaring nations of northern Europe have always been connected: London to Tallinn via Lübeck, Hamburg, Bremen and the ports of Holland, Denmark and Sweden. The sixteenth- and seventeenth-century composer/musicians on this recording each looked beyond their own shores and toward a sense of shared European culture and understanding. Andrew Keeling’s new work Northern Soul was commissioned specially to complement this programme.
Presto Recordings of the Year 2018
"The specific qualities of each early instrument have fired Keeling’s imagination, and the band put these qualities on display…Overall, a fascinating journey"
"Composers travelled the trade routes of the Hanseatic League seeking patronage. This fascinating disc, with full explanatory notes by director Gawain Glenton, introduces us to some dozen of them, new names allThe fashionable melancholy of the day...is offset by cheerful folk themes and dances, as well as a sympathetic and lively new commission, Northern Soul, from British composer Andrew Keeling."
Recording venue(s): Romsey Abbey, Hampshire
Recording dates: 1-3 February 2017
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 19
Total playing time: 67:32
First UK release date: January 19, 2018
Album ID: DCD34206