DCD34206-CD

Music in a Cold Climate

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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.

"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."

"Glenton and White deliver impeccable divisions and a kaleidoscope of colours"

"Paul Baxter’s East Lothian-based record label is surely the thinking early music aficionado’s first port of call for adventurous new recordings these day...authenticity here extends to Baxter having recorded the octet in Romsey Abbey in Hampshire which boasted a reproduction renaissance organ with manually operated bellows"

"The performances are outstanding. Johann Sommer’s five-part pavan on ‘Susanne un jour’ is particularly exquisite, as is Glenton’s solo turn in Johann Schop’s take on Dowland’s Lachrimæ. Andrew Keeling’s Northern Soul – commissioned for this programme – engagingly employs the myriad textures of the ensemble without straying into pastiche; however, it’s definitely the older repertoire that steals the show on the disc."

EARLY MUSIC TODAY

"These are truly great performances of less familiar music, and all musicians featured are of the finest quality."

MUSIC & VISION

Producer: Paul Baxter
Release date: 19 January 2018
Catalogue No: DCD34206
Total playing time: 1:07:32

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