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Court & Dance Music Import

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1. Il Secondo Libro D'Intavolatura Di Balli: Padoana Terza Dita La Finetta/Hor Ch'io Son Gionto...
2. Elizabeth Rogers, Hir Virginall Booke: The Nightingale/The Scots Marche/My Delyght
3. Lutke Book: Ich Armes Kauzlein Kleine
4. Tabulaturbuch Auff Dem Instrumente: Viel Freuden Mit Sich Bringet/Von Gott Wil Ich Nicht Lassen...
5. Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: The Primerose/The Fall Of The Leaf
6. Musica Teutsch: Ach Elslein, Liebes Elselein
7. Orgel-Oder Instrumenttablatur: Ich Sag Ade
8. Ave Maristela
9. Praeludium
10. Manuskript Tabulatur: Die Kleine Schlacht/Es Het Ein Baur Sein Freylein Verlohren
11. Quatorze Gaillardes: Gaillarde
12. Lute Book: Entlaubet Ist Der Walde
13. Ein Schon, Nutz Und Gebreuchlich Orgel Tabulaturbuch: Der Keserin Tantz
14. Wanton Season
15. A Galyarde
16. Tabulaturbuch: Die Brunnlein, Die Da Fliessen/Zucht, Ehr Und Lob
17. Zwey Bucher Einer Neuen Kunstluchen Tabulatur: Alemando Novelle. Ein Guter Neuer Dantz/Der...

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B000001683
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having read the two customer reviews, I find myself in between the extremes. While Lena Jacobson does show a penchant for the more astringent and reedy stops, I cannot agree that the sound is shrill and aggravating. I found it quite interesting, and she displayed every facet of the potential sound. The Fredriksborg organ was rebuilt in the 1980s and there is a disc illustrating its mellower side on Marco Polo records. Nevertheless, I would be loth to surrender this recording. I find the clacking of the mechanical action and the occasionally asthmatic sound rather charming. The selections made by Jacobson are winning and the performances are never dull.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Quick on October 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Compenius organ has a unique sound, and is my favorite organ. You can think of it as being an orchestral organ for the orchestra of the 16th century. It's like having all the major Renaissance consorts at your fingertips. The packaging has great detail about the instrument, including all the stops, and which stops are used on which tracks -- something I wish more organ recordings would have.

Unfortunately, the performances are almost unlistenable. The notes speak of "a manner of playing...independent of modern performance practices...'speaking' delivery ... 'breathing' execution...'jeu inegal'. What this means is that Jacobson plays everything staccato and does not play in time. This goes far beyond agogic accent for expresson. These are supposed to be dance pieces, but a transcription of the rhythms would resemble Boulez. There is no sense of line, and this was an age dominated by vocal music. I'm a specialist in early music performance practice, and believe me, nobody else in the world plays this way. Also, the organ is rather closely miked, and rattles like it's 400 years old. It's hard to concentrate on the repertoire (well-chosen for the instrument) when you're wonder which random beat fragment the next note will fall on. There are other recordings of this organ that must be better.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is early keyboard playing at its best! I especially admire the artist's remarkably keen sense of rhythm and expression. These little pieces which can often sound dull in the hands of other players acquire a new life, no doubt due to Ms. Jacobson's vivid musicianship and insights into Baroque musical rhetoric, as mentioned in the cover-text. To my mind, her performance of this music sounds more like powerful speech and drama than music-as-such. I just love the fantastic sounds of this unique chamber organ, even though one or two tracks present us with sounds that are unfamiliar to our ears and perhaps best characterized as "rich", to employ Michael Palin's apt description of the smell of the durian fruit! Ms. Jacobson has very successfully pulled the right stops - we get to hear lots of tantalizing combinations of early organ sounds, especially the typical Renaissance reed stops! In fact, the whole thing sounds more like a small Renaissance band than the hands and feet of one single musician. I discovered Lena Jacobson only recently - I bought her recording of a selection of Buxtehude's organ works released by deutsche harmonia mundi-BMG. I think this must be the best Buxtehude organ CD to date. Very, very powerful and colorful organ playing! I have to say that compared to these dramatic and virtuoso interpretations of preludes and chorales, most of the competition (such as Vogel) sounds dull and run-of-the-mill. I strongly recommend the Court and Dance Music CD as well as the Buxtehude!
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