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Following the success of his 2011 album Rose of Sharon a celebration of 18th Century American music that landed on Billboard s classical chart and critics year-end lists the latest project by Joel Frederiksen and the
Ensemble Phoenix Munich takes them all the way back in time to... 1972. That was the year the late British troubadour and cult favorite Nick Drake released his third and final album, Pink Moon. Initially, the album garnered a small amount of critical attention, but it was not until decades after Drake s death that it received widespread public and critical acclaim. Today, the sparse and unadorned tracks of Pink Moon are regarded by many fans and music critics as the greatest efforts of a tragically short career. Drake s was an art filled with melancholy, a feeling and a concept that unites him with the singer- songwriters of the Elizabethan age. Adapting Drake s melodic guitar lines for Renaissance instruments, Frederiksen sheds new light on these finely crafted songs that speak directly and powerfully to the human condition and offers a fitting tribute to a modern-day Thomas Campion.


A stunning Elizabethan tribute to Nick Drake. Joel Frederiksen is joined by the Ensemble Phoenix Munich to pay more than fitting tribute to the late British troubadour Nick Drake. The initial buzz of Drake's work was good but nothing overwhelming. Some thirty nine years later we have a release receiving world wide acclaim and justifiably so. Hearing these baroque pieces, with Gregorian texts next to Road or Which Will is a testament to the brilliance of Frederiksen, few true artists would have dared to take such an incredible roll of the musical dice and wind up with results that border on stunning. --Critical Jazz

I seriously doubt that I will hear another recording this year which will come close to matching the power and grace Requiem for a Pink Moon. If there is such a thing as a flawless album, this Requiem is certainly it. --Seattle Post Intellilgencer

Captivating and sincere, Frederiksen never strays near to pastiche or kitsch: this is an exhilarating re-imagination in a period adaptation of uncanny aptness. Not to be missed. --La Scena Musicale

1. Road
2. Requeim aeternam
3. Pink Moon
4. Horn
5. His golden locks, verses 1 & 2 (Dowland)
6. Place to be
7. His golden locks, verse 3 (Dowland)
8. Wand'ring in this place (Cavendish)
9. Which will
10. Rest awhile, you cruel cares (Dowland)
11. Rider on the wheel
12. Time stands still (Dowland)
13. Time has told me
14. Ocean (Joel Frederiksen)
15. Hanging on a star
16. Never weather-beaten sail (Campion)
17. Horn (reprise in F)
18. Requiem in F (Horn)
19. Voice from the mountain
20. Northern sky
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Product Details

  • Performer: Joel Frederiksen
  • Orchestra: Ensemble Phoenix Munich
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Nick Drake, John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Michael Cavendish
  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B006OW80UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on August 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Musical mashups are the new thing but, as with many new things, it's not new at all. A mashup is a meshing, or a blending two or more songs, often in different genre or styles of music, to produce or transform them into a third, distinct musical offering. An example would be The Beatles music arranged and performed by a classical orchestra or a hard rock tune done by a rap artists ala Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" covered by rappers Run-D.M.C.

So, when Joel Frederiksen, an operatic bass singer, decides to cover Nick Drake, an English folk singer songwriter the concept is not new. Even when you throw in the final ingredients of Renaissance instruments and interspersing portions of the Gregorian Mass. But when the final product - no, I can't call it that. It's not a product anymore than the Mona Lisa is a picture. The final art work, the final masterpiece if you will is this awe inspiring, this powerful then the result is more than it's concept could have hoped for. No wonder that Ariama said, "Every once in awhile there's a perfect confluence of concept, repertoire and performance in the recording studio, and a kind of miracle occurs..." And that is what this album delivers. A kind of musical miracle that produces a power and grace that is at once stunning and fills the listener with a calm and a reverence that is captivating.

Nick Drake "Pink Moon"Nick Drake was a man out of time. In many ways he was an enigma, a lost romantic who wore his heart on his sleeve, but at the same time he was cool. Cool in the way the beat poets were cool. Cool in a way that Bob Dylan was cool when he came out of Greenwich Village with a six string and a harmonica. Drake never enjoyed the accolades from adoring fans during his too short life time.
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On Joel Frederiksen's Requiem for a Pink Moon, an Elizabethan Tribute to Nick Drake, selections from a 20th century English songsmith's sadly truncated canon of music are set alongside that of forebears some 300 years his elder. Pink Moon, Drake's final and most famous recording, clocks in at under a half hour, yet its realm of influence includes musicians from Robert Smith to Lou Barlow to Mikael Åkerfeldt, and even to the likes of Frederiksen, a bass singer and lutenist who has made a career expertly performing Elizabethan and early baroque music. And while the purest of Drake fans may find themselves irked by how his music sounds in the hands of classically trained period musicians (fans of period music may feel similarly about uncharacteristic 20th century British-folk elements) the record's beauty lays in the way the songs of each party are left to sit and gaze at one another, elucidating music that seemingly has no business being in the same lineup.

Frederiksen and pretty much anyone else who has come to love Drake's music did so past the point in which they could hope for any more of it, Drake dying in 1974 at just 26, his fame achieved years later. Michael Cavendish, Thomas Campion, and John Dowland are three British singer-songwriters who have been dead for a lot longer, yet the Elizabethan melancholy offers a direct link between their music and that of Drake, who himself could not have fully expected the sweet sadness that would take precedence in the music he would leave behind.

On Requiem for a Pink Moon, the conceptual dialogue between Drake and his more antique counterparts is connected to that sense of melancholy as well as Frederiksen's convincing case that pieces of music, despite a large contextual and chronological breach, can inform one another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RDubya73 on October 30, 2013
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As a Nick Drake fan, I was intrigued when I read a brief album review and subsequent recommend in Stereophile of this reinterpretation of his works in an Elizabethan form. I am by no means a studied critic of classical or operatic musical styles. We've all been witness to genre mishmashing over the years, most of these sending us cringing and running for the hills (remember evanescence and korn?). Before Adele tries her hand at reggae or Daft Punk goes country, keep in mind this is not one of those possible train wreck examples.

That said, a few key tracks grabbed me right away, immediately identifiable as familiar Drake melancholy but expressed and perhaps reinterpreted in an entirely new (or old) and different way. Apparently his pain and sadness is not relegated to the 70's, but also believably resonates in a format and style that is centuries old. Now that I've heard the album a few times, I absolutely love it. Frederiksen has this haunting voice that sticks with you, and I find myself hitting replay often as I'm constantly amazed that songs so familiar can sound so completely different and altogether new. High quality stuff, a courageous undertaking that clearly was not half conceived and then recklessly executed, quite the opposite, its clear that a very high regard for Drake material was an emotional and spiritual compulsion behind this effort of the singer and the ensemble. The recording quality is also excellent. The emotion and scale of various tracks are most definitely best served on a hifi stereo system (as is usually the case), you'd be doing this material a grave injustice listening on computer/desktop speakers. I'm going to suggest this isnt for everyone, and is polarizing. But if youre a Nick Drake fan and like to try new things, you could be in for something very special.
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