MUSIC FROM THE ERA OF PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
Music from the time of ?Pieter Bruegel the Elder
CD1. Biblical Themes
Philippus De Monte, Orlandus Lassus, Adriaan Willaert, ?Jacobus Clemens Non Papa A.O.
CD2. Music from the Royal Courts
Nicolas Gombert, Thomas Crecquillon, Josquin Des Prez, ?Luys De Narváez, Philippe Rogier A.O.
CD3. Death and Transience
Cornelius Canis, Philippus De Monte, Pierre De Manchicourt, ?Giaches De Wert, Cipriano De Rore A.O.
CD4. Ode to Love and Celebration
Nicolas Gombert, Pierre Moulu, Jean De Castro, ?Orlandus Lassus, Andreas Pévernage A.O.
CD5. The Virtue of Vice
Ivo De Vento, Arnold Von Bruck, Heinrich Isaac, ?Gheerkin De Hondt, Johannes Lupi A.O.
CD6. Religious Confrontation in the Low Countries Caspar Othmayrk, Johannes Eccard, Balduin Hoyoul, ?Pascal De L’estocart, Guillaume Châtillon De La Tour A.O.
CD7. Dances and Songs
Pierre Phalèse, Tielman Susato, Jheronimus Vinders, ?Alexander Agricola, Ludovicus Episcopius A.O.
The rich palette of colours and the overwhelming formal complexity of Bruegel’s works in their many facets is inimitably reflected in the polyphonic music of the 16th century. The interweaving of independent melodic lines is the distinguishing mark of the polyphonic style, in which each voice glories in its own individuality and is simultaneously integrated into a tightly constructed and coherent whole: the same is true for every figure, construction or element of nature in a Bruegel painting or drawing. Renaissance polyphony and Bruegel’s art share a unique expressivity that leaves no beholder or listener unmoved. Out of the inexhaustible body of polyphonic compositions, generally if not exclusively by composers from the Low Countries, we have selected one hundred and twenty-five works that, spread over seven CDs, which provide a cross-section of music from the time of Bruegel. Our choice of works was determined not only by the themes treated in Bruegel’s paintings but also by the social, political and religious spirit of the times; this would also have influenced Bruegel deeply both as an individual and as an artist.
Brisk Recorder Quartet
Capella Sancti Michaelis
Egidius Kwartet & College
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Ratas del viejo Mundo
Katelijne Van Laethem
Paul van den Bemt