Started by Mandryka, July 17, 2016, 11:47:11 PM
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Quote from: XB-70 Valkyrie on July 19, 2016, 11:11:45 AM I do not think I have anything of this composer.
Quote from: Que on October 14, 2007, 01:05:55 AM[asin]B000055WN8[/asin]Another set with harpsichord music by Johann Jakob Froberger, whose first rate harpsichord music seems to be as enigmatic and elusive as F. Couperin's. First volume (2 CD's) by Dutch harpsichordist Bob van Asperen in what will be a complete keyboard music series on the small German label Aeolus.The recording is absolutely wonderful (the founders of the label are sound engineers): my ideal harpsichord recording - not to bright and up-close, but not too "spacious" or reverberant either. Very natural and clear. Van Asperen plays a Ruckers harpsichord from 1640 with a firm and deep tone.As of the interpretation. I have still very little to go on as means of comparison, owning just the superb Baiano disc on Symphonia (see earlier post) to date. And as I said, Froberger's music is elusive and I haven't settled on a "ideal Froberger" in my mind, if ever. Though this recording is another step forward in that process. Van Asperen does not take the intellectually probing approach of Baiano, his style is ....more leisurely, genial, benign, playful at times. Van Asperen lets things unfold with emphasis on the careful development of phrases and the blending of the sound. And it is that transparant sound picture and the seemingly uncomplicated way the music develops, that are the key attractions of his playing. Very good indeed, though at some instances I wished for more "grip" and more extrovert "brilliance". I think I will continue this series and try some other interpretations at the same time.Heartily recommended.Q
Quote from: Que on January 20, 2008, 01:35:28 AM.[asin]B00005Y4DC[/asin]Part two of Bob van Asperen's Froberger Edition on the small German label Aeolus. (See my comments on the first volume HERE.)I'm very glad I went through with this and got the second volume, because reservations I had before - the occasional diminished "structural grip" and moments the music felt "static" without sufficient forward thrust, have entirely dissapated with this volume. And all the positives remain: Van Asperen is a master in letting the music enfold naturally, and in evoking a lush and exotic sound picture. Again brilliantly recorded, but this time another harpsichord is used: a Couchet-Blanchet-Taskin. A Flemish built/French adapted harpsichord, whith a sound that is slighly softer edged and less bright than the Ruckers in the first volume, but which sounds as rich.A short note on the music: the more I hear of it, the more I'm fascinated by Froberger's enigmatic and "fantastical" music. But an acquired taste, I'm sure. Q
Quote from: Que on August 17, 2009, 07:11:00 AM.[asin]B00009AHKL[/asin]Reaffirming my recommendation for this Froberger series by Bob van Asperen after listening to the 3rd installment. Performances are beyond reproach IMO: clarity and equilibrity, combined with sufficient impetus and playfulness - wonderful! Van Asperen plays a lush and transparent sounding anonymous French harpsichord from c.1700. In the three volumes that I've acquired so far, this series goes from strength to strength - more information in the posts above. And my favourable impression of Froberger's music - continues to be strengthened as well. Q
Quote from: Mandryka on July 20, 2016, 10:34:53 AMThe concept behind this CD from Bob van Asperen is to alternate the sunny canzoni with the darker toccatas and Fantasias.The organ in San Martini, Bologna is, according to Aeolus's website, tuned meantone, but is it really tuned 1/4 comma? I don't have the confidence to say, but it feels wrong. In Asperen's hands it sounds as rich as a piece of Yorkshire Parkin. That's a lot of ginger cake. I'm afraid to say I don't think that he's a good enough organist to pull it off. It lacks . . . life. Dry parkin.
Quote from: Que on April 02, 2010, 11:31:29 PM.[asin]B000BTQGXU[/asin]As Premont commented before, this is an excellent disc. Coming from Froberger's works for harpsichord (see the German Baroque thread) that are very much oriented on the French tradition, this is somewhat of a surprise since this seems to me quite focused on Italian organ music by Frescobaldi et al. Pretty elusive and somewhat austere stuff too, basically a large collection of exercises in counterpoint. Playing by Van Asperen is pretty straight, unfussy. It is on the conservative side but not as much as his teacher Leonhardt. What makes it a success is the flexibility and subtle phrasing, bold at some times, almost transcendental at others. And the warm, intimate, characterful and transparent sound of the organ of the Basilica S.Martini in Bologna, built in 1556 by Giovanni Cipri. Recording by the German label Aeolus, that specialises in organ music, is exemplary. A rewarding disc for advanced organ listeners.Q
Quote from: Que on July 23, 2016, 12:34:46 AMMy own (first) impressions:I believe you wanted to know what was mentioned in the booklet about the choice of the organ... Firstly you had some doubts on the tuning.... The booklet states mean-tone tuning at a' = 435 Hz.Although the notes provide ample background information on the organ, it does not offer an explanation why this particular organ was chosen.However, the strong influence of Froberger's teacher Girolamo Frescobaldi in these works is emphasised.Q
Quote from: Mandryka on July 23, 2016, 05:14:02 AMCheers q. I like Asperen when he's playing harpsichord, I hope I will get the hang of his organ style one day.
Quote from: Que on July 23, 2016, 11:24:16 PMBut they are not "da bomb" as harpsichord are.... In a way they remind me of how Van Asperen used to sound on the harpsichord: studious, on the conservative side.
Quote from: Que on July 23, 2016, 11:24:16 PM I can imagine other players to infuse some more life into it. Andre Marcon comes to mind (he did a miscellaneous recital that includes some Froberger on DIVOX), also expert in the Southern Germanic organ School, Joseph Kelemen. To my surprise he did an entire Froberger disc on Arte Nova that I need to track down... Another candidate might be Stefano Molardi.Q
Quote I'm recording the complete works for harpsichord and organ of Johann Jakob Froberger for the dutch label Brilliant Classics (production by OnClassical). For this project I have chosen to use two important italian historical organs, where I'm proud to be titular organist: the organ by Domenico Di Lorenzo da Lucca (1509-1521) in the church of Santissima Annunziata and the instrument by Onofrio Zeffirini da Cortona (1558) in the church of Badia Fiorentina, both in the historical centre of Florence (IT).
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