The Art of Heinrich Scheidemann | Accent ACC24302

The Art of Heinrich Scheidemann


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Label: Accent

Cat No: ACC24302

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th April 2016



Heinrich Scheidemann (1596-1663), student and follower of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, was organist at St. Catherineís Church in Hamburg from 1629 until his death. Mere traces of his music have survived in manuscript form that were transcribed from performances. A reason for Scheidemannís oeuvre being nearly forgotten may be the high technical standard required for the execution of his music. Due to his talent for improvisation, Scheidemann wrote very virtuosic compositions emerging from various musical works in which seriousness and exuberance play side by side. The improviserís demeanour can be felt in every note of these compositions.

For contemporary musicians dealing with early music, a composition merely represented a framework upon which the musicians could improvise. In order to appreciate Scheidemannís masterpieces of diminution and improvisation, William Dongois and Le Concert Brisť presents a programme with adaptations of his works on the present CD. The arrangement became a rewriting but one in which the basic form and intention of the original was never discarded.

Le Concert Brisť:
- William Dongois (cornets)
- Alice Julien-LaferriŤre (violin)
- Odile Bernard (recorder)
- Jean-Christophe Leclere (organ)

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