Melancholy Grace: Renaissance & Baroque Keyboard Music | Erato 9029500899

Melancholy Grace: Renaissance & Baroque Keyboard Music

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029500899

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 7th May 2021

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Melancholy Grace is a poetic collection of keyboard music from the 16th and 17th centuries by composers from Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany, including Frescobaldi, Luigi Rossi, Picchi, Luzzaschi, Sweelinck, Dowland, Bull and Gibbons.

The French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau has conceived the album as a sombre, but eloquent dialogue between two contrasting voices: melancholy conveyed through chromaticism and melancholy conveyed through the musical expression of tears and weeping. Each voice finds expression through a different instrument: a 16th-century Italian virginal (a compact harpsichord) for the ‘tears’ and a modern replica of an 18th-century harpsichord for the ‘chromatic’ pieces.

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