Scheidt: Ludi Musici

Samuel Scheidt: Ludi Musici (Prima Pars)
Paduana, galliarda, couranta, alemande, intrada, canzonetto ...
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall, dir.
His Master's Voice / Electrola (EMI) "Reflexe" 1C 065 30 943 Q [LP, quad.]
EMI "Reflexe" CDM 7 63067 2 [CD]


    Samuel Scheidt: Ludi Musici (Prima Pars)

  1. Intrada (XXII) a 5
  2. Paduan (V) a 4
  3. Galliard (XXIV) a 5
  4. Courant (XVII) a 4
  5. Paduan (VI) a 4
  6. Galliard Battaglia (XXI) a 5
  7. Alamande (XVI) a 4
  8. Canzon ad imitationem Bergamasca Anglica (XXVI) a 5

  9. ----
  10. Canzon super "O Nachbar Roland" (XXVIII) a 5
  11. Courant (XI) a 4
  12. Courant (XIII) a 4
  13. Canzon Cornetto (XVIII) a 4
  14. Paduan (III) a 4
  15. Galliard (XXV) a 5
  16. Courant (XVII) a 4
  17. Canzon super "Cantionem gallicam" (XXIX) a 5

Playing time: 57' 03"

Hespèrion XX:
Jordi Savall (treble viola da gamba), Christophe Coin (treble viola da gamba, alto viola da gamba), Sergi Casademunt(bass viola da gamba), Masako Hirao (bass viola da gamba), Ariane Maurette (tenor viola da gamba), Roberto Gini (bass viola da gamba), Pere Ross (violone), Bruce Dickey (cornett), Jean-Pierre Canihac (cornett), Jean-Pierre Mathieu (alto trombone, tenor trombone), Charles Toet (tenor trombone), Richard Lister (bass trombone), Jeanette von Wingerden (soprano recorder, alto recorder), Gabriel Garrido (soprano recorder), Lorenzo Alpert (soprano recorder), Hopkinson Smith (lute, guitar, theorbo), Colin Tilney (harpsichord, organ)
Jordi Savall, dir.

Recording site and date:
Kirche, Séon, Switzerland [02/1978];
Rel.: 1978 [LP], 1989 [CD]

EMI "Reflexe" 7243 8 26508 2 [CDx6] REFLEXE Vol. VII Stationen Europäischer Musik
Virgin "Veritas x2" 7243 5 62028 2 5 [CDx2] A Musical Banquet - Schein · Scheidt · Gabrieli.
Virgin "Classics" 7243 4 82025 2 9 [CDx5] Jordi Savall - Music in Europe 1550-1650 - Cabezón · Gabrieli · Guami · Schein · Scheidt · Songs and Dances from the time of Cervantes

Information from LP and CD (Virgin 7243 5 62028 2 5)

Pierre-F. Roberge

The numbering above is taken from the first edition of Ludi Musici (Hamburg, 1621).

Savall's newer recording of this music:

Scheidt: Ludi Musici
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 8559

And other ensembles:

Scheidt: Ludi Musicale 1, 2, 3, 4
Musica Fiata - Roland Wilson
CPO 777 013
Scheidt: Ludi Musicale
Les Sacqueboutiers
Ambroisie 9996

Scheidt was the first major German composer of consort music, although the English style he inherited through Sweelinck is clearly audible, mixed sometimes with Italian elements. He also worked directly with the English composer William Brade (1560-1630). A recording by the present ensemble:

Brade: Hamburger Ratsmusik um 1600
Intraden, Paduanen und Galliarden
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77168 (2 CDs)

Some other recordings from the era:

Deutsche Barock Kammermusik, Vol. V
Scheidt / Hentzchel / Posch / Nicolai / Kuhnel / Schenk / Funck
Ricercar Consort / Pierre Hantaï / Konrad Junghänel - Philippe Pierlot
Ricercar 098112
Deutsche Consortmusik
Suites & Variations by Scheidt, Reusner, Schein, Schop & Sweelinck
La Gamba Freiburg - Ekkehard Weber
Ars Musici 1096

Another significant composer in the style of Scheidt was Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630). A dedicated recording:

Schein: Banchetto Musicale
Accademia del Ricercare - Pietro Busca
Stradivarius Dulcimer 33403

And the recording by the present ensemble:

Schein: Banchetto musicale
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Virgin Edition 61399

Scheidt was also a major keyboard composer. A recording devoted to his organ music, leading to a listing of other keyboard recordings:

Scheidt: Organ Works from Tabulatura Nova (1624)
Wolfgang Stockmeier
CPO 999 105

Finally other recordings illustrating Scheidt, including some vocal music:

Scheidt: Prima Pars Concertuum Sacrorum
Ricercar Consort / La Fenice - Philippe Pierlot
Ricercar 206882
Scheidt: Concertus Sacri
Capella Fidicinia / Dresden Kreuzchor - Martin Flämig
Berlin Classics 9126

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Todd M. McComb