Camerata Trajectina: Saskia Coolen - Recorder & Viola da
Gamba; Erik Beijer - Viola da Gamba; Louis Peter Grijp - Theorbo
Kees Schul - Organ; Mieneke van der Velden, Johannes Boer, Herman Hicketier, Susanne Braumann - Viola da Gamba;
Suze van Grootel, Barbara Borden - Soprano; Stratton Bull - Altus; Nico van der Meel - Tenor; Marcel Moester - Bass.
Recorded: Utrecht, October 1996 and January 1997
Texts and notes in Dutch and English
The Dutch Madrigal was a fleeting phenomenon, enjoying a brief prosperity during the 1640s, long after its heyday in many other places. Judging by the fragmentary state of many of the remaining works, it never attained popularity with the public at large. Consequently a number of reconstructions was necessary to allow the items on this CD to be performed. The composers represented were some of the few of the period interested in setting Dutch poetry, most composers (including Sweelinck) preferring French and Italian.
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