Previously issued as: Attacca Babel 9682/83
Performers: Frans Brüggen (recorders), Walter van Hauwe (recorders), Kees Boeke (recorders, viol), Toyohiko Satoh (lute), Isabel Álvarez (mezzo-soprano - tracks CD1#10, CD2#5,11)
Playing time: 115'
Recording dates: June 1993 (Arezzo, Italy) & July 1994 (Netherlands); original issue: 1996; reissue on Glossa: late 1997
 Valley Entertainment VLEC 15 024 The best of Millenium of Music -Behold and See
This is a lavish production, featuring interesting philosophical speculations and intriguing historical quotes. The primary ensemble used is three recorders, and in many cases the transcription is a free one, beginning immediately with the opening fade into Machaut's famous palindrome rondeau. The approach to pitch is also innovative at times.
This is a thought-provoking release. It is a very strongly nuanced example of the sort of interpretation which can be achieved from individual sources. With what is in some ways a very straight-forward arrangement of the music, many personal ideas shine forth.
The present CD specifically directs the reader to its web page (see purchase information), which goes so far to state that it remains a continuing project and will be updated regularly! An interesting idea.
A solo recording by Kees Boeke:
Related programs featuring recorder:
Another "radical" program featuring Ars Subtilior music, this time on saxophones:
Finally, an older recording featuring the present ensemble:
There are historical photos on the web page referenced above.
To purchasing information for this disc.
To FAQ references to this recording.
To FAQ CD index page.Todd M. McComb