Gamut Music is pleased to offer Edward Martin's recording of the complete canon of surviving Dutch lute music.
This is a performance of the works of Johannes Fresneau, whom Dutch Scholar Jan Burgers recently discovered. Although the iconographic sources of paintings of lutes in 17th Century Netherlands are widespread, there have been no surviving Dutch baroque lute music examples. Therefore, this music represents not just a new composer, but a new genre — Dutch baroque lute music. Both sublime and beautiful, this music is of high quality and unique. The pieces run the gamut of thoughtful preludes, danceable gigues, relaxing chaconnes, lively folk tunes, with a heart-wrenching Tombeau for good measure; basically everything that you would want to hear on a baroque lute.
Les Larmes of Johannes Fresneau:
Pieces in A Major Tracks 1-8
Prelude — Allemande — Courante — Courante — Sarabande — Le Tombeau de Fresneau (f minor) — Chaconne — Gigue
Suite in d minor 9-13
Prelude — Allemande — Courante — Sarabande — Gavotte (Gigue d’Angleterre)
Pieces in f minor 14-19
Prelude — Les Larmes de Fresneau — Allemande — Courante — Sarabande — Gigue
Suite in B Major 20-23
Prelude — La Complainte pour L’Adieu de Monsieur Pollcenis — Courante — Sarabande
Pieces in F Major 24-26
Allemande — La Fronde — La Moutarde Nouvelle (Le Cordon Bleu)
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I feel myself basking. Not the basking relaxant so many attend to lute, but the invigorating, profound, ears under the lake feeling. Distance is treated with meter here. Martin's ornamentation is sylph like. Phrasing passing through years becomes so sensual. So Martin spent three years with this music. You know, the lake feeling is more to do with negative capability. Or Coleridge's cave. It is a seduction from other continents. A lute at its peak, taking the world with an ideal of small audience in dark candle lit rooms. Fresneau and Martin sing in an intimacy fluent and boundless. thank you, b