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Chamber Music - EIKE, B. / HOLBORNE, A. / DOWLAND, J. / BIBER, H.I.F. von / BUXTEHUDE, D. (The Image of Melancholy) (Eike)

Chamber Music - EIKE, B. / HOLBORNE, A. / DOWLAND, J. / BIBER, H.I.F. von / BUXTEHUDE, D. (The Image of Melancholy) (Eike)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2014

Artists:

Bjarte Eike

Conductor

Bjarte Eike

Conductor

Milos Valent

Soloist

Berit Norbakken Solset

Soloist

Barokksolistene

Chamber

Venue:

Selbu Church, Selbu, Norway

Venue

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 64:16
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Chamber Music - EIKE, B. / HOLBORNE, A. / DOWLAND, J. / BIBER, H.I.F. von / BUXTEHUDE, D. (The Image of Melancholy) (Eike)

     
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BJARTE EIKE

1 

Savn (A tune for Signe)

02:59
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

ANTONY HOLBORNE

2 

Image of Melancholy

02:58
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

3 

Book of Songs, Book 2: Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears

02:58
 Berit Norbakken Solset Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

TRADITIONAL

4 

Bjornsons bruremarsj (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)

02:46
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

ANTONY HOLBORNE

5 

Wanton

01:08
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

TRADITIONAL

6 

Gjendines badnlat (arr. J. Balke and B. Eike for voice and chamber ensemble)

04:25
 Berit Norbakken Solset Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER

7 

Mystery (Rosary) Sonata No. 9, "Jesus Carries the Cross"*

02:43
 Milos Valent Soloist
     
 

DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE

8 

Fried- und Freudenreiche Hinfahrt, BuxWV 76

03:46
 Berit Norbakken Solset Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

ANTONY HOLBORNE

9 

Muy linda

02:06
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

TRADITIONAL

10 

Joj Mati (Oh, mother, dear mother) (arr. for M. Valent for voice and chamber ensemble)

03:00
 Milos Valent Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
11 

Evertsbergs gamla brudmarsch (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)

01:39
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
12 

Bansull (arr. J. Balke and B. Eike for voice and chamber ensemble)

02:53
 Berit Norbakken Solset Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

ANTONY HOLBORNE

13 

Last Will and Testament

05:25
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

RUAIDRI DALL O CATHAIN

14 

Tabhair dom do lamh (Give me your hand) (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)

05:25
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

15 

Book of Songs, Book 2: Flow, my tears, fall from your springs

04:24
 Berit Norbakken Solset Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

JON BALKE

16 

Introducing Susanne

01:51
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

JOHANN SOMMER

17 

Devising Susanne (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)

02:46
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

JOHN DOWLAND

18 

Suzanna Galliard, P. 91

01:11
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

WILLIAM BYRD

19 

Ye sacred muses

04:18
 Berit Norbakken Solset Soloist
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 

NIEL GOW

20 

Niel Gow's Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife (arr. B. Eike for chamber ensemble)

05:35
 Bjarte Eike Conductor
     
 Bjarte Eike Conductor


Conceived by the baroque violinist Bjarte Eike for his period band Barokksolistene, this programme is his very personal ‘image of melancholy’. As he writes in his liner notes, ‘for me, melancholy is not only synonymous with sadness and despair, it is a state also harbouring reflection, meditation and relief.’ The connection between music and melancholy is far from new – at least since the time of the ancient Greeks, and probably long before them, there has been a belief that music has the power to influence our mood, to alleviate sadness or melancholy – or to induce it. Melancholy has at various times been the height of fashion – think of John Dowland, whose motto was: ‘Semper Dowland, semper dolens’ (‘always Dowland, always mourning’). Dowland is of course included here, as is his near-contemporary Anthony Holborne – but there are also a number of later pieces, as well as folk music from Eike’s native Norway and elsewhere. This music, writes Eike, ‘does not belong to any particular style, nationality or period in time; it’s rather a string of tunes that have all had a personal significance to me, and that together form a musical matrimony between a Nordic melancholy, the rich sounds of the Elizabethan consort and a modern approach to music-making.’ Joined by the soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and by the jazz pianist Jon Balke, Eike and his ensemble have created an intensely atmospheric and highly suggestive disc, which richly lives up to its motto – a quote by Victor Hugo: ‘Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.

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