Treasury Of A Saint

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917216127
Catnr: CC 72161
Release date: 09 May 2006
1 CD
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€ 12.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72161
Release date
09 May 2006

About the album

On this CD “Treasury of a Saint”, The Caecilia-Concert presents a varied selection of pieces composed during the 17th century in different styles, originating from different countries, and arising from different currents in Christianity. what these pieces have in common is their instrumentation. As a result of the unique make up of The Caecilia-Concert, we are able to play them on the instruments on which they may have been played in the 17th century and often were.

These compositions can be roughly categorized into three genres that existed alongside each other: vocal polyphony, diminutions based on vocal music, and instrumental music. The three wind instruments: cornetto, trom- bone, and dulcian, alongside the organ, were often used in the 16th century as additional support or as replacements for voices in vocal polyphonic music. Included on this CD are a few vocal works performed instrumentally. [7, 17, 18]

As the 16th century progressed, the orna- mentation used by the instrumentalist to decorate this vocal music became increas- ingly more extravagant and virtuosic. Out of this arose the development of a new genre towards the close of the century: the dimi- nution. players took an existing madrigal by a composer, such as palestrina for example, selected one voice that was then to be orna- mented, and performed the decorated voice with a continuo instrument such as an organ, lute, or harpsichord. These dominant voices were frequently written out. The result was one composition at the hand of two compos- ers: the composer of the madrigal and the composer of the diminution. [12, 15]

The third genre, instrumental music, is con- nected in degrees of importance to the rise of opera, and therefore to the development of monody and the use of a basso continuo instrument as accompaniment for one or more solo instruments. This led in the 17th
century to an explosion of compositions for instruments that previously were used for the accompaniment of singers. The compos- ers were quite often players and the players frequently composers. As a result, they knew better than anyone else the technical pos- sibilities and limitations of their respective instruments. The harpsichord proved itself to be an ideal continuo instrument but rapidly developed into a sought- after vehicle for solo repertoire.
Beeldschone 17e-eeuwse muziek, uitgevoerd door internationale specialisten
Op het album Treasury of a Saint speelt het Caecilia Concert gevarieerde vocale en instrumentale muziek uit de 17e eeuw. De composities met diverse muziekstijlen, afkomstig uit allerlei landen en voortkomend uit verschillende christelijke stromingen hebben één ding gemeen: de muziek is afgestemd op de instrumenten. Door hun unieke samenstelling kan het Caecilia Concert de composities uitvoeren met de instrumenten die waarschijnlijk ook in de 17e eeuw werden gebruikt. Het ensemble laat het klinken alsof we terug in die tijd zijn.

Enkele vocale werken op dit album zijn instrumentaal uitgevoerd, in de 16e eeuw niet ongebruikelijk. In die periode werden de trombone, kornet, dulciaan (voorloper van de fagot) en het orgel vaak gebruikt om de zangstemmen te ondersteunen of te vervangen.

Het Caecilia Concert is een veelzijdig internationaal ensemble, gespecialiseerd in uitvoering en onderzoek van instrumentale en vocale muziek uit de 17e eeuw. Het ensemble werd opgericht in 2001. Het is een kleine vaste kern, die oude instrumenten bespeelt: Adam Woolf (trombone), Wouter Verschuren (fagot) en Kathryn Cok (toetsinstrumenten). Deze kleine groep wordt regelmatig uitgebreid met zangers en instrumentalisten die aan de top staan in de wereld van de oude muziek. Ze kunnen zo experimenteren met ongebruikelijke samenstellingen en muziek maken die normaal weinig aan bod komt.


The Caecilia Concert is a versatile international ensemble specialising in performance and research of music published throughout Europe during the first half of the 16th and 17th centuries, a period which was responsible for the birth of the instrumental chamber-music genre. Its unique core of early trombone, bassoon and keyboards, has continued to charm audiences all over Europe for more than ten years. As well as small-scale recitals featuring the core players, the ensemble is frequently joined by leading string and wind players from the very top of today’s early music scene.

Formed in 2001, the Caecilia-Concert has given recitals in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Austria and the UK, as well as broadcasts on several major radio stations. In 2006 the group launched its debut CD entitled 'Treasury of a Saint' which received critical acclaim, and 2007 saw the release of 'Buxtehude & Co' which features rarely performed masterpieces from 17th century Germany. 2009 saw the launch of 'Schmelzer & Co', featuring music from the Imperial Habsburg courts.

In 2011, the Caecilia-Concert hosted the first 'Fiori Musicali' Summer Academy for 16th & 17th century music, in association with the Utrecht Early Music Festival and Conservatoires of Utrecht and The Hague. An annual event, this Summer Academy provides top level chamber music and individual tuition given by an international team of leading players and teachers. The individual members of the Caecilia-Concert are all proactive teachers at European conservatoires as well as freelance performers with leading ensembles and period instrument orchestras worldwide.


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