Ewald Demeyere

Tears - Harpsichord Laments of the 17th-Century

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917261721
Catnr: CC 72617
Release date: 18 September 2013
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72617
Release date
18 September 2013

"(...) very thoughtful performances with lots of nuance."

Early Music Review, 01-6-2014

About the album

Amongst the seventeenth-century harpsichord repertoire, the genre of pieces referring to a loss, whether or not the death of a person, takes a special place, and forms the leitmotif of this disc. These introspective pieces, actually being meditations or contemplations, achieve in a uniquely profound way an almost spiritual level. This recording by harpsichordist Ewald Demeyere includes, amongst others, settings of Dowland’s famous Lachrymae by Byrd and the rather unknown Melchior Schildt, a student of Sweelinck.

Een fascinerende reis door een eeuw aan klavecimbelmuziek
Op dit album staan melancholische klavecimbelstukken uit de 17e eeuw die worden gespeeld door Ewald Demeyere. Het zijn rustige werken die meditatief en beschouwend zijn. Een zeer interessant repertoire dat de moeite waard is om verkend te worden.

Deze opname bevat muziek van de componisten Byrd, Froberger, Tomkins, Couperin en Schildt. De werken gaan over verlies, van een persoon of van iets anders, en zijn zeer diepgaand, bijna tot aan het spirituele toe. Het zijn instrumentale rouwodes die zeer expressief zijn. Een fascinerende reis door meer dan een eeuw aan prachtige klavecimbelmuziek.

Stücke, die den Verlust einer Person oder Sache zu beklagen haben, nehmen in der Cembalomusik des 17. Jahrhunderts eine bedeutende Rolle ein. Dieses Trauer-Motiv steht über der Einspielung des niederländischen Cembalisten Ewald Demeyere, der neben zwei Bearbeitungen eines Lachrimae von Dowland auch ein Werk des unbekannten Komponisten Melchior Schildt spielt, einem Sweelinck-Schüler. Instrumentale Traueroden: meditativ, besinnlich und ausdrucksstark.
Nella produzione clavicembalistica seicentesca, il genere dei brani che evocano una perdita, sia essa o meno la morte di una persona, occupa una posizione particolare e rappresenta il motivo conduttore di questo disco. Questi brani introspettivi, da considerarsi alla stregua di meditazioni o contemplazioni, raggiungono con una straordinaria profondità un livello quasi spirituale.
Il programma del clavicembalista Ewald Demeyere comprende, tra gli altri, l’arrangiamento di Byrd delle celebri Lachrymae di Dowland, e una Paduana Lagrima del misconosciuto Melchior Schildt, un allievo di Sweelinck.


Ewald Demeyere studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen, where, besides winning first prizes in solfège, written and practical harmony, counterpoint and fugue, he obtained his master's degree for harpsichord in Jos van Immerseel's class.

On completion of his studies in 1997, he was engaged as a teacher of harmony, counterpoint and fugue by the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium Antwerpen. In 2002 he succeeded Jos van Immerseel as Professor of Harpsichord, and teaches harpsichord there on the instruments in the famous collection of the Vleeshuis Museum.

As a player of chamber music he has worked with, among others, Barthold, Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken, and with Paul Dombrecht.

For many years he has been a member of La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken) and Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht).

In July 2004 he was Guest of Honour at the Festival of Flanders Musica Antiqua in Bruges.

Ewald Demeyere has taken part in many recordings for radio and television. Among his CD recordings, for the ACCENT label, are Eight Keyboard Sonatas by Thomas Augustine Arne, Sonatas & Fugues by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach (with Barthold Kuijken), Johann Sebastian Bach – The Young Virtuoso, the complete sonatas for flute and basso continuo by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (with Barthold Kuijken), Pièces de Clavecin by Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and Flute Sonatas by the Bach Sons (with Barthold Kuijken).

In 2007 he founded the Baroque orchestra Bach Concentus, which has already appeared in Belgium, Italy and Spain. Bach Concentus realized until now two CD recordings, both for ACCENT. In March 2008 a first double CD appeared with overtures by Johann Bernhard Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann. In January 2010 a new CD by Bach Concentus was released, entitled La Bouffonne, with vocal and orchestral works by Georg Philipp Telemann inspired by the commedia dell’arte (with Dorothee Mields, soprano). In the spring of 2012 a recording will appear, again for ACCENT, with symphonies of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Apart from his work as a harpsichordist and conductor, Ewald Demeyere is active in the field of musical theory. He is principally interested in the influence of the theories from the Baroque era on instrumental practice, and in particular on the interpretation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

He has published two articles in the Dutch Journal of Music Theory (Amsterdam University Press): Ebenezer Prout: Bach as a model for the teaching of fugue (2003) en The Art of Fugue: exemplary or experimental? (2005).

In 2007 he wrote the articles La fugue partimento : exercice ou composition ? for the book Les Écritures Musicales (Éditions Mardaga, 2007) and On BWV 1080/8: Between Theory and Practice (Eighteenth-Century Music, 2007).

In 2009 he obtained a PhD at the University of Antwerp and the Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen (Associatiefaculteit Kunsten), when he presented his thesis A Contextual, Text-Critical Analysis of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of Fugue – Reflections on Performance Practice and Text-Critical Analysis, and the interaction between them.


(...) very thoughtful performances with lots of nuance.
Early Music Review, 01-6-2014

(...) this is a fascinatingly fine programme, eruditely chosen and fervently prtrayed.
Gramophone, 01-5-2014

This release, with its startlingly vivid ‘demonstration’ recorded sound and admirably executed concept, is something towards which lovers of well-played harpsichord and early keyboard music can gravitate with confidence.
MusicWeb-international, 15-1-2014

"Play this disc and the busy world recedes, giving way to the music's measured expression which slows the heartbeat and takes over the mind. Highly recommended. Listening to this carefully selected and lovingly recreated music."
ww.sa-cd.net, 03-1-2014

This release, with its startlingly vivid demonstration recorded sound and admirably executed concept, is something towards which lovers of well-played harpsichord and early keyboard music can gravitate with confidence.
Music Web International, 01-1-2014

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