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Back Before Bach: Musical Journeys


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Back Before Bach, the latest Navona Records release from the Philadelphia-based ''Renaissance band'' Piffaro, is an exceptional compendium of sixteenth and early seventeenth century German and Franco-Flemish music. As the album's title suggests, the group of composers Piffaro features can be seen as the precedent for the luminaries of the German baroque era, specifically Johann Sebastian Bach. With Back before Bach simultaneously drawing from a wide variety of genres, yet also focusing on a geographically and temporarily limited group of composers, Piffaro succeeds wildly in presenting the musical foundation from which Bach and his contemporaries emerged. Piffaro specializes in historical performance, and they bring a multidimensional approach to the works on this album. First, Piffaro showcases at least a half dozen different types of Renaissance-era instruments on Back Before Bach, from shawms and dulcians to sackbuts, as well as recorders, krumhorns and bagpipes. Second, each set of pieces is arranged differently, sometimes homogenously but more often heterogeneously, featuring a mixture of the instruments described above. This flexible instrumentation is representative of consort-style performance, which defined instrumental music in the sixteenth century. This is one way Back Before Bach is a persuasive time capsule; the other lies in the album's programming, which illustrates many of the important trends in the era's sacred and secular music. Consider the album's dance pieces, for instance, especially Michael Praetorius' ''Volta.'' Piffaro's performance transports us to a noble court and through its driving rhythms and percussion accompaniment beckons us to dance. It is also particularly noteworthy that Piffaro includes a set of German popular songs on the album. Vernacular music from this period was rarely written down and, as a result, tends, unfairly to be lost to history. The inclusion of these popular tunes is a rare and special treat for those who listen to Back Before Bach and adds valuable detail to Piffaro's depiction of the musical world of sixteenth century Germany.
Facts
Item number NV6106
Barcode 896931004060
Release date 7/14/2017
Category Chamber Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Piffaro
Disc: 1
Christ ist erstanden [setting à 3, Glogauer Lieder00:01:00
1 Christ ist erstanden (Setting à 3) 00:01:07 Piffaro
Christ ist erstanden00:01:39
2 Christ ist erstanden (Setting à 4) 00:00:52 Piffaro
Christ ist erstanden00:01:00
3 Christ ist erstanden (Setting à 5) 00:01:28 Piffaro
Christ der ist erstanden (setting à 5)00:01:00
4 Christ ist erstanden (Setting à 5) 00:01:20 Piffaro
Christ Ist Erstanden, "Auf Bergreihenweis" (Settin00:01:00
5 Christ ist erstanden "Auf Bergreihenweis" (Setting 00:01:26 Piffaro
Christ ist erstanden, "Ad aequales" (setting à 4)00:01:00
6 Christ ist erstanden "Ad aequales" (Setting à 4) 00:01:22 Piffaro
Christ ist erstanden à 400:01:00
7 Christ ist erstanden (Chorale à 4) 00:01:27 Piffaro
Christ ist erstanden, BWV 276 (arr. for chamber en00:01:00
8 Christ ist erstanden, BWV 276 (Arr. for Chamber En 00:01:57 Piffaro
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen (instrumental fan00:03:00
9 Innsbruck, ich muess dich lassen "Instrumental Fan 00:02:53 Piffaro
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen (canon in tenor) 00:03:00
10 Innsbruck, ich muess dich lassen "Canon in Tenor" 00:00:34 Piffaro
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen (arr. for chamber00:38:00
11 Innsbruck, ich muess dich lassen "Insprugk ick mus 00:00:38 Piffaro
Innsbruck, Ich muess dich lassen (bruder conrads t00:02:00
12 Innsbruck, ich muess dich lassen "Bruder conrads t 00:01:38 Piffaro
A solis ortus cardine00:01:00
13 A solis ortus cardine 00:00:32 Piffaro
A solis ortus cardine00:01:00
14 A solis ortus cardine 00:01:29 Piffaro
Christum wir sollen loben schon (motet)00:01:00
15 Christum wir sollen loben schon (Motet) 00:01:04 Piffaro
Christum wir sollen loben schon (hymnus)00:01:00
16 Christum wir sollen loben schon (Hymnus) 00:01:28 Piffaro
A solis ortus cardine (chorale)00:01:00
17 A solis ortus (Chorale) 00:02:10 Piffaro
A solis ortus cardine (motet)00:02:00
18 A solis ortus (Motet) 00:01:46 Piffaro
A solis ortus (canzona)00:01:00
19 A solis ortus (Canzona) 00:02:28 Piffaro
Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 (arr. for00:01:00
20 Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 121 (Arr. for 00:00:57 Piffaro
Intrada00:00:00
21 Intrada 00:01:30 Piffaro
Terpsichore00:12:00
22 Terpsichore: No. 283, Passameze in C Major 00:01:36 Piffaro
Allemande00:01:00
23 Allemande 00:01:12 Piffaro
Volte00:02:00
24 Terpsichore: No. 210, Volte in G Major 00:01:00 Piffaro
Musica Dei donum optimi (arr. for chamber ensemble00:01:00
25 Musica Dei donum optimi (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble 00:02:30 Piffaro
Prophetiae Sibyllarum (arr. for chamber ensemble)00:01:00
26 Prophetiae sibyllarum "Carmina chromatico": Prolog 00:01:16 Piffaro
Mirabile mysterium (arr. for chamber ensemble)00:01:00
27 Mirabile mysterium (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble) 00:02:18 Piffaro
Prophetiae Sibyllarum (arr. for chamber ensemble)00:01:00
28 Prophetiae sibyllarum "Carmina chromatico": No. 6, 00:01:27 Piffaro
Da Pacem, Domine00:01:00
29 Da pacem, Domine (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble) 00:02:21 Piffaro
Melody (arr. J. Kimball for chamber ensemble)00:01:00
30 Melody "A Song from Andernach Along the Rhine" (Ar 00:01:09 Piffaro
Tandernac00:02:46
31 Tanndernac 00:02:26 Piffaro
Tandernaken a 500:02:42
32 Tandernaken op den Rijn 00:02:28 Piffaro
T'ander Naken00:02:00
33 Harmonice musices odhecaton, Canti A: Nos. 75 & 76 00:02:15 Piffaro
Tandernac a 400:03:24
34 Tandernack quinque 00:02:34 Piffaro
Ballet des Aveugles (arr. J. Kimball for chamber e00:03:00
35 Ballet des Aveugles, TMA 281 (Arr. J. Kimball for 00:02:34 Piffaro
Banchetto Musicale00:05:45
36 Banchetto musicale: No. 22, Padouana à 4 00:02:10 Piffaro
Terpsichore00:12:00
37 Terpsichore: No. 109, La rosette 00:00:50 Piffaro
38 Terpsichore: No. 2, Bransle simple de novelle, TMA 00:01:09 Piffaro
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