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Basso Ostinato: Passacaglias & Chaconnes


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Ostinato translates in Italian as ‘obstinate’ or insistent; passacaglia derives from the Spanish phrase ‘passer la calle’, to walk down the street; Chaconne is of Latin-American origin, meaning unknown. Diverse etymologies, then, for one of the fundamental structures in Western music, and one which became the foundation of most pop musics, when the ground bass evolved into the four-bar riff. On this album Pieter-Jan Belder has assembled a collection of ostinato pieces, not necessarily chaconnes or passacailles, but all kinds of pieces that feature a certain obsessive repetition, usually on a harmonic basis. All of these pieces are in fact dances. His choice spans almost two centuries, from the simple tread of a Pass’e Mezzo by Giovanni PIcchi to the ornamented flourishes of Soler’s Fandango. Even the Fandango, however, is dwarfed by the D minor Chaconne with which J.S. Bach crowned his D minor Partita for solo Partita, here arranged for harpsichord by Pieter-Jan Belder, who follows in a notable line of transcribers of the piece including Brahms. The Chaconne is Bach’s mature contribution to the ostinato literature, forever touched by the death of his first wife, Maria Barbara, while he was away on business. Muffat’s Passacaglia is commonly heard on the organ, but here it takes on a new life under Belder’s fingers, with the elaborate fingerwork transferred to the harpsichord. Other diverting works on this unique collection include a Chaconne by the little-known Bernardo Storace the crowning glory of Frescobaldi’s output, the 144 variations of his magnificent Cento partite sopra passacaglia.
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Item number BRI95656
Barcode 5028421956565
Release date 3/23/2018
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Belder, Pieter-Jan
Disc: 1
Intavolatura di balli00:04:00
1 Intavolatura di balli: Pass'e mezzo 00:05:48 Belder, Pieter-Jan
A New Ground in E Minor, Z. T68200:02:31
2 A New Ground in E Minor, Z. T682 00:02:22 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chac00:13:00
3 Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chac 00:12:54 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Ground00:00:00
4 Ground 00:07:06 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Pieces de clavecin, Book 100:17:36
5 Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: Chaconne 00:03:40 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Prelude in C Major00:02:58
6 Prelude in C Major 00:03:36 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Passacaille in C Major00:05:09
7 Passacaille in C Major 00:05:43 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Fandango00:10:00
8 Fandango 00:12:08 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Ciaconna00:06:03
9 Ciaconna 00:05:52 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Apparatus musico-organisticus00:27:28
10 Apparatus musico-organisticus: Passacaglia 00:07:01 Belder, Pieter-Jan
Toccate e partite d'intavolatura di cimbalo et org00:00:00
11 Toccate e partite d'intavolatura di cimbalo et org 00:11:40 Belder, Pieter-Jan
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