The Ear of Theodoor van Loon

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Géry de Ghersem, Domenico Mazzocchi, Nicolaus a Kempis, Peter Philips, Francesco Soriano, Luca Marenzio, Paolo Quagliati, Gioseffo Zamponi, Felice Anerio

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Cyprès

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CYP1679

CYP1679. The Ear of Theodoor van Loon

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Tibi laus, tibi gloria Felice Anerio, Composer
Felice Anerio, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Missa Ave virgo sanctissima, Movement: Agnus Dei Géry de Ghersem, Composer
Géry de Ghersem, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Ad te suspiro Nicolaus a Kempis, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Nicolaus a Kempis, Composer
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Symphonia III Nicolaus a Kempis, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Nicolaus a Kempis, Composer
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
O voi che sospirate Luca Marenzio, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Luca Marenzio, Composer
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Ahi, chi m’aita Domenico Mazzocchi, Composer
Domenico Mazzocchi, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Chiudesti i lumi Armida Domenico Mazzocchi, Composer
Domenico Mazzocchi, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Le bel ange du ciel Peter Philips, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Peter Philips, Composer
Hodie nobis de caelo Peter Philips, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Peter Philips, Composer
Quando miro il bel volto Paolo Quagliati, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paolo Quagliati, Composer
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
In illo tempore Francesco Soriano, Composer
Francesco Soriano, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Missa super voces musicales, Movement: Agnus Dei Francesco Soriano, Composer
Francesco Soriano, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
Dies irae dies illa Gioseffo Zamponi, Composer
Gioseffo Zamponi, Composer
Huelgas Ensemble
Paul van Nevel, Conductor
This is one of those recitals of out-of-the-way repertory in which Paul Van Nevel specialises, intended to accompany the paintings of Theodoor van Loon, a Flemish painter who absorbed the style of early Baroque painting in Rome and introduced it to his homeland. Hence a programme of music that trembles on the verge of the Baroque, marked by Palestrina’s Roman pupils on one hand and the painter’s contemporaries at the Brussels court of Albert and Isabella of Habsburg on the other.

We so rarely get to hear many of the composers represented here; and if not all of the music is stunningly original, so well is it made that it positively shines when presented in performances as poised and polished as these. Voices and instruments appear separately or judiciously blended, and (for once, I’m tempted to say, and so far as I can judge) Van Nevel plays the notes more or less straight, in the best sense. The Roman material (Soriano, Anerio, Marenzio in particular) is very strong, though Zamponi’s Dies irae is pretty thin and overstays its welcome. Things pick up with Géry de Ghersem, Nikolaus à Kempis and especially the English Catholic exile Peter Philips, whose eight-voice Hodie nobis de caelo finishes as the disc began, with sumptuous eight-part writing, this time with all the performers combined. Even though nearly everything is done one-to-a-part, performances involving several voices seem to me stronger than those where just one part is sung; an exception is the expressive soprano in Philips’s lovely berceuse Le bel ange du ciel, a gem of a Christmas scene that arrives just in time. It made me smile.

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