Bergen Barokk

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IN THE MANNER OF THE COURTIER Bergen Barokk’s second release on the LAWO Classics label, “Suite Life”, takes us to the French court during the reign of the Sun King. Elegant conversation, music, painting, fencing and dance — the arts performed with a certain “sprezzatura” (nonchalance) — were the true test of aristocrats. At the French court, the ball was a particularly special place, where the aristocracy would parade their extravagant costumes and masks which echoed classical, mythical figures. The rhythmical patterns of the dances influenced the entire French repertoire of this era, both instrumental and vocal music (including sacred music). The leading musicians during the Sun King’s reign composed obligingly within the confines of strict protocols of style, though they were allowed to give their own personal touch. Marais, Couperin, Visée, de la Barre and members of Hotteterre and Philidor families were among the most competent and high profile musicians during the king’s more senior days. The suites in this recording are largely taken from the many great musical publications from the Paris of the early 1700s. The publications, which were released “avec Privilège du Roy” (at the behest of the king) reflect the grand balls, concerts, opera and ballet performances at the court and were well-received by a bourgeoisie filled with reverence for the luxurious and illustrious court life. Bergen Barokk was established in 1994 and is now one of Norway’s leading early music ensembles. This recording features Frode Thorsen on recorder, Hans Knut Sveen on harpsichord, Thomas Boysen and Thor-Harald Johnsen on lute and guitars, and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola on viola da gamba. The musicians also perform solo and as duos and create sound images ranging from high-pitched plucking to sonorous bass. REVIEWS «Lawo's artistically appropriate of the presentation, with helpful comments on the music and data on the main musicians, is a very tempting collection of earlier Baroque woodwind/strings Suites. Recommended with pleasure.» John Miller - HRAudio http://hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=11509#reviews «This is a most pleasant potpourri of French baroque chamber music. [...] I found both the Chaconne in A by Philidor and the Chaconne in G by De la Barre very effective, with the constant shifting between the possible permutations and combinations of these five accomplished musicians.» Charles Brewer – American Record Guide review_LWC1096_American_Record_Guide.pdf «This is an attractive collection of court music, wonderfully played by the Bergen Barokk. It’s light music, very atmospheric. […] The sound on the disc is very good. […] I had a pleasant hour absorbing this nicely recorded and well played music from this wonderful Norwegian group!» Mel Martin – Audiophile Audition http://www.audaud.com/bergen-barokk-suite-life «Bergen Barokk has assembled these pieces in an unusual manner—not by composer or genre but by key. [...]but the results are enjoyable and not stylistically jarring, so I am not inclined to object. [...] the performances are lively and characterful. I therefore have no difficulty recommending this disc without reservation.» Raymond Tuttle – Fanfare Magazine, mar/apr 2017 review_LWC1096_Fanfare.pdf
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1. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Ouverture (Philidor) 00:02:31 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Le Ballet (Philidor) 00:00:59 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Bourée (Philidor) 00:00:50 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Plainte (Marais) 00:02:39 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Marin Marais
Performers Bergen Barokk | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Rondeau «La Plaintif» (Hotteterre) 00:02:31 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Les Forgerons (Philidor) 00:01:00 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Pièces in G Major and G Minor: Gigue (Hotteterre) 00:01:08 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Pièces in A Major and A Minor: Prelude (Marais) 00:02:41 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Marin Marais
Performers Bergen Barokk | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Pièces in A Major and A Minor: Gavotte (Marais) 00:01:03 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Marin Marais
Performers Bergen Barokk | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Pièces in A Major and A Minor: Pastorale (Chédeville) 00:03:22 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Nicolas Chédeville
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. Pièces in A Major and A Minor: Musette (Hotteterre) 00:00:51 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. Pièces in A Major and A Minor: Muséte de Choisi (Couperin) 00:02:09 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Francois Couperin
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
13. Pièces in A Major and A Minor: Chaconne (Philidor) 00:04:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
14. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: Les Songes, Lentement (Philidor) 00:02:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
15. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: Le Moulin De Javelle (Philidor) 00:01:50 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
16. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: Rondeau Ensuite (Philidor) 00:01:05 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
17. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: Les Fauvétes Plaintives (Couperin) 00:06:00 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Francois Couperin
Performers Bergen Barokk | Hans Knut Sveen
Producers Vegard Landaas
18. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: Les Calotins (Couperin) 00:01:33 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Francois Couperin
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Producers Vegard Landaas
19. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: …et les Calotines (Couperin) 00:01:44 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Francois Couperin
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen | Thor-Harald Johnsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
20. Pièces in D Major and D Minor: Dame Ragonde (Philidor) 00:01:15 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen | Thor-Harald Johnsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
21. Suite in E Minor: Prelude, Lentement (Hotteterre) 00:03:06 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
22. Suite in E Minor: Allemande «La Fontainebleau», Gravement (Hotteterre) 00:03:12 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen
Producers Vegard Landaas
23. Suite in E Minor: Courante (Philidor) 00:01:17 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Anne Danican Philidor
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
24. Suite in E Minor: Sarabande «Le Depart», Douloureusement (Hotteterre) 00:02:06 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Producers Vegard Landaas
25. Suite in E Minor: Air «Le fleuri», Gayment (Hotteterre) 00:01:20 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
26. Suite in E Minor: Gavotte «La Mitilde», Tendrement (Hotteterre) 00:01:25 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
27. Suite in E Minor: Menuet «Le Beaulieu» (Hotteterre) 00:00:44 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
28. Suite in E Minor: 2nd Menuet (Hotteterre) 00:00:53 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Producers Vegard Landaas
29. Suite in E Minor: Menuet «Le Beaulieu» Da Capo (Hotteterre) 00:00:47 1.00 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Jacques-Martin Hotteterre le Romain
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen
Producers Vegard Landaas
30. Chaconne in G (Robert de Visee) 00:04:08 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Robert de Visée
Performers Bergen Barokk | Thomas Boysen | Thor-Harald Johnsen
Producers Vegard Landaas
31. Chaconne in G (Michel de la Barre) 00:04:40 1.50 USD
Main artist Bergen Barokk
Composer Michel de la Barre
Performers Bergen Barokk | Frode Thorsen | Hans Knut Sveen | Markku Luolajan-Mikkola | Thomas Boysen | Thor-Harald Johnsen
Producers Vegard Landaas