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The Dutch Golden Age: Music from the world of Rembrandt
A musical accompaniment to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age – Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum.
The world of Rembrandt wasn’t just a golden age for art. Music resounded in the taverns, homes, courts and churches of the Dutch Republic, and the country’s rich trading networks introduced sounds and influences from across Europe. This collection provides a panoramic display of that music, championing old masters and uncovering neglected gems.
On this album, we encouncter the major composers of the Dutch Republic where Rembrandt lived and worked: the blind carillonneur and recorder virtuoso Jacob van Eyck; the great organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, who shaped so much of Amsterdam’s culture; and the now virtually unknown Sybrandus van Noordt.
But Europe during Rembrandt’s life was becoming a smaller place, with cultural developments crossing borders, and manuscripts, skills and influences carried from country to country by the burgeoning Dutch trade network – and so we also hear music from Spaniards, Italians and Bohemians.
Together, these sounds make up a rich tapestry as diverse in style and subject as the astonishing art of the Dutch Golden Age.
Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age is showing from 11 November 2017 to 18 February 2018 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au)
1. KAPSBERGER Canarios
2. VAN EYCK Divisions on ‘Daphne’
3. SWEELINCK Hodie Christus natus est
4. VAN EYCK Boffons
5–7. BIBER Rosary Sonata No. 2 ‘Visitatio’
8. VAN NOORDT Sonata in G minor, Op.1 No.4
9. JC BACH Ach, daß ich Wassers genug hätte
10. DU MONT Allemanda Gravis à 4
11. SWEELINCK Fantasia chromatica in Dorian mode SwWV 258
12. ANON. arr. SWEELINCK Hoe schoon lichtet de morghen ster
13.-16. BUXTEHUDE Trio Sonata in D minor, Op. 1 No. 6
17. BERNHARD Was betrübst du dich
18. SALAVERDE Canzon a due, canto e basso
19. SCHÜTZ Selig sind die Toten
20. SCHMELZER Sonata ‘Cucu’