Monteverdi: Memories Capella de la Torre & Katharina Bäuml
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- Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643): Movete al mio bel suon, SV 154:
- 1Monteverdi: Movete al mio bel suon, SV 154:304:17
- Introduzione al ballo, SV 154:
- 2Monteverdi: Introduzione al ballo, SV 154:1: Entrata e Passeggio02:04
- Confitebor tibi Domine III (Alla francese), SV 267:
- 3Monteverdi: Confitebor tibi Domine III (Alla francese), SV 26706:05
- Zefiro Torna e di soavi accenti, SV 251:
- 4Monteverdi: Zefiro Torna e di soavi accenti, SV 25105:37
- Soave libertate, SV 130:
- 5Monteverdi: Soave libertate, SV 13004:17
- Damigella, SV 235:
- 6Monteverdi: Damigella, SV 23502:42
- Deus tuorum militum, SV 280:
- 7Monteverdi: Deus tuorum militum, SV 28002:27
- Vespro della Beata Vergine:
- 8Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine: Sonata sopra Sancta Maria, SV 206:1107:25
- Confitebor tibi Domine II, SV 266:
- 9Monteverdi: Confitebor tibi Domine II, SV 26605:05
- Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, SV 287:
- 10Monteverdi: Laudate Dominum in sanctis eius, SV 28704:50
- Ohimé ch'io cado, SV 316:
- 11Monteverdi: Ohimé ch'io cado, SV 31604:15
- Il ballo delle ingrate. SV 167:
- 12Monteverdi: Il ballo delle ingrate. SV 16705:18
- Chiome d'oro, SV 143:
- 13Monteverdi: Chiome d'oro, SV 14304:41
- Sanctorum meritis, SV 277:
- 14Monteverdi: Sanctorum meritis, SV 27702:46
- Giovinetta, SV 241:
- 15Monteverdi: Giovinetta, SV 24104:17
- Beatus vir qui timet Dominum, SV 268:
- 16Monteverdi: Beatus vir qui timet Dominum, SV 26808:06
Info for Monteverdi: Memories
"When Renaissance music grooves" is how Deutschlandfunk describes the music of Capella de la Torre under the direction of Katharina Bäuml. The ensemble, which has won many awards at home and abroad, proves this with its new album "Monteverdi: Memories".
Through the skilful selection of the pieces and the modern interpretation, the album provides a unique insight into Monteverdi's music. Katharina Bäuml has selected special works that reflect both Monteverdi's 20 years as court musician in Mantua and his 30 years as Kapellmeister at the famous St Mark's Church in Venice. These include works for a large ensemble such as "Beatus Vir" and "Confitebor tibi Domine", but also pieces for a smaller ensemble such as "Tempo la Cetra", which make it easy to understand how revolutionary Monteverdi's music was at the time.
With his madrigals, Monteverdi gave sacred vocal music a completely new expression with harmonies that were revolutionary for the time. In a way, Monteverdi is considered the father of the "walking bass" popularised in jazz a few centuries later. The vocalists and instrumentalists of the Capella de la Torre present a multifaceted sound panorama from Monteverdi's musical "diaries". In addition, three of Monteverdi's few instrumental pieces can be heard. The ballet music for the "Ballo delle ingrate" is the only piece of independent instrumental music that he handed down to posterity.
The "Sonata sopra Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis" from the "Marienvesper" (1610) will also be heard. It is a marvel of complexity, musical formal architecture and instrumental virtuosity and was considered unique in its time. And the madrigal "Zefiro torna" from the "Scherzi musicali" proves what a real jazz groove Monteverdi's music has. Over the fixed "chaconne" rhythm in the instrumental bass, Monteverdi lays a veritable firework of changing, sometimes contradictory rhythms in the voices. "Monteverdi: Memories" is an ingenious reminiscence of a unique composer.
Capella de la Torre
Katharina Bäuml, musical direction
Capella de la Torre
is proud to be one of the leading ensembles for early wind music worldwide. The group was founded in 2005 by the oboist and shawm specialist Katharina Bäuml, and since then has newly inspired its audiences over and over again in over one thousand concerts, 20 CDs to date, and numerous live recordings. Through these experiences, the ensemble has garnered extensive experience in the music of the fourteenth though seventeenth centuries. In 2016 Capella was awarded the "Ensemble of the Year" ECHO Klassik prize. 2017 the ensemble was again awarded the ECHO Klassik prize for the CD "Da Pacem - Echoes of the Reformation".
2018 Capella de la Torre is one of the first OPUS Klassik winners - the ensemble was awarded for the CD "Serata Venexiana".
In order to make the music of past centuries sound fresh for modern ears, current historical and musicological research plays a vital role in Capella de la Torre's programs. Especially important is the work with original sources and texts. In addition to concerts, another focus of the ensemble is its work with young audiences though numerous outreach and education projects.
The name "Capella de la Torre" can be understood two ways: in the beginning of the sixteenth century, the Spaniard Francisco de la Torre composed perhaps the most famous piece for a wind ensemble, his "Danza Alta." In addition to this homage to the composer, the name can be understood literally. "De la torre" means "from the top of the tower." Wind ensembles of the time often played from the top of towers and on balconies.
A native of Munich, Katharina Bäuml studied modern oboe, and baroque oboe and historical reed instruments, finishing both degrees with honors. Since then she has specialized in myriad areas of early music, but her particular interest has been in wind music of the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries. This interest led her, in 2005, to found the ensemble "Capella de la Torre," which has become the most important German ensemble for Renaissance music. The group has produced twenty CDs, and since 2013 has recorded exclusively for Sony. In 2016 Katharine Bäuml won the ECHO Klassik award with Capella de la Torre for their CD "Water Music". In addition to early music, her interests include contemporary music played on historical instruments, leading to numerous commissions for her ensemble "Duo Mixtura," which have been performed at such prestigious festivals as the Berlin "Ultraschall" festival, among others. As the artistic director of several festivals and concert series, Ms. Bäuml continues to initiate projects which connect jazz and the music of the early modern period. Most recently she has assumed the artistic direction of the series "Musica Ahuse" in the Romanesque Cloister Auhausen, where renowned leading early music ensembles perform each year. Ms. Bäuml teaches in Berlin and regularly gives master classes in Genf (Switzerland), Hanover, and Lübeck.