Classical Music CDs, DVDs

Empires

Latitude 37
Description:
"The music of the Holy Roman Empire presents repertoire of immense colour, gesture and raw emotional power, represented on this album in the music of Johann Christoph Bach (the nephew of J.S. Bach’s grandfather), Buxtehude, Biber and Gottfried Finger.

Juxtaposed against this music from the Holy Roman Empire is an exploration of music from its borderlands with the Islamic Ottoman Empire. Borderland countries switched allegiances frequently and many cultures we know now as Eastern European were permanently spiced by the influence of the Turks. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fascinating musical sources from the regions of Croatia and Moldavia, to which Latitude 37 has turned for much of the music on Empires.

To demonstrate these colourful musical interactions, Latitude 37 has opted to surrender the Baroque theorbo and incorporate its Arabic predecessor, the oud. European bass drum and tambourine share the stage with Turkish percussion including the daf, riq and the ceramic dahola, all united by the common thread of violin, viola da gamba (an instrument that itself has Arabic origins) and harpsichord to create an album that is both vital and poignant."

(Abc Classics) 4810483

Track Listing Extract:
Includes music from

DIMITRIE CANTEMIR 1673-1723
DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE 1637-1707
JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH 1642-1703
GOTTFRIED FINGER c.1655-1730
HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ VON BIBER 1644-1704
CHRISTOPH BERNHARD 1628-1692

Latitude 37
Julia Fredersdorff Baroque violin
Laura Vaughan bass & tenor violas da gamba
Donald Nicolson harpsichord & organ


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