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Dances From Terpsichore

Michael Praetorius Audio CD

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15. Volte/Volte/Volte/Volte

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If I read my Schwann catalog correctly, there are only three full CDs of Praetorius's Terpsichore, that exquisite early 17th-century disco collection, played on period instruments. This is a fine collection, up to date in performance practice and dancey enough in spirit. Unfortunately, it isn't much longer (50:30) than my other current favorite Terpsichore collection, by the New York Renaissance Band (Arabesque Z6531, 45:45). Perhaps these producers are worried that we'll wear ourselves out dancing to this music. But I find these bouncy pieces ideal to lift my spirits or to keep me alert nearly anytime. --Leslie Gerber

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD! Jan. 27 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an extraordinary recording of a fraction of the Praetorius Dances from "Terpsichore" (he didn't write them, he just collected them, and there are hundreds). They range from genteel courtly dances to rumbustious affairs that are the equivalent of modern disco and which make all the ornaments on my mantelpiece dance with joy. The disc crackles and buzzes with the most extraordinary and delicious sounds - shawms, crumhorns, hurdy-gurdys, racketts - all served with a very nice recording. Quite simply, a must-have
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unutterably divine. July 1 2003
By "writing_static" - Published on Amazon.com
Take a break from your worries. My recommendation: turn off all electrical lighting and place a few candles about in a darkened room. Take the phone off the hook and set the dogs to patrolling the yard. Be sure the ambient temperature is agreeable. Sip from a glass of wine, smoke a cigarette, slip on some good headphones and drift away. Your ears will thank you.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Refreshing New Sounds to Modern Ears Oct. 1 2002
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
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Praetorius' collection of dance music is given here a marvelous interpretation and rendering on period instruments by Pickett and the New London Consort.
From one track to the next, it rings and warbles with sounds unlike we hear today, even in the age of synthesized output. These are just such catchy little ditties, you'll find they do lighten the load and get one tapping the feet and humming the tunes, if not even breaking out in dance.
This is simply outstanding and unique.
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class of its own - educationally informative and musically mesmerising April 26 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This disc, excellently recorded in the late 1980's, presents a generous selection of the French dance music collected and published by Praetorius in 1612. There were further collections to be centred on English, Italian and German dances but these never materialised. The music itself was a collection of dances 'communicated' to Praetorius by Antoine Emeraud, the dancing master to the Duke of Brunswick who asked for them to be arranged in 4-5 parts.

Praetorius went further than that and also supplied comprehensive instructions on how they were to be played and also supplied plates of detailed illustrations showing the range of instruments available. This information is the basis for decisions made when making this recording.

The result is a comprehensive survey of the sounds available in 1612 made by a wide range of stringed instruments including the viol family, harps, lutes, theorbo and hurdy-gurdy. Brass include Sackbuts, natural trumpets and the hybrid cornett. Woodwind include recorders, flutes, crumhorns, shawms, racketts. Other instruments range across various percussion plus organ, regal and harpsichord.

The players are specialists in the period and play with enthusiasm and accuracy under the knowledgeable direction of Philip Picket.

I would suggest that this disc has few, if any, competitors in the chosen field presented with this level of expertise and sheer enjoyment. This disc therefore warrants the most serious consideration from any prospective purchaser interested in the period.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated and over-priced disk April 18 2007
By Jean P. Lestrale - Published on Amazon.com
This disk lacks the medieval feel that I had hoped for. Many of the pieces sound baroque, similar to Handel's water music, with a lot of trumpets, and drums beating in a martial way. The rest are softer, but lack any real personality... they sound like a wind-up toy music box. I'm disappointed in the music, and unhappy with the disk.

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