There is something very special about this album -- and that such comes from Dorian should be no surprise. The New York Kammermusiker shows the brilliance, majesty and romantic beauty of the Renaissance in this very fine double reed album. Prime yourself for a relaxing evening, or a fantastic foray through the senses as you listen to the numerous pavannes, canzones, and other dances found here.
The album's 40 tracks include works by such famous composers as Claudio Monteverdi, Samuel Scheidt, Thomas Morley, John Dowland, Orlande de Lassus, and Hans Leo Hassler -- names sure to be recognized by lovers of Renaissance music everywhere. And lest you think these pieces merely cast-offs, think again! These are choice pieces, as savory to the ear as any chamber piece by Bach or Mozart -- perhaps more so.
A note of warning to the casual listener: Played all the way through, this 75-minute album -- while certainly enjoyable -- can seem overbearing. If you find this to be the case here -- Listen a little, take a break, then come back to it. You won't be disappointed in the least. One needs to remember that this music originally was meant to be played in the background, and enjoyed for its own merits.