Monday, January 4, 2010

Extra Time - Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet

Extra Time - Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
chamber | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 226 MB
released 1991 | DECCA | RapidShare

This remarkable recorder quartet is internationally noted for its ensemble's unsurpassed beauty of timbre, balance, precision, and agility, as well as for its adventuresome programming. The original group members were Daniel Brüggen, Bertho Driever, Paul Leenhouts, and Karel van Steenhoven, who formed the group while students at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam in 1978. In 2001, Leenhouts left the ensemble and Daniel Koschitzki, a first-prize winner in London's Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Playing Competition, joined the group. The Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet (sometimes abbreviated as A.L.S.Q.) has created a repetoire that ranges from the traditional consort music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (for example, its widely lauded 1999 recording of Bach's The Art of the Fugue) through contemporary and originally commissioned works (recorded on the CD Pictured Air and a published series of new music for the Moeck Verlag), even including the arrangement of a Stevie Wonder song with which the group won the 1981 Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges. The group has a collection of over 100 Renaissance, Baroque, and modern recorders (ranging from an eight-inch sopranino to a nine-foot sub-contrabass) on which to draw to create unique timbres. The A.L.S.Q. tours extensively throughout the world and has appeared in festivals in Berlin, Utrecht, London, Barcelona, Moscow, Sapporo, Boston, San Antonio, and Berkeley, and the group appears regularly in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

CD Content
Garner, Erroll * Misty, for recorder quartet
Bach, Johann Sebastian * Brandenburgisches Konzert, Nr.3, G-dur, BWV 1048, Allegro
* 8 Kleine Präludien und Fugen, BWV 560, Fugue, B-dur
anonymous * Batalia Famossa, para flauto dolce quartet
Mancini, Henry * Pink Panther, On the trail of the pink panther
Mandel, Johnny * The shadow of your smile
McCartney, Paul * Michelle
Bach, J.C * 6 Quartetti per flauto e archi, Op.8, No.1, Do maggiore
Vivaldi* Concerti a 5 stromenti, Op.7, No.12, Re Maggiore, RV.214
Rimsky-Korsakov * Nocturne for 4 horns
Parker, Charlie * Scrapple from the apple
Shott, Peter * Aan de Amasterdamse Grachten
Beethoven * Für Elise, Bagatelle, a-moll, WoO 59, Tango für Elise

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