Artists : The Guild of Mercenaries : Sandrine Dupé (violin), Elsa Franck (recorder and reeds), François Lazarevitch (Renaissance traverse flute), Jérémie Papasergio (reeds), Marc Wolff (archlute), Karolina Herzig (harp and harpsichord), Jean-Luc Ho (organ and harpsichord), Adrien Mabire, cornettos and direction
Program : Susanne un jour, Caro dolce ben moi, Tota pulchra es, Frais et gaillard, Ancol che col partire, Oncques Amour, Ung gay bergier, Benedicta es, La Rose, Ricercata prima, secunda terza quarta quinta sesta settima et ottava, Fantasias 18, 17, 20, 11, 8 et 5
Susanne ung jour
Press round-up :
"Und das Ergebnis klingt - einfach traumhaft."von Thorsten Preuß -BR Klassik
Recording of the month of MusicWeb-International -December 2016
"Not only are these pieces by Bassano excellent stuff, they receive outstanding performances from the musicians in this ensemble who are all experts on their respective instruments. The level of music making and the importance of this repertoire justifies the label of Recording of the Month" Johan van Veen MusicWeb-International
"Das Ensemble ‘Le Guilde des Mercenaires’ hat hier mit seinem ausdrucksstarken Spiel seinem Namen entsprechend einen wahren Schatz gehoben, der neben der Musik der bekannteren Komponisten dieser Zeit leicht übersehen werden könnte." Remy Franck Pizzicato
"This year has seen a veritable plethora of Italian early music recordings released, covering the 16th18th centuries. More than thirty have passed this writers desk since the spring. This CD is one of the best of the lot."Toronto Early Music News
"La Guilde des Mercenaires en este disco que recomienda hoy Clasica2, nos ofrecen la premier de algunos de los Ricercar para cornetto que mencionados en el libro de Bassano, no habían sido grabados nunca en disco. Además, La Guilde des Mercenaires presentan en este disco algunas obras con la instrumentación variada, para demostrar que estas páginas pueden ser escuchadas de diferentes maneras." Clasica2
"Un sublime registrazione per gli appassionati di musica antica e per chi ama le inedite sonorità di strumenti dimenticati." Ferruccio Nuzzo GreyPanthers
Giovanni Bassano (c. 1558-c. 1617) is often assumed to be a member of the great family of musicians and harpsichord makers of the same name, although this has never actually been formally confirmed. He was an Italian composer of the Venetian school and one of the major players in the development of the instrumental ensemble of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice. In his day he was considered to be the finest cornet player of the Seicento and his legacy includes not only musical and vocal works but also a book on how to ornament and play the music of his age. In addition to this, he produced written improvisations (known at the time as “diminutions”) based on many madrigals, motets and French songs.
There are currently no cornetto recordings of his Ricercar, which appeared in the book he published in 1585, so with this project we are taking up the challenge of getting them onto record. In order to vary the instrumentation and demonstrate that these pieces were also designed to be heard in other ways, some of them are performed on the violin, the flute, the traverso and on the bassanello, an instrument invented by Bassano himself and which has something of both the cornetto and the bassoon about it.
The programme also includes nine French songs transcribed and performed with a formation made up of one or two soloists accompanied by a basso continuo made up of an archlute, a harp and a keyboard. Finally the programme is rounded off by five fantasias, thus giving an overview of Bassano’s chamber music, which is itself typical of the virtuoso work which was being produced in Northern Italy at the time whilst at the same time offering a wide variety of timbres and instrumentation.