Music for Sir Anthony

Program: #06-14   Air Date: Mar 27, 2006

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Finally released on CD, the concerts by the Currende Ensemble directed by Erik van Nevel tracing the great artist's journeys from Antwerp to London to Italy to his return home again.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recording Music for Sir Anthony featuring the Currende ensemble directed by Erik Van Nevel. As part of the 400th anniversary celebrations for the birth of Sir Anthony Van Dyck in 1999, this recording was made in Bruges, home to one of the early music series that is part of the Flanders Festival. The program gives us examples of music from each phase of the famous painter's life. 

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I. Van Dyck in Antwerp (1599-1620)

--JACOB REGNART (c.1540-1599): Litania Deiparare Virginis Mariae (Litany of the Virgin Mary).
--PHILLIPUS DE MONTE (1521-1601): Clamavi de tribulatione mea ("I cried out of my affliction to the Lord"--from The Book of Jonas).
--CAROLUS LUYTHON (c.1557-1620): In tribus placitum est Spiritui mea ("With three things my spirit is pleased"--from Ecclesiastes).
--LUYTHON: Canzon in G.
--DE MONTE: Usquequo, Domine ("How long, O Lord, wilt Thou forget me?").

II. Visiting England (1620-1621)

--ORLANDO GIBBONS (1583-1625): Fantasia a 4 for the Viols.
--WILLIAM BYRD (1543-1623): Ne irascaris Domine (Be not very angry, my Lord"--from Isaiah).
--BYRD: Have mercy upon me, O God.

III. Journey to Italy (1621-1627)

--CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643): Domine, ne in furore ("O Lord, rebuke me not in thy indignation"--Psalm 6).
--MONTEVERDI: Cantate Domino ("Sing to the Lord a new song"--Psalm 149).

IV. Antwerp Cathedral (1627-1632)

[English Catholic composers who had fled persecution in England greeted Van Dyck when he returned home to Antwerp]
--PETER PHILIPS (c.1560-1628): Alma redemptoris mater ("Blessed Mother of the Redeemer").
--JOHN BULL (c. 1562-1628): Miserere in G.
--RICHARD DERING (c. 1580-1630): O Crux Ave, spes unica ("O Cross, our only hope in this time of suffering").
--BULL: In nomine in d minor.
--HERMAN HOLLANDERS (fl. 17th cen.): O vos omnes ("O ye that pass away, attend"--from the Lamentations of Jeremiah).

V. Triumphs at the London Court (1632-1641)

--THOMAS TOMKINS (1572-1656): Fancy in a minor.
--JOHN AMNER (1579-1641): Remember not, Lord, our offences.
--TOMKINS: Turn unto the Lord.


Composer Info

JACOB REGNART (c.1540-1599), PHILLIPUS DE MONTE (1521-1601), CAROLUS LUYTHON (c.1557-1620), ORLANDO GIBBONS (1583-1625), WILLIAM BYRD (1543-1623), CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567-1643), PETER PHILIPS (c.1560-1628), JOHN BULL (c. 1562-1628), RICHARD DERING (c. 1580-1630), HERMAN HOLLANDERS (fl. 17th cen.)

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