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Program: #09-22, Air Date: 05/25/09

The woman's ensemble Les Witches bring vividly to live the 1599 songbook of this Antwerp girl who fled with her family to Elizabethan England at the time of the Spanish invasion.

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Suzanne van Soldt
The woman's ensemble Les Witches bring vividly to live the 1599 songbook of this Antwerp girl who fled with her family to Elizabethan England at the time of the Spanish invasion.

For this release, Les Witches worked on Susan Van Soldt's manuscript, comprising dances, songs and psalms adapted to the virginal or harpsichord.Aged 16 when she noted in this copybook the pieces she probably enjoyed playing at home, Susan was a young Protestant who had to leave Flanders for England with her family at this time of raging religious conflict between Christians.The majority of pieces in the manuscript are reductions for the keyboard, therefore Les Witches have tried to imagine the original instrumentation and hence recreate the tonal colours of Brueghel's country fairs, weddings and village feasts.
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Manuscrit Susanne van Soldt--Danses, chansons & psaumes de Flandres, 1599 (Les Witches ensemble) Alpha CD 526.

1 - Brande Champanje
2 - Preludium
3 - XXXI (sans titre)
4 - Almande "de La nonette"
5 - De frans galliard
6 - Ghij Herder Israels Wylt Hooren (Psalm 80--Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel")
7 - Wt de diepte o Heere (Psalm 130--De profundis--"Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee"))
8 - Almande "Brun Smeedelyn"
9 - Als een Hert gejaecht (Psalm 42--("As the hart panteth after the water brooks")
10 - Pavane dan Vers
11 - Heer ich wil V Wt’s Herten gront (Psalm 9--"I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart"))
12 - LASSUS: Susanna Vung Jour
13 - Almande de symmerman
14 - Myn God Voet mij als myn Herder…(Psalm 23--"The Lord is my shepherd")
15 - Allemande Loreyne
16 - Brabanschen ronden dans ofte Brand

Composer Info

Susanne van Soldt

CD Info

Alpha CD 526