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Scheldt: Ludi Musici

Magazine article Gramophone

Scheldt: Ludi Musici

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Ludi musici


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University students may still snigger at his name (at least in the UK), but to listen to Samuel Scheldt's Ludid musici is to hear something very near to a synthesis of European styles at the hands of a German composer, long before Bach did so. Dance pairs and fantasias on assorted famous tunes of different nationalities succeed each other in a show of versatility that combines tunefulness, virtuosity, antiphonal effects and affects of all sorts. The opening track, Scheldt's take on Guedron's famous Est-ce Mars, has a little of all of these things.

That the music is worth hearing has never been in doubt, but these performances offer something new. In contrast to Hesperion XX's landmark recording for Reflexe in the '70s (12/80-nla) or the more recent one from Musica Fiata (CPO), which both combined strings, winds and brass, L'Acheron opt nearly exclusively for strings. This brings Scheidt closer than he's ever sounded to his English colleagues, the swagger of William Brade in particular. …

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