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  • Bartolomeo Tromboncino (1470-1535)
  • 1Ostinato vos seguire03:32
  • Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
  • 2Zefiro torna05:38
  • Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656)
  • 3Ciaconna03:28
  • Michel Godard (1960)
  • 4Dreaming Dancers03:54
  • Diego Ortiz (1510-1570)
  • 5Recercada Passamezzo01:57
  • Anonymous
  • 6Passacaglia della vita / nella vita06:33
  • 7Un sarao de la ciaconna03:40
  • Francesco Manelli (1595-1667)
  • 8Accesso mi cuore (Ciaconna)03:54
  • Fabritio Caroso (1526-1605)
  • 9Alta regina01:54
  • Johannes Vogt (1953)
  • 10Follia leggera03:26
  • Cancionero de Palacio (15th/16th cent.)
  • 11Non quiero ser monja01:48
  • Michel Godard (1960)
  • 12Folie de 1000 lumières04:56
  • Anonymous
  • 13Guardame las vacas02:03
  • Diego Ortiz (1510-1570)
  • 14Recercada Romanesca02:04
  • Cancionero de Palacio (15th/16th cent.)
  • 15Muchos van de amor heridos02:11
  • Michel Godard (1960)
  • 16Song for Urte05:03
  • Andrea Falconieri (1585-1656)
  • 17Folía echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos03:45
  • 18Aria sopra la Ciaconna02:57
  • Cancionero de Palacio (15th/16th cent.)
  • 19Rodrigo Martinez02:13
  • Stephin Merritt (1965)
  • 20The Book of Love03:12
  • Total Runtime01:08:08

Info for Ciaconna

The practice of diminution and improvisation is an integral part of the music of the 15th to 17th centuries and can no more be ignored than certain melodic and rhythmic models that form the basis of this music. Suffice it to mention only the ciaconna, the romanesca, the folia and the passamezzo in this context. It made sense, therefore, to see links with the world of jazz. After meeting Michel Godard and Luciano Biondini we agreed that a Renaissance musician and a Jazz musician are really two sides of one and the same coin.

For the present album we have brought these two sides into direct contact with each other, resulting in the liveliest music that relocates the sounds of the past in the present day and, conversely, places contemporary music in a historical context.

Capella de la Torre
Katharina Bäuml, direction

Capella de la Torre
is a group of musicians who have made a name for themselves as specialists in historical performance practice. The ensemble's aim is to give listeners an immediate experience of the rich and hitherto neglected repertoire of mediaeval and renaissance music by performing it to a professional standard.

The name "de la Torre" has a double meaning. In the first place, it pays homage to the Spanish composer Francisco de la Torre, who wrote his "Danza Alta" at the beginning of the 16th century. This is probably the most famous piece for what was then known as "capella alta", an ensemble of wind instruments such as shawms, dulcians, sackbuts and cornetti. Capella de la Torre has specialized in music written for the "capella alta". Secondly, the name may be taken in a literal sense: "de la Torre" means "from the tower" and groups of wind players (Spanish: ministriles) often played on towers or balconies at festivals and other official occasions. "Torres de los Ministriles" are still to be found in many Spanish towns today.

Capella de la Torre does not confine itself to Spanish music, however, but also plays music written throughout the rest of Europe for the "hauts instruments" or "loud instruments". In general, it tries to breathe life into the old traditions of "ministriles", "piffari" and "Stadtpfeiffer".

In the music world of today there are very few ensembles centred around historical double-reed instruments. This is particularly so in Germany.

Katharina Bäuml
born in Munich, Germany, studied modern oboe in the Conservartories of Hannover with Klaus Becker, Hamburg with Rainer Herweg and Mannheim with Winfried Liebermann graduating with 1st Class Honours. She has performed as oboe soloist in the “Gustav Mahler Orchestra” and has tought oboe at the School of Music of Hamburg.

In Hamburg she also elaborated her musical skills by studying historical woodwind instruments with Renate Hildebrand at the Hamburg Conservatory, finished her studies with the Diploma with 1st Class Honours. For further widening her expertise of historical oboes and shawms she then studied with Katharina Arfken at the “Schola Cantorum”, Basel and has participated in master classes with Ku Ebbinge, Alfredo Bernardini, Paul Dombrecht and Bruce Haynes. Katharina has worked with Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gottfried von der Goltz, Andrea Marcon, Carles Magraner, Marc Minkowski, Michael Schoenheit y Ludger Remy and has performed with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Barockorchester L´Arco, L´Arpa Festante, Musica Fiata, Dresdner Instrumentalconcert, Capella de Ministrers, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and Ministriles de Marsias.

In 2005 Katharina has founded the ensemble “Capella de la Torre”, which is dedicated to the music of the 15th and 16th centuries especially for double reed instruments.

Katharina has appeared in various recordings of CDs and radio broadcastings, e.g. for Radio France, MDR, NDR and WDR. She has given master classes of medieval and renaissance music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and is currently living in Braunschweig, Germany, where she also teaches oboe and shawm.

With the accordeon-player Margit Kern Katharina Bäuml founded 2011 the Duo Mixtura, where the two musicians combine music o the Renaissance with contemprary music written especially for the duo.

Katharina Bäuml is giving in masterclasses at the conservatorys of Geneva and Hannover and she teaches in Berlin.

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