Empires
Dimitrie Cantemir / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber / Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach / Christoph Bernhard / Gottfried Finger / Dieterich Buxtehude

Empires

Latitude 37

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Latitude 37 made a name for themselves with their self-titled debut CD (on ABC Classics 476 4525) , a flamboyant and exuberant approach to the music of 17th-century Italy and Spain. Empires continues to exploring that sound world, this time through the repertoire of 17th-century Germany. However, during the 17th century the borders of the Germanic Holy Roman Empire were being threatened by the mysterious and powerful Ottoman Empire, and it is from here that much of the disc draws its musical inspiration.
The music of the Holy Roman Empire presents repertoire of immense colour, gesture and raw emotional power, represented on this album in the music of Johann Christoph Bach (the nephew of J.S. Bach’s grandfather), Buxtehude, Biber and Gottfried Finger. Germany’s Lutheran religion put much value on the communicative powers of music, and the immense despair felt by the nation after thirty years of religious conflict was also expressed through its music.

Juxtaposed against this music from the Holy Roman Empire is an exploration of music from its borderlands with the Islamic Ottoman Empire. Borderland countries switched allegiances frequently and many cultures we know now as Eastern European were permanently spiced by the influence of the Turks. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fascinating musical sources from the regions of Croatia and Moldavia, to which Latitude 37 has turned for much of the music on Empires. Western keys intermingled with Middle Eastern modes, and Arabic rhythmic intricacies blended with European duple and triple metres, creating a new sound that portrays quite clearly how these musical traditions, rather than going to war against one another, sought inspiration from each other instead. Empires also includes music by Dimitrie Cantemir, the fascinating Moldavian prince who became a great scholar of Turkish classical music while living in Constantinople.

To demonstrate these colourful musical interactions, Latitude 37 has opted to surrender the Baroque theorbo and incorporate its Arabic predecessor, the oud. European bass drum and tambourine share the stage with Turkish percussion including the daf, riq and the ceramic dahola, all united by the common thread of violin, viola da gamba (an instrument that itself has Arabic origins) and harpsichord to create an album that is both vital and poignant.

 

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Der mak?m-? 'Uzzâl u??le? Devr-i keb?r (Music in usules mode and devr-i kebir rhythm)
    02:50
  • 2
    Serba No. 1
    03:10
  • 3
    Trio Sonata in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 6, BuxWV 257: I. Grave – Allegro
    02:17
  • 4
    Trio Sonata in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 6, BuxWV 257: II. Con discretione – Adagio
    02:51
  • 5
    Trio Sonata in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 6, BuxWV 257: III. Vivace – Adagio
    01:31
  • 6
    Trio Sonata in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 6, BuxWV 257: IV. Poco presto – Poco adagio – Presto – Lento
    02:30
  • 7
    Ach, daß ich Wassers g'nug hätte
    06:44
  • 8
    Daf Taksim
    01:28
  • 9
    Ostropetsul
    01:36
  • 10
    Serba No. 2
    01:08
  • 11
    Pestrý Zborník: Intrada and Sarabande
    02:40
  • 12
    Pestrý Zborník: Preambulum
    01:54
  • 13
    Pestrý Zborník: Chorea Kozackÿ
    02:54
  • 14
    Viola da Gamba Sonata in D Minor: I. Allegro
    00:57
  • 15
    Viola da Gamba Sonata in D Minor: II. Adagio
    01:58
  • 16
    Viola da Gamba Sonata in D Minor: III. Allegro
    01:01
  • 17
    Viola da Gamba Sonata in D Minor: IV. Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
    02:49
  • 18
    Violin Sonata in C Minor, C. 143: I. Adagio
    01:30
  • 19
    Violin Sonata in C Minor, C. 143: III. Passacaglia
    05:37
  • 20
    Violin Sonata in C Minor, C. 143: III. Adagio
    01:55
  • 21
    Violin Sonata in C Minor, C. 143: IV. Gavotte
    02:24
  • 22
    Violin Sonata in C Minor C. 143: V. Adagio – Allegro
    03:18
  • 23
    Pestrý Zborník: Chorea Polonica
    01:09
  • 24
    Pestrý Zborník: Chorea ex A
    01:34
  • 25
    Pestrý Zborník: Aria
    01:18
  • 26
    Was betrübst du dich
    04:39
  • 27
    Harpsichord Taksim
    01:27
  • 28
    Zhok de Nunte
    03:41
  • 29
    Bulgarash de gyatse retche
    04:06
  • 30
    Oud Taksim
    01:37
  • 31
    Moldavian Rondo
    02:28
  • 32