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Always About Love: A Collection of Love Songs

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Always About Love: A Collection of Love Songs
Always About Love: A Collection of Love Songs


The opening track from "Always About Love", J'ay pris amours a ma devise (I have chosen love as my device), is the motto for the album with songs about longing and happiness, sadness and saying farewell. BRISK and Amaryllis Dieltiens have created a programme with music from various styles and periods on these timeless themes. The poetry is the starting point for the various sections. The instrumental pieces are also all connected to this content, and could be listened to as instrumental poetry, as songs without words.

Alongside 16th and 17th century music from England, France and Germany, the sound of more recent times should not be lacking on this album. The quartet has arranged versions by Cecil Sharp and Benjamin Britten of the English folksong O Waly Waly. "Love is handsome, love is kind", but love may fade away like the morning dew. Dawn is also used as a metaphor for the beloved in Max Knigge's Ochtendbede, based on a sonnet by Jacques Perk. Hans Koolmees has written two songs about earthly and heavenly love, based on texts by the medieval mystic Hadewijch and the modern Flemish poet Eva Cox, and finally Walther Stuhlmacher has composed a wordless farewell. However different these worlds may seem, it is always all about love!

BRISK, the ensemble's name, is intended to convey an idea of liveliness and wakefulness. A critic once described the ensemble as providing "a coup de grace for the recorder's respectable image". BRISK's concerts are composed of equal ingredients of variation of style and mood, virtuosity and light-heartedness. The quartet always appear on stage with an enormous assembly of recorders. Since their founding in 1986, BRISK has given countless concerts in important concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, in Bolivia, Canada and the USA. BRISK has recorded for radio and television both in the Netherlands and abroad, as well as recording over ten CDs that have been well received by both press and public. Its daring programming of early music in combination with contemporary music is designed to expand the borders of the ensemble's repertoire


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  2. J'ay Pris Amours A Ma Devise
  3. Tromboncino: Ostinato Vo Seguire
  4. Gabrieli: Io Mi Son Giovinetta
  5. Bennet: Venus' Birds
  6. Nicholson: Joan, Quoth John
  7. Byrd: Galiard
  8. Knigge: Ochtendbede
  9. Clemens Non Papa: Entre Vous Filles
  10. Gabrieli: Canzon Francesa Deta Frais & Gaillard
  11. Koolmees: Love Song - Tierelantijntje
  12. De Lassus: Tota Pulchra Es Amica Mea
  13. Koolmees: Love Song - Visioen
  14. De Sermisy: Dont Vient Cela / Susato: Basse Dance Dot Vient Cela
  15. Hassler: Ach, Weh Des Leiden
  16. Simpson: Bonny Sweet Robin
  17. Sharp/Britten: O Waly, Waly
  18. Stuhlmacher: Abschied
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