The wind instruments that make up an important part of that recording can produce some weird effects and sounds, especially in combination with the "meantone"-tuning used by the performers. It makes the music sometimes sound as if the wind players were not able to hit the proper pitch. Through the combination of strange sounds and meantone temperament, the "affect" of the pieces can affect you in quite unusual and new ways.
Track 7 (with 4 dulcians) sure sounds "weird", to say the least. In track 9, the high pitch of the violins in combination with the cornetti produces a weird emotional tension (or "affect") just by that unusual combination of sounds itself. Track 10 almost sounds "Wagnerian" in the use of the trombone sounds. The first beats of track 12 sound almost as if a synthesizer were playing. Track 16 sounds surprisingly happy and lighthearted. Etc., etc....
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CD review: Samuel Scheidt was unfortunate enough to encounter the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) in his lifetime, which had an obvious impact on artist output of the time. Despite the hardships, Scheidt managed to publish four collections of dance music during this period – the Ludi musici. His words written on their publication show his determination to continue his composing despite the tragic conditions: “My passion for harmony as an ordering power did not permit me to resist, and so I set my hand to work.”
The tragic times are reflected in Scheidt’s sad pavane, which, together with his lively dances and canzone also offer solace and offers to help men “to find great delight” in discordant times - today as well as during the composer’s times.
Musica Fiata under Roland Wilson deliver heartfelt performances of these collections, responding to their changing moods with grace and a strong sense of musicianship.
Performers: Musica Fiata (using meantone tuning)