The excellent flautist Neeme Punder improvises on the variations by Jacob van Eyck in quite the same way as van Eyck himself improvised on folk melodies. In the last stage, the improvisations performed by Neeme Punder provided the basis for the electronic arrangements by Peeter Vähi.
|1||Pavaen Lachrymae||J van Eyck, arr by P Vähi||7:08|
|2||Ballette Gravesand||trad, arr by P Vähi & N Punder||2:17|
|3||Amarilli Mia Bella||J van Eyck, P Vähi, N Punder||4:36|
|4||Laura||J van Eyck, arr by P Vähi||3:35|
|5||Onse Vader In Hemelryck||trad, J van Eyck, P Vähi||2:16|
|6||De Eerste Licke-Pot||J van Eyck, arr by P Vähi||3:14|
|7||The Flutish Kingdom||trad, arr by P Vähi, N Punder||4:13|
|8||Questa Dolce Sirena||J van Eyck, P Vähi, N Punder||4:08|
|9||Engels Nachtegaltje||J van Eyck, P Vähi, N Punder||5:45|
|10||Courant, Of Harte Diefje Waerom Zoo Stil||J van Eyck, arr by P Vähi||4:13|
|11||Doen Daphne D’Over Schoone Maeght||J van Eyck, P Vähi, N Punder||3:18|
|12||Na Dien U Godlyckheyt||J van Eyck, P Vähi, N Punder||4:23|
Neeme Punder (recorders, transverse flutes, folk-like flutes)
English handbell ensemble Arsis (#5, 10, 11) directed by Aivar Mäe
The natural nightingale recorded in the forests of Northern Estonia
Peeter Vähi (keyboards)
Recorded in the studio of Estonian Radio in 1996
Engineered by Priit Kuulberg
Design by Everi Vähi
Layout by Thomas Kunadt
Special thanks: Fred Jüssi, Forte Records
Recording producer – Peeter Vähi
Co-producer – Ulli A Ruetzel
Erdenklang Records 1996
Published by Edrenklang Musikverlag
Made in Germany
The blind Dutch recorder-player Jacob van Eyck (1589/90−1657) was engaged as a carillonneur, first in his hometown Heusden and later in Utrecht. He was apparently a great master on carillons; he had several students, he looked after a number of carillons and church bells in Utrecht. As a conductor van Eyck left us a collection of music called Der Fluiten Lusthof for unaccompanied descant-recorder. Nearly all of the 144 pieces are variations on the popular melodies of that time. Besides folksongs, he used the more popular themes by current conductors of his time and church melodies from the Geneva Psalter.
On this CD we have just single melodies. Music written for solo instruments − even for the ones on which one cannot play chords − was not scarce in the 17th cent. Yet, the music that was written down was nevertheless an improvisation. When considering “authentic” interpretation, one may even present a rhetorical question; whether van Eyck himself had ever played these variation-cycles as exactly as they were written down. After studying van Eyck’s collection and in view of the performance practices of that time, the musicians on this current CD have been inspired to interpret the conductor’s text very freely. The flautist Neeme Punder improvises on the variations by Jacob van Eyck in quite the same way as van Eyck himself improvised on folk melodies. In the last stage, the improvisations performed by Neeme Punder provided the basis for the electronic arrangements by Peeter Vähi.
Neeme Punder (b 1958) studied classical flute at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn, and for a long time is a leading soloist in the early music consort Hortus Musicus, playing recorders, bamboo flutes and other ancient and ethnic woodwinds. He has also studied Baroque flute in the Netherlands and Germany. Neeme Punder has worked as the artistic director of Viljandi Early Music Festival, the teacher at Estonian Academy of Music and Viljandi Academy of Culture, also as a concert producer of the National Concert Institute of Estonia.
Peeter Vähi graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music as composer under the supervision of Prof Eino Tamberg. Peeter Vähi has worked as a free-lance conductor and record producer, the music producer at the National Concert Institute of Estonia, the artistic director of Estonian Record Productions and several international music festivals − Eastern Music Festival Orient, Glasperlenspiel Festival. He is a member of the board of Estonian Composers’ Union. His most important works are Mary Magdalene Gospel, Supreme Silence, Chant Of The Celestial Lake, Mystical Uniting, A Chant Of Bamboo.
Other recordings with participation of Neeme Punder: The Hand Of God, Ave…, To His Highness Salvador D, 2000 Years After The Birth Of Christ
See also other recordings of Arsis produced by ERP: The Best of Arsis Bells, Awake, My Heart!, In Dies, Night Music, Music Box, Legend, Terra Mariana, Prelude, Quarter of a Century with Friends
See also other records of Peeter Vähi: Maria Magdalena, Supreme Silence, A Chant of Bamboo, Tamula Fire Collage, The Path To The Heart Of Asia, Handbell Symphony, Sounds Of The Silver Moon