The Rich Sound of Consort Music
Boreas, the god of the north wind, gave this recorder quartet its name. Wind, that is, breath, is the driving force behind the instruments on which the quartet performs music from the great age of the consort. In the press the four women musicians have been praised for their »intelligent mastery« and their »vibrant, great expressive power, superb technique, perfect intonation, and incredible precision in ensemble playing.« The quartet stands for immersion in the rich, full sound of consort music. Along with Han Tol, its members now turn to a selection of works from the collection In Nomine by Christopher Tye, an English organist and composer of the Renaissance. The pieces display enormous diversity of character and style and in their compositional principles. Furthermore, almost all the Renaissance recorder types are heard, here on copies of original instruments by the Schnitzer family of Nuremberg. During the first half of the sixteenth century many members of this family were active as instrument builders. They included Sigmund Schnitzer, who also gained great renown outside Germany and was particularly famous for his »great oversized pipes.« Peter van der Poel constructed the Renaissance consort in 2011.