This album is a collection of rare Renaissance music pieces, most of which never been recorded on organ before. It is the music which would accompany Renaissance feasts and weddings, and was also performed at Churches and at non-religious events and parties.
One could imagine events where some pieces would be played as processional and recessional music for weddings, some as "table music", some for meditation, and some for dances. Several of these pieces have interesting polyphony within them, while others are more like old folk music from various European cultures.
Recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia and in Ottawa , Canada.
The music of the album includes music by:
Robert Johnson - English composer and lutenist. One of the most talented English composers for the lute, especially when writing in a highly ornamented style.
Juan Maria de La Crema - Renaissance period lutenist and composer from Spain
George Leopold Furmann - Renaissance period lutenist and composer from Germany
Giovanni Francesco Anerio - Renaissance period Italian composer, brother of Felice Anerio. He was a choirboy under Palestrina at St Peter's, Rome, and from 1600 held many choirmaster posts in that city at St John Lateran, S. Spirito in Sassia, the Collegio Romano, and S. Maria dei Monti. He also worked for a time at Verona cathedral and his last years were spent directing music at the Polish court; he died on his way back from there to Rome. He published a volume of Masses, several volumes of motets and a collection of psalms, antiphons and litanies; his Teatro armonico (1619) was an important contribution to the development of oratorio, being a collection of laude in dialogue for soloists, choir and instruments.
John Dowland - great lutenist and composer from England,
Elias Mertel - Renaissance period lutenist and composer from Germany.
Adrian Le Roy - Renaissance period lutenist and composer from France.
Joachim Van Den Hove - a Renaissance period Flemish/Dutch composer and a lutenist. He composed works for lute solo and for lute and voice.
Mario Fabritio Caroso - Renaissance period Italian lutenist and poet.
Melchior Neusidler - Renaissance period lutenist and composer from Germany.
Andrei Krylov studied Music in St.Petersburg, Russia. In 1980's-90's he worked as a classical guitar teacher and performer for the State Concert Company "Lenconcert". He wrote music for the guitar and other instruments and he has recorded and published several albums of original guitar music, songs, new age, classical and flamenco guitar music, lute music, one of which has sold over 60,000 copies in Russia.
He has played with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra (conductor, Eduard Gustin) and the "Old Petersburg " music Theatre.
He has given recitals in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, USA, and Canada. He performed at Ottawa Chamber Festival in 2009.
The National Gallery of Canada has placed six films with his music in it's Media Library.