Digitally remastered and recut by the Directors.
Johann Pachelbel's beautiful interweaving of melody & harmony performed on original instruments by Voices of Music. Recut by the directors for youtube's new HD feature. Performed by Voices of Music: Katherine Kyme, Carla Moore & Cynthia Freivogel, baroque violin; Tanya Tomkins, baroque cello, Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ; David Tayler, theorbo. Directed by Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler.
About the performance: the canon is played using not only the instruments but also the bowing techniques from the time of Pachelbel. As you can see from the video, especially if you look at the high definition version,the string instruments are not only baroque, but they are in baroque setup: this means that the strings, fingerboard, bridge and other parts of the violin appear just as they did in Pachelbel's time. No metal hardware such as chin rests, clamps or fine tuners are used on the violins, allowing the violin to vibrate freely. A good example of baroque bowing can be seen in the extended passage of repeated notes: the musicians play these notes on one bow--the shorter & lighter baroque bow--to created a gliding effect. The players also hold the bow very differently which affects the balance and touch. The organ used is made entirely of wood, based on German baroque instruments, and the pipes are voiced to provide a smooth accompaniment to the strings, rather than the more modern, soloistic sound. The large bass lute, or theorbo, provides a complement to the organ not only in the texture of the chords but also the long strings which occasionally sound the bass notes an octave lower. The continuo players play supporting chords and voices to the canon, carefully avoiding parallels and doublings of the parts.
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