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Postscript

à Amsterdam

The idea to dedicate an album to music from Amsterdam, where Postscript was formed, had been on our minds for some time, but it really came into focus with the beginning of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We were isolating at our respective homes in Amsterdam; however, on the rare occasions that music- making was possible, we were able to do it together, since we formed a small enough group to gather safely.

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About the album

The idea to dedicate an album to music from Amsterdam, where Postscript was formed, had been on our minds for some time, but it really came into focus with the beginning of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We were isolating at our respective homes in Amsterdam; however, on the rare occasions that music- making was possible, we were able to do it together, since we formed a small enough group to gather safely. The hectic travel schedules that normally shaped our lives came to a halt, and we had the opportunity to spend more time in our home city, enjoying contemplative walks in the eerily now-quiet streets. It was, therefore, quite natural to keep the theme of local exploration and to base our next musical project around the city of Amsterdam, by rediscovering a part of its history that is underappreciated by both musicians and audiences today.

We selected a number of works published (and in most cases also composed) in Amsterdam, chose Amsterdam-built instruments or copies thereof for each of us to play, and settled on a historical venue with wonderful acoustics in the heart of the city: the Waalse Kerk. As with our first CD for TRPTK, Introductio, we decided to record it live with an appreciative audience in attendance. Our hope with this recording is to take you back to 18th-century Amsterdam to get a glimpse of its diverse and lively musical life.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  • Carl Rosier

    Sonata I (from Pièces choisies, a la manière Italienne)

    1. I. Poco alegro
      0:35 Play button Pause button 0:35
    2. II. Non troppo alegro
      1:08 Play button Pause button 1:08
    3. III. Più alegro
      1:29 Play button Pause button 1:29
    4. IV. Canzon
      0:52 Play button Pause button 0:52
    5. V. Presto
      1:02 Play button Pause button 1:02
  • Servaas de Konink

    Pieces (from Suites & Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 & 4)

    1. Ouverture
      3:18 Play button Pause button 3:18
    2. Air
      1:22 Play button Pause button 1:22
    3. Plainte
      2:06 Play button Pause button 2:06
    4. Marche
      0:35 Play button Pause button 0:35
    5. Air
      1:46 Play button Pause button 1:46
    6. Louis Bourbon
      0:16 Play button Pause button 0:16
    7. Menuet
      0:40 Play button Pause button 0:40
    8. Gigue
      0:34 Play button Pause button 0:34
  • Sybrand van Noordt

    Sonata 1 (from Mélange Italien ou sonates, Op. 1)

    1. I. Vivace
      1:01 Play button Pause button 1:01
    2. II. Adagio
      1:20 Play button Pause button 1:20
    3. III. Allegro
      1:42 Play button Pause button 1:42
  • Conrad Friedrich Hurlebusch

    Fuga IV (from Compositioni Musicali per il Cembalo)

    5:41 Play button Pause button 5:41
  • Johann Christian Schickhardt

    Sonata IV (from 12 Sonates à une flute et une basse continue, Op. 23)

    1. I. Adagio
      2:28 Play button Pause button 2:28
    2. II. Allemanda allegro
      2:39 Play button Pause button 2:39
    3. III. Vivace
      2:09 Play button Pause button 2:09
    4. IV. Giga
      1:37 Play button Pause button 1:37
    5. V. Gavotta presto
      0:51 Play button Pause button 0:51
  • Jacob Klein

    Sonata I (from VI Sonate a Violoncello Solo e Basso Continuo, Op. 4)

    1. I. Allegro
      3:17 Play button Pause button 3:17
    2. II. Poco adagio - Poco allegro - Poco adagio
      3:23 Play button Pause button 3:23
    3. III. Allegro
      2:54 Play button Pause button 2:54
  • Willem de Fesch

    5 Duets (from 30 Duetten voor Fluit of Viool)

    1. Fanfare
      0:47 Play button Pause button 0:47
    2. Menuet
      1:23 Play button Pause button 1:23
    3. Menuet
      1:15 Play button Pause button 1:15
    4. Largo
      1:28 Play button Pause button 1:28
    5. Rondo
      1:32 Play button Pause button 1:32
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Sonata II (from Sonate a Tre per due Flauti e Basso per il Cembalo, Op. 5)

    1. I. Largo e andante
      4:02 Play button Pause button 4:02
    2. II. Allegro
      3:07 Play button Pause button 3:07
    3. III. Allegro
      2:00 Play button Pause button 2:00
  • Antoine Mahaut

    Sonata VI (from Six Trio Sonatas for Two Flutes and Continuo)

    1. I. Largo e cantabile
      3:47 Play button Pause button 3:47
    2. II. Allegro
      2:16 Play button Pause button 2:16
    3. III. Largo
      2:37 Play button Pause button 2:37
    4. IV. Presto
      2:47 Play button Pause button 2:47

More information

Label TRPTK
Genre(s) Classical – Baroque (1600-1750)
Artist(s) Postscript
Composer(s) Fesch, Willem de
Hurlebusch, Conrad Friedrich
Klein, Jakob
Konink, Servaas de
Locatelli, Pietro
Mahaut, Antoine
Noordt, Sybrand van
Rosier, Carl
Schikhardt, Johann Christian
Recording location(s) Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
Recording date(s) June 2022
Cat. No.

TTK 0097

Release date

September 29th, 2023

Additional links

Download Booklet(PDF)

Tech specs

Microphones

DPA 4041-SP (main)
DPA 4006A (height)
Ehrlund EHR-M (cello, harpsichord)

Microphone preamps

Millennia HV-3D-8

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Mastering resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 64bit

Monitoring (recording)

KEF LS50
Audeze LCD-X

Monitoring (mastering)

KEF Blade Two
KEF LS50 Meta
Hegel H30
Hegel C55

Cabling

Furutech custom microphone cables
Furutech custom interlinks
Furutech custom power cables
Furutech custom loudspeaker cables
Grimm Audio TPR8 breakout cables
Purecable Prime DIG75 word clock cable

"They perform works by Rosier, De Koninck, Van Noordt, Schickhardt, Klein, De Fesch, Locatelli and Mahaut in an extremely musical manner and with audible dedication and musical pleasure. [...] I considered this music so interesting that I did not want to withhold these recordings from you anyway."

Maarten Seijbel, Nationaal Orgelmuseum

"It remains for me to report that the music on this release from the TRPTK label is an absolute enrichment for any music lover, whether from a historical point of view or repertoire or... sonic beauty."

Theo Wubbolts, FWD

"In sum, this is a delightful album and well worth you taking a journey of discovery with Postscript. I highly recommend the exploration. As always, the sonics captured by TRPTK founder and recording engineer, Brendon Heinst, are simply stellar. No, more than that. They are transportive. His care in making sure that he has the most accurate and timbrally natural capture of the sound heard in the recording session is obsessive. And his efforts pay off in recordings that are very often the highlight of my music listening in any given week. Kudos on this one, Brendon. It is superb."

Rushton Paul, Positive Feedback

"Belogurov, he turns out to be an excellent spokesman for the ensemble, Postscript has wanted to shine the spotlight on the rich baroque tradition of the city of Amsterdam with this new album. To which I can only add that they have done so in a most musically evocative and inspiring manner. Brendon Heinst has recorded this particularly fine musicianship in an excellent manner. That is, extremely transparent and acoustically mesmerizingly depicted."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

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