The ear of Theodoor Van Loon
2018 | Cypres Records
In the artistic landscape of the Southern Netherlands, Theodoor van Loon (1581/82-1649) occupies a unique place, yet his name is virtually unknown to the general public. However, seventeenth-century authors were not sparing with their praise for this painter: 'Apelles of the Netherlands' (Erycius Puteanus 1612); 'Painter of excellent works' (abbot Geldolf van Rijckel 1631); 'A remarkable painter in his day' (Sanderus 1659); '[Painter with] high esteem' (Cornelis de Bie 1662).
Just as twentieth-century artists moved to New York and discovered their very own art scene, van Loon was deeply effected by Italian painting and by his contacts with circles of scholars in Rome, the then capital of art, where he stayed several times. The Eternal City, however, was also the seat of the papal power and van Loon was particularly interested in the avant-garde of post-Tridentine art. Indeed, though his oeuvre may be far less known than that of his rival Peter Paul Rubens, after his return to the Southern Netherlands van Loon played a barely overestimated role in formulating and spreading a modern pictorial aesthetic that could give shape to the spiritual renewal that the Catholic Church had in mind.
This programme highlights the musical environment of van Loon both in Rome and at the Brussels court of Albrecht and Isabella. For the first time, the chaplains in Brussels are assembled together at the time of van Loon: Géry Van Ghersem, Peter Philips, Nicolaus a Kempis, Giuseppe Zamponi and Pedro Rimonte. Van Loon's stay in Rome is illustrated with both works of the then ‘conservative’ style (Francesco Soriano, pupil of Palestrina) and of the new, aspiring class (Mazzocchi). And of special note is the fact that Giuseppe Zamponi was a fellow of van Loon’s in both Rome and Brussels!
The programme that Paul Van Nevel has created for this CD at the request of BOZAR is the ideal listening guide for discovering Theodoor van Loon's oeuvre.
“…The intelligence with which (this recording) has been put together and performed, designed to soundtrack the exhibition of van Loon in Brussels, but far too good to leave just to the art enthusiasts.”
Andrew McGregor, Record Review BBC Radio 3
This production came about with the support of the Flemish government.
Francesco Soriano (1548-1621) : Agnus Dei
Paolo Quagliati (ca 1553-1628) : Quando miro il bel volto
Felice Anerio (ca 1560-1614) : Tibi laus, tibi gloria
Luca Marenzio (ca 1553-1599) : o voi che sospirate
Francesco Soriano (1548-1621) : in illo tempore
Domenico Mazzocchi (1592-1665) : ahi, chi m'aita
Domenico Mazzocchi (1592-1665) : Chiudesti i lumi armida
Géry de Ghersem (ca 1574-1630) : Agnus Dei
Pedro Rimonte (1565-1627) : luna que reluces
Nicolaus a Kempis (ca 1600-1676) : symphonia III
Nicolaus a Kempis (1600-1676) : ad te suspiro
Peter Philips (ca 1560-1628) : le bel ange du ciel
Giussepe Zamponi (1605-1662) : dies irae dies illa
Peter Philips (ca 1560-1628) : Hodie nobis de caelo