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With the participation of: Claire Michon, Freddy Eichelberger, Odile Edouard, Pascale Boquet, Sylvie Moquet, Mickaël Cozien, Françoise Rivalland

In Nobody's Jig (Alpha 502), the Witches had explored the English country dance repertoire found in notebooks published by John Playford as from 1650, which had been hugely successful as we know. For this new release, Alpha asked the Witches to work on Susan Van Soldt's famous manuscript of the end of the 16th century, comprising dances, songs and psalms adapted to the virginal or the harpsichord. Aged 16 when she noted in this copy-book the pieces she probably enjoyed playing at home, Susan was a young protestant who had to leave Flanders for England with her family at this time of raging religious conflict between Christians. The majority of pieces in the manuscript are reductions for the keyboard. Contrary to what is usually the case, the Witches had therefore to imagine, on the basis of these reductions, the «original » versions for instrumental ensembles and hence recreate the tonal colours that we see in Brueghel's country fairs, weddings and village feasts. Let's get up and dance!

CHOC Monde de la Musique award Diapason Or award Choc Monde de La Musique 2008 award