"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Saskia Coolen

In 2012, recorder player Saskia Coolen discovered by chance, in the Historical Museum in Den Briel, the head joint of an alto recorder, made by the instrument maker Engelbert Terton. She brought in the recorder builder and expert Jan Bouterse who thoroughly cleaned and restored the joint. He suggested that there might well be other playble recorders to be found in private collections. In the years since then, Saskia’s research has turned up six forgotten eighteenth-century recorders: five altos and a sopranino.

On this album she plays these rediscovered recorders, together with gambist Rainer Zipperling and harpsichordist Patrick Ayrton, in eighteenth-century music by De Fesch, Nozeman, Van Wassenaer and other contemporaries.

In 2004 Saskia also played on historic recorders, from the collection of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, resulting in the album Recorders Recorded.

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Driftwood - A Gift of Time
Saskia Coolen
The Solo Fantasias
Saskia Coolen / Shunske Sato / Rainer Zipperling
Een Nieuwe Liedt Wy Heven Aen
Camerata Trajectina
A Breath of New Life
Saskia Coolen
Dowland in Holland
Camerata Trajectina
Kadanza
Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk
The Triumph of Love / De Triomfeerende Min
Camerata Trajectina
Inspired by the Bells
Saskia Coolen / Arie Abbenes
The Spirit of Venice
Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam
Diminutions and Ostinati
Saskia Coolen, Rainer Zipperling, Patrick Ayrton
Divisions and Fantasias
Saskia Coolen, Rainer Zipperling, Patrick Ayrton
A wonder for all the ages in his flute and bell-playing
Saskia Coolen / Arie Abbenes
The Seven Sonatas for Recorder
Saskia Coolen, Margriet Tindemans, Peter Watchorn
Recorders Recorded
Coolen/belder/van Ooijen
Quadros and Trio Sonatas
Ensemble Senario
Souterliedekens
Camerata Trajectina