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The arrival of a new Yggdrasil record is always interesting, but this time they have chosen to take a radically different approach; "Masques - Quatre Tempéraments avec Ouverture" is a throwback to renaissance music of the 16th Century, with songs inspired by both Italian carnival songs and German lute compositions.

The theme of "Masques" follows a proto-psychological theory that suggests that there are four fundamental personality types: melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic and sanguine. The Greek physician Hippocrates (460-370 BC) incorporated the four temperaments into his medical theories. He believed certain human moods, emotions and behaviors were caused by an excess or lack of body fluids (called "humors"): black bile (melancholio), yellow bile (cholerico), phlegm (flegmatico), and blood (sanguino). The four artworks on the CD (and later, LP) are done by Anders Hjuler and depicts these four types.



Quatre Temperaments
avec Ouverture

1. Canto Carnascialesco - Ouverture (5:22)
2. Der Juden Tanz - Melancolico (6:35)
3. Hoftanz - Cholerico (3:19)
4. English Dompe - Flegmatico (5:18)
5. Balletto - Sanguino (3:26)

Quatre Temperaments
avec Ouverture

6. Où Venture Démasqué? (1:45)
7. Démasqué Melancolico (2:00)
8. Démasqué Cholerico (2:15)
9. Démasqué Flegmatico (2:45)
10 Démasqué Sanguino (1:23)


Released on the following formats:

CD. See purchase button below.

LP. Will be available on vinyl in late 2018. 

Digitally as stream and download. See the player below, where you can listen to snippets of the tracks.


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