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In Memoriam Adriana Breukink – Dream Recorders, Big Babes and Eagles.

Adriana Breukink and her Eagles

Dutch recorder maker and player Adriana Breukink passed away on October 6th, 2022. Soloists and ensembles play her instruments worldwide. Her innovations – Dream recorders and Eagle recorders – found their way to countless amateur recorder players, top players, and professionals at home and abroad.

In this episode, we feature her instruments, played by the Bassano Quartet, which she founded, and The Royal Wind Music. For this recorder consort, Adriana has created a 3-metre subcontrabass recorder, also called ‘Big Babe’ (see featured photo), in addition to consort flutes. We also hear Adriana playing.




Juan del Encina (1468-1529)
1. Ay triste que vengo

Pierre Sandrin (1490-1561)
2. Una Canzon Francese doulce memoire

Anonymous (16th century)
3. Ay linda Amiga!

Juan del Encina
4. Triste Espagna

Juan Blas de Castro (c.1560-1631)
5. Desde las torres del alma

Bassano Quartet: Adriana Breukink, Ronald Moelker, Sanne Vos and Wolf Meyer, consort recorders and dream recorders (Adriana Breukink)
(CD Torres del Alma, Aliud ACD BH 052-2, 2010)

Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594)
6. Tristis est anima mea

Girolamo Cavazzoni (c.1525-1577)
7. Canzon sopra ‘Falte d’Argens’

Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
8. Ach weh, des Leiden

The Royal Wind Music, consort recorders (including Adriana Breukink). Paul Leenhouts, conductor
(CD: Alla dolce ombra, Lindoro MPC-0712, 2002)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
9. Flute Quartet in D major, op. 5 no. 1
– Presto assai
– Adagio
– Presto

John Taverner (1490-1545)
10. In nomine

Joseph Lupo (1537-1616)
11. Pavane “Susanna un jour”

John Dowland (1563-1626)
From ‘Lachrimae or Seaven Teares’ (1604):
12. Pavan Lachrimae Antiquae
13. Pavan Lachrimae Coactae

Arvo Pärt (1935-)
14. Da pacem Domine (arr.)

Bassano Quartet (Adriana Breukink, Saskia Teunisse, Ronald Moelker and Wolf Meyer) & Daniël Brüggen, consort recorders, dream recorders and Eagle recorders (Adriana Breukink)
(CD Eagles and Seven Tears, Aliud ACD BL 087-2, 2015)

With thanks to Saskia Teunisse.

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