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Italian Virtuosi of the Chitarrone

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1899
Release date2012-07-01
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

Klassik Heute 9/9/9 September 2012; Klassik.com: triple 5 stars October 2012.

Its overall length (upwards of 160 cm) and great number of strings (up to 16 courses) makes the chitarrone one of the more spectacular instruments of the early baroque. The name probably means ‘large kithara’, after the instrument played by the Classical Greek poets, and it was first developed as a bass lute in order to accompany singing and recitative – indeed it appears to have become the favourite instrument in Italy for accompanying the voice by 1600. It also enjoyed a short-lived but rich flowering as a solo instrument, however, to which the three virtuosi of the album title all contributed greatly, as performers as well as composers. Between 1604 and 1640, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (also known as Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger), Alessandro Piccinini and Bellerofonte Castaldi published a number of collections of chitarrone music, from which Jakob Lindberg has chosen some favourite dances, arias, toccatas and passacaglias. Combined into seven suites, they provide rich opportunity to enjoy the particular timbre and the special playing techniques of this splendid instrument, the chitarrone. Highly regarded both for his live performances and his many recordings, Jakob Lindberg has a long-standing interest in the many varieties of lutes, including lute mandorée, orpharion and archlute, and has now dedicated himself to researching their relative – research which informs both the performances and Lindberg’s own liner notes.
 
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  Composer: Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
  from Book I (Arpeggiata) and Book 4 14:21
01 Arpeggiata 02:12 $ 0.33 USD
02 Canzona I 03:41 $ 0.55 USD
03 Bergamasca 02:54 $ 0.44 USD
04 Canario 01:22 $ 0.21 USD
05 Passacaglia 04:12 $ 0.63 USD
 
06 Fantasia detta Pegasea 02:55 $ 0.44 USD
07 Arpesca gagliarda 02:11 $ 0.33 USD
08 Cecchina corrente 01:10 $ 0.18 USD
09 Toccata cromatica 03:12 $ 0.48 USD
10 Romanesca con partite variate 06:18 $ 0.95 USD
11 Corrente I 01:20 $ 0.20 USD
 
  Composer: Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
  from Book 3 10:53
12 Toccata VII 02:31 $ 0.38 USD
13 Gagliarda con due partite 05:16 $ 0.79 USD
14 Corrente I con partita 03:06 $ 0.47 USD
 
15 Toccata XIII 02:16 $ 0.34 USD
16 Partite variate sopra la Folia aria romanesca 02:24 $ 0.36 USD
17 Aria di fiorenze 02:20 $ 0.35 USD
18 Corrente II 01:20 $ 0.20 USD
19 Arpeggiata a mio modo 02:55 $ 0.44 USD
20 Cromatica corrente 02:03 $ 0.31 USD
21 La Follia 05:10 $ 0.78 USD
22 Furiosa corrente 01:47 $ 0.27 USD
 
  Composer: Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
  from Book 4 11:25
23 Preludio V 01:04 $ 0.16 USD
24 Toccata VII 03:51 $ 0.58 USD
25 Capona 01:31 $ 0.23 USD
26 Colascione 01:38 $ 0.25 USD
27 Kapsperger 03:21 $ 0.50 USD
 
  Album total 01:14:00
ChitarroneLindberg, Jakob
ComposerCastaldi, Bellerofonte
Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
Piccinini, Alessandro
ConductorLindberg, Jakob

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