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Kapsperger – Intavolatura di chitarone

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Catalogue numberBIS-2417 SACD
Release date2019-08-02
Discs1
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time69:45

At the end of the 16th century, the pursuit of greater, more vivid expressivity dominated music-making all across Italy, taking madrigals and other vocal ensemble forms as its starting point but soon going on to explore the possibilities offered by solo singing. For some decades the theorbo (or chitarone, as it was also called) was regarded as the ideal instrument for accompanying singers, but as a leading exponent of the instrument Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger soon also established it as a solo instrument in its own right. Of German descent, Kapsperger published his first book of solo pieces for the theorbo in 1604 and went on to enjoy a successful career in Rome, contributing to the monumental cultural programme of Pope Urban VIII. There he moved in intellectual circles, particularly that of the scientist Galileo Galilei.

During the 1630s things became quiet for Kapsperger, possibly a side effect of Galilei’s conviction for heresy in 1633. Not until 1640 did his last known volume of theorbo pieces appear, the number four in its title indicating that two books have been lost. A particularly attractive aspect of Kapsperger’s music for the theorbo is the marked contrasts between dramatic and impetuous toccatas, straightforward, ‘no-nonsense’ passacaglias and rhythmically refined but simply constructed dance movements such as galliards. These are here all made to sound under the fingers of Jonas Nordberg, sought-after as soloist as well as ensemble musician, performing on a wide range of plucked instruments including the lute, guitar and theorbo. On BIS he has previously appeared on the acclaimed album Heroines with soprano Ruby Hughes and in chamber works with recorder player Dan Laurin.
 
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  Composer: Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
  From Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarone 26:33
01 Toccata prima 06:42 $ 1.61 USD
02 Passacaglia [prima] 03:57 $ 0.95 USD
03 Gagliarda prima 01:36 $ 0.38 USD
04 Canzone prima 03:43 $ 0.89 USD
05 Toccata 2da 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
06 Passacaglia [2da] 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
07 Gagliarda 8va 01:32 $ 0.37 USD
08 Canario 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
 
  Aria di Fiorenza, from Libro primo d’intavolatura di chitarone 12:10
09 Aria 01:20 $ 0.32 USD
10 Partita 1a 01:14 $ 0.30 USD
11 Partita 2a 01:12 $ 0.29 USD
12 Partita 3a 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
13 Partita 4a 01:15 $ 0.30 USD
14 Partita 5a 01:15 $ 0.30 USD
15 Partita 6a 01:18 $ 0.31 USD
16 Partita 7a 01:12 $ 0.29 USD
17 Partita 8va in tripla 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
18 Partita 9a 01:08 $ 0.27 USD
 
  From Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarone  12:34
19 Toccata 9na 01:40 $ 0.40 USD
20 Passacaglia [4ta] 03:35 $ 0.86 USD
21 Gagliarda [7ma] 02:13 $ 0.53 USD
22 Toccata 5ta 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
23 Gagliarda 11a 01:24 $ 0.34 USD
24 Gagliarda 12a 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
 
  Ballo primo, from Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarone 04:37
25 Uscita 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
26 Ballo 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
27 Gagliarda 01:23 $ 0.33 USD
28 Corrente 01:22 $ 0.33 USD
 
29 Toccata Arpeggiata, from Libro quarto d’intavolatura di
chitarone
02:36 $ 0.62 USD
 
30 Battaglia, from Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarone 08:08 $ 1.95 USD
 
31 Kapsperger, from Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarone 02:54 $ 0.70 USD
 
  Album total 69:45
TheorboNordberg, Jonas
ComposerKapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo

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