Masters of the Lute

Masters of the Lute

by Matthew Wadsworth
     
 
Blind lutenist Matthew Wadsworth's last release was devoted to lute songs by the intriguing but not essential English composer Philip Rosseter. Here, Wadsworth gets his chance to do the grand tour of seventeenth century European lute composers (he uses a lute and a theorbo), and the results are stunning. The disc works well as an

Overview

Blind lutenist Matthew Wadsworth's last release was devoted to lute songs by the intriguing but not essential English composer Philip Rosseter. Here, Wadsworth gets his chance to do the grand tour of seventeenth century European lute composers (he uses a lute and a theorbo), and the results are stunning. The disc works well as an introduction to some composers who show up on lute recordings, but not often enough for the general listener to feel familiar with them. Wadsworth samples the Baroque-surfaced theorbo music of the German-Venetian Girolamo Kapsberger, with its virtuosic trills and arpeggios; the exquisitely decorated music of France's Robert de Visée, the lutenist opposite number of Couperin; and the expressive, primarily chordal creations of northern Italian chitarrone virtuoso Alessandro Piccinini. Yet the disc can also serve anyone, from new listener to lute fanatic, as a way into the intricacies of the greatest lute composer of them all, John Dowland. Wadsworth offers a half-dozen famous Dowland pieces, including the "Lachrimae Pavan," plus Francis Cutting's version of "Greensleeves." They have hardly ever been so arrestingly played. Wadsworth doesn't do anything radical; he simply brings out each gesture in a stately way that brings Dowland's melancholy profundity to an expressive peak. Channel Classics' SACD sound (auditioned on a good conventional stereo) is intimate but not overbearing, meaty yet clean. Strongly recommended, as a first lute disc or as part of a large collection of them. Wadsworth's own booklet notes are as expressive and evocative as his playing.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Channel Classics Nl
UPC:
0723385242062
catalogNumber:
24206

Tracks

  1. Preludium, for lute, P 98  - John Dowland  - Ad van der Kouwe
  2. Forlorn Hope, fantasie for lute, P 2  - John Dowland  - Ad van der Kouwe
  3. Pavana Lachrimae, for lute or keyboard (A Pilgrimes Solace)  - John Dowland  - Ad van der Kouwe
  4. Galliard to Lachrimae, for lute, P 46  - John Dowland  - Ad van der Kouwe
  5. My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, for lute, P 66 (2 versions, 1 for 2 lutes (second part doubtful authenticity))  - John Dowland  - Ad van der Kouwe
  6. The Earle of Essex Galliard, for 5 viols/violins & lute (from "Lachrimae")  - John Dowland  - Ad van der Kouwe
  7. Variations on Greensleeves for lute  - Francis Cutting  - Ad van der Kouwe
  8. Toccata Arpeggiata for lute (from Book 1 of D'Intravolatura di Lauto)  - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger  - Ad van der Kouwe
  9. Kapsberger for chitarrone  - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger  - Ad van der Kouwe
  10. Toccata 10, for lute (from Intavolatura di Liuto)  - Alessandro Piccinini  - Ad van der Kouwe
  11. Chiaccona in partite variate  - Alessandro Piccinini  - Ad van der Kouwe
  12. Prélude for theorbo in G minor  - Robert de Visée  - Ad van der Kouwe
  13. Allemande for lute in A minor ("Tombeaux Du Vieux Gallot")  - Robert de Visée  - Ad van der Kouwe
  14. Courante for theorbo  - Robert de Visée  - Ad van der Kouwe
  15. Sarabande for theorbo  - Robert de Visée  - Ad van der Kouwe
  16. Gigue and Double de la Gigue for guitar/lute  - Robert de Visée  - Ad van der Kouwe
  17. Chaconne des Harlequins de Mr. Lully  - Robert de Visée  - Ad van der Kouwe
  18. Passacaglia (Mystery Sonata), for violin solo in G minor (standard tuning), C. 105  - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber  - Ad van der Kouwe

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