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Alessandro Piccinini: Lute Music / Mónica Pustilnik, lute

Notes & Reviews:

Alessandro Piccinini, a contemporary of Monteverdi and Frescobaldi, hailed from a Bolognese family of lutenists that made its mark on Italian musical life for over one and a half centuries. Piccinini’s two books of lute works are primarily influenced by the emergent Italian instrumental music, but French and Spanish influences can also be clearly heard. On the present recording, Mónica Pustilnik performs selections from both books.

International Record Review, February 2015
An attractively performed and superbly engineered recording that will delight lute fans and more general Baroque music enthusiasts alike.

Early Music Review, April 2015
Pustlinik sustains it [Toccata Cromatica 12] well, bringing out it's contrasting moods. She adds some nice touches of her own for he repeats of Corrente 6 (bk.1, p.51), and I enjoyed her sparkling interpretation of Corrente 7 (bk.2, p.30).

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
There's a nice subtle grace in Monica Pustilnik's playing, and the rich resonance of the instrument offers a full, interesting sound that has body and does not tire the ear. Some of the Corrente dances are light and brief; others are more wistful and slow (Corrente 8 from Book 2 is one example). We are allowed to savor the Ricercar Primo's fine chromatic lines because Pustilnik's slow and somber interpretation means that each note rings out, singing with deliberate pace. Alessandro came from a family of lute players, and his music has been recorded a number of times. Charles Brewer and Ardella Crawford stress the quality of the repertoire and the inventiveness and beauty of fine Piccinini performances (Carpe Diem 16288, M/J 2012; Brilliant 93353, M/J 2008).


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