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The Baroque Lute in Vienna - works by Denis Gaultier, Wolff Lauffensteiner, Franz Biber, Jacques Bittner, C.W. Gluck, et / Bernhard Hofstoetter, lute

Album Summary

>Muffat, Georg : Passacaglia for organ in G major
>Bittner, Jacques : Tombeau for lute
>Anonymous : Couplets for Mme d'Hervart on the air "Folies d'Espagne"
>Bartolotti, Angelo Michele : Gigue de Angelis de Rome, for lute
>Lauffensteine, Wolff Jacob : Allemande for lute
>Lauffensteine, Wolff Jacob : Courante for lute
>Lauffensteine, Wolff Jacob : Gigue for lute
>Bertali, Antonio : Sarabande grave, for lute (attributed)
>Anonymous : Suite for lute in F major
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
>Kohaut, Karl Ignatz : Sonata for lute in D major
>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
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Notes & Reviews:

A firm believer in exploring outside the traditional classical canon, Bernhard Hofstötter here brings together some of his favourite pieces for Baroque lute, featuring composers well known and some more obscure. The works span a period of over 100 years, from Gaultier, born sometime around 1600, to Gluck, who was composing in the latter half of the 18th century. What they all have in common is Vienna, a hub of music-making during its golden age as the capital of the Habsburg Monarchy. Whilst the city may be connected more commonly with such greats as Mozart and Beethoven, the works on this release prove that it's well worth looking past these established names. Some of the featured composers held positions in the empirical court, including Gluck, who was appointed 'kaiserlich-königlicher Hofkompositeur' in 1774. Karl Kohaut, whose highly virtuosic Sonata a liuto solo is included on this release, served as a high-ranking official at the court of Emperor Joseph II. His fame as a lutenist was so great that he is even mentioned by Charles Burney in his renowned travelling diaries of 1773. Two composers who passed by Vienna before settling in Salzburg - another highly cultural Austrian city - were Georg Muffat and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, both of whom also spent time working for the Church, writing both sacred and secular music. Biber's haunting Passacaglia lends itself perfectly to the Baroque lute, its intricate polyphony beautifully highlighted on this instrument. Bernhard Hofstötter hails from Vienna originally, and studied the lute both in his home city and Italy before graduating from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in 2001. Although he takes a keen interest in contemporary music, he specializes in 17th- and 18th-century repertoire for the solo lute, and has previously recorded music by the Baroque composer Silvius Leopold Weiss, for which he won the Pasticcio Award on Austrian national radio. This disc brings together a rich selection of lute works by composers who were all in some way connected to Vienna, the capital of the vast Habsburg monarchy. It shows that also before the Viennese school of Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven Vienna was a cultural melting pot, and a hotspot of musical activity and development. Composers featured are Muffat, Gaultier, Bittner, Bartolotti, Lauffensteiner, Bertelli, Kohaut and Gluck. Lutenist Bernard Hoffstötter, a native of Vienna, is a specialist in the Baroque era, and has recorded to great critical acclaim on the quality labels Atma and Querstand. Contains extensive notes on the music and the performer in English and German. Recorded in France in 2014.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014).

Includes derniÜre courente de gautier - double fait p. mr. by various composers.



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>Muffat, Georg : Passacaglia for organ in G major
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bittner, Jacques : Tombeau for lute
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous : Couplets for Mme d'Hervart on the air "Folies d'Espagne"
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.

>Bartolotti, Angelo Michele : Gigue de Angelis de Rome, for lute
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lauffensteine, Wolff Jacob : Allemande for lute
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lauffensteine, Wolff Jacob : Courante for lute
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lauffensteine, Wolff Jacob : Gigue for lute
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Bertali, Antonio : Sarabande grave, for lute (attributed)
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous : Suite for lute in F major
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Christoph W. Gluck Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Kohaut, Karl Ignatz : Sonata for lute in D major
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Biber, Heinrich Ignaz : Passacaglia for Violin solo in G minor
  • Notes: Église abbatiale de Saint-Wandrille (07/28/2014-07/31/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1676