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Italian Lute Virtuosi of the Renaissance - Works by Marco dall-Aquila, Alberto da Mantova, Francesca da Milano / Jakob Lindberg, lute

Album Summary

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 34 ("La Compagna")
>Milano, Francesco da : Ricercar (Fantasia) for lute No 3
>Milano, Francesco da : Ricercar for lute no 51
>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 15
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Ricercar for lute no 30
>dall'Aquila, Marco : In te Domine speravi, for lute
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Nous Bergiers
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Ricercar for lute no 32
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Plus nulz regrets, transcription for lute (after Josquin)
>Ripa, Alberto da : Pavan ("La Romanesca"), for lute
>Ripa, Alberto da : Fantasia for lute no 20
>Ripa, Alberto da : Or vien ça vien mamie Perrette, transcription for lute (after Janequin)
>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 22
>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 66
>Milano, Francesco da : Quanta beltà, transcription for lute (after Arcadelt)
>Ripa, Alberto da : Fantasia for lute no 13
>Ripa, Alberto da : O passi sparsi
>Ripa, Alberto da : Fantasia for lute no 16
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Ricercar no 33, for lute
>dall'Aquila, Marco : La traditora, for lute (No 38)
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Fantasia for lute no 19a
>dall'Aquila, Marco : Il est Bel et Bon
>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 55 ("La piu bella & divina a che abbia fatto")
>Milano, Francesco da : De Mon Triste Desplaisir for lute
>Milano, Francesco da : Tu discois que je mourroye
>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 33
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The lute flourished for more than five hundred years, until its decline towards the end of the eighteenth century, and for large parts of that time it was the most important instrument in all of Western music. Some of the most exciting developments took place in the 1500's, including the first instances of printed lute music as well as changes to the instrument itself. On this release, Jakob Lindberg, one of the great lutenists of our time, pays tribute to three colleagues from 600 years ago: Francesco da Milano, Marco dall'Aquila and Alberto da Mantova.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2016
Lindberg is utterly at home in the idioms of all three. He brings a plangent sweetness to Francesco's arrangement of Arcadelt's Quanta belt. The variations of Alberto's Pavan La Romanesca have a fragrant, insouciant quality, and even Marco's seemingly modest Ricercar 33 proves to be one of the highlights of this superb recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Länna Church, Sweden (05/2015).



Reviews

Artfully programmed
There's an art to putting a release together, especially one for a solo instrument. With only one instrumental timbre, the tracks can blend together into an uninteresting blur. But change up styles too much, and the album can sound disjointed.

Lutenist Jakob Lindberg is a past master of program sequencing, and his latest album Italian Lute Virtuosi of the Renaissance strikes a perfect balance between consistency and variety.

Lindberg focusses on three composers, Francesco da Milano, Marco dall'Aquila, and Alberto Mantova. All three were lutenists and wrote challenging and idiomatic works for the instrument. Consistency is present in the overall style of the works.

The variety comes in the presentation. Lindberg organized these 24 short works into seven suites, each one with music by a single composer. By doing so, it's easier to hear the differences between these three composers.

Marco dall'Aquila is the eldest of the three, and his music is as thickly polyphonic as the choral works of the day. Francesco da Milano, thirteen years younger, favors short melodic motifs that are easy to follow as he develops them throughout the pieces.

Alberto Mantova, twenty years dall'Aquila's junior, writes fantasias, an exclusively instrumental form that seems to carry da Milano's motivic development a step further while moving further away from the choral-heavy traditions of dall'Aquila.

Lindberg's performances are impeccable as always. The album was beautifully recorded in a small stone church in Sweden, with an intimate acoustic ideally suited to the lute. Lindberg's thoughtful programming makes this an intriguing listen from start to finish.
Submitted on 02/15/17 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 34 ("La Compagna")
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Ricercar (Fantasia) for lute No 3
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Ricercar for lute no 51
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 15
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Ricercar for lute no 30
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : In te Domine speravi, for lute
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Nous Bergiers
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Ricercar for lute no 32
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Plus nulz regrets, transcription for lute (after Josquin)
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ripa, Alberto da : Pavan ("La Romanesca"), for lute
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ripa, Alberto da : Fantasia for lute no 20
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ripa, Alberto da : Or vien ça vien mamie Perrette, transcription for lute (after Janequin)
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 22
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 66
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Quanta beltà, transcription for lute (after Arcadelt)
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ripa, Alberto da : Fantasia for lute no 13
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ripa, Alberto da : O passi sparsi
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Ripa, Alberto da : Fantasia for lute no 16
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Ricercar no 33, for lute
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : La traditora, for lute (No 38)
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Fantasia for lute no 19a
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>dall'Aquila, Marco : Il est Bel et Bon
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 55 ("La piu bella & divina a che abbia fatto")
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : De Mon Triste Desplaisir for lute
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Tu discois que je mourroye
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : Fantasia for lute no 33
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance