Notes & Reviews:
To signal the return of that wizard of the guitar, lute and vihuela who is José Miguel Moreno, Glossa is delighted to announce the release of Phantasia, devoted to Baroque lute music by David Kellner.
For this long-awaited return album Moreno alights upon music close to his heart, the music of a composer whose traces have been mostly washed away through him having been caught up in the war-torn Northern Europe of the start of the 18th century. Born in Leipzig, Kellner moved to parts of the old Swedish Empire, settling eventually in Stockholm as an organist and carillonneur, but not until he had "spent the best years of his youth at war", as a military man in the Great Northern War for a decade. How Kellner came to be the composer of the XVI Auserlesene Lauten-Stücke, published as late as 1747, remains still a little bit of a mystery, but these virtuosic and engaging pieces (in fact 17 in number) are ideal - the authorship of some have been ascribed to Sylvius Leopold Weiss - for the mastery of José Miguel Moreno.
Not only have Moreno's playing talents been called into to play for this recording - including Sarabandes, Gavottes, Chaconnes, a Campanella (and with reference to his playing of the carillon) and Phantasies - but his long-standing instrument making skills too. And for this recording Moreno built an 11-course lute, the instrument called for by David Kellner
Fanfare Magazine, July / August 2012
JosT Miguel Moreno has contributed his share of memorable recordings to the list; I remember in particular a CD titled De Occulta Philosophia, a fascinating disc that explored Bach's love of numerology and the occult. Here, his renditions of Kellner's music are smooth, refined, and expressive. As presented by Glossa's engineers, the sound of Moreno's self-constructed 11-course Baroque lute is intimate and lifelike. An absolutely gorgeous disc, and for any fan of the Baroque lute, well-nigh indispensable.
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Jose Miguel Moreno is a well-known lutenist and vihuelist, based in Madrid, and an active performer with a number of recordings to his credit. He is also a luthier and constructed his own 11-course lute for this recording, tailored to Kellner's musical style. His playing is superb - comfortably phrased, with tasteful ornamentation and a full technical command. I haven't heard the Stubbs recording, but I can't imagine it is much better than this. Excellent notes and packaging add to the appeal.
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