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Nuove Musiche / Rolf Lislevand

Album Summary

>Lislevand, Rolf : Arpeggiata addio (after Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia antica 1 (after Domenico Pellegrini)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia andaluz 1
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia antica 2 (after Domenico Pellegrini)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia cromatica
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia antica 3 (after Domenico Pellegrini)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia cantus firmus (after Luys de Narvaez)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia celtica (after the Margaret Board Lute Book, ca. 1620-1635)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia spontanea
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia andaluz 2
>Lislevand, Rolf : Toccata (after Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia cantata (after Girolamo Frescobaldi)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Corrente (after Bernardo Gianoncelli)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Corrente (after Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Toccata (after Alessandro Piccinini)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Ciaccona (after Alessandro Piccinini)
>Lislevand, Rolf : Toccata cromatica (after Alessandro Piccinini)
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Rolf Lislevand and friends embark on an elaboration of Baroque forms such as the passacaglia and toccata while incorporating more modern styles that seems to grow naturally out of the nature of both music and instruments... Arianna Savall's voice is angelic, her performance of the Frescobaldi heart-rending; Thor-Harald Johnsen on chitarra battente and Bjørn Kjellemyr on bass are also superb.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Rolf Lislevand (archlute, theorbo); Arianna Savall (vocals, harp); Thor Harald Johnsen (chitarrone); Guido Morini (clavichord, organ); Bjorn Kjellemyr (double bass); Pedro Estevan (percussion).

Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway.

Rolf Lislevand is a lutenist and guitarist; a professor of lute and historical performance practice in Trossingen, Germany. The reason for mentioning the academic credentials is because Nuove Musiche is anything but an "academic" recording. Quite the contrary. on this offering, Lislevand (a former member of Jordi Savall's Hyperion XX), and his septet "say goodbye once and for all to the authenticity creed." They know the rules, they understand the music inside and out, and they refuse to believe that the only way to perform it is the way it was supposedly heard nearly half-a-century ago. The rules are not broken so much as they are extrapolated upon by the often sketchy nature of the original scores. Lislevand believes that to try to perfectly replicate a performance from centuries ago is boring and perhaps a conceit -- because this approach tries to erase all that we have learned about music from hearing it in the interim between then and now. His opinion would mean nothing if the music found here wasn't so utterly seductive, compelling, and quietly moving, and he and his band didn't perform with such authority, elegance, grace, and adventure. To think that it's possible to make something from Baroque era sound so contemporary without pillaging the original music, to take it out of the academy and the institution and bring it to the level of the modern sensibility without selling out the composer is a small marvel. But Lislevand does it all through the 52 minutes of Nuove Musiche. Other instruments in the ensemble are triple harp and voice (both courtesy of Arianna Savall) percussion (used then, but it was never scored), double bass and colascione, organ, and clavichord, the nykelharpa, and the 12-string chitarra battente (a Baroque "strumming" or "beating" guitar). The album was beautifully produced by ECM head Manfred Eicher. The sound here is full and warm, the playing quietly and deliberately passionate. Source material comes from composers such as Kapsberger, Pellegrini, Piccini, and Frescobaldi, among others. The delivery center for most of these pieces begins is the passacaglia. According to Lislevand, these formed the heart of the 17th century lute and guitar books. His group brings sharp rhythmic interplay and inventive chromaticism into the mix with slightly angular dissonances that increase tension, but also bring the music its sense of drama, life, sensuality, and even the hint of danger in places. What happens is that the mystery and subtleties and poetry in these works come to life. That period in history remains at the music's heart, but its bloodline is renewed with these performances. Nuove Musiche is not to be missed; there is something in it for everyone. It is simply unlike anything we have heard before. ~ Thom Jurek



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Works Details

>Lislevand, Rolf : Arpeggiata addio (after Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia antica 1 (after Domenico Pellegrini)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia andaluz 1
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia antica 2 (after Domenico Pellegrini)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia cromatica
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia antica 3 (after Domenico Pellegrini)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia cantus firmus (after Luys de Narváez)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia celtica (after the Margaret Board Lute Book, ca. 1620-1635)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia spontanea
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia andaluz 2
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Toccata (after Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Passacaglia cantata (after Girolamo Frescobaldi)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Corrente (after Bernardo Gianoncelli)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Corrente (after Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Toccata (after Alessandro Piccinini)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Ciaccona (after Alessandro Piccinini)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Guido Morini (Organ); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lislevand, Rolf : Toccata cromatica (after Alessandro Piccinini)
  • Performers: Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarrone); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Archlute); Guido Morini (Organ); Guido Morini (Clavichord); Arianna Savall (Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Double Bass); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Bjorn Kjellemyr (Colascione); Marco Ambrosini (Viola d'amore); Thor Harald Johnsen (Chitarra Battente)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio