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Alfabeto

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B00005R2JE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ricercata Per La
2. Toccata Per La E
3. Passamezzo Per La O
4. Passacalles Per L'alfabeto Falso E Per Tutte Le Lettere
5. Allemanda Per La E
6. Aria Di Firenze Per La C
7. Toccata Per La X
8. Tasteggiata Per La X
9. Corrente Per La X
10. Volta Francese Per La X
11. Folias Per La X
12. Espagnoletas Per La D, E E La O
13. Preludio Per La B
14. Corrente Nouvo Inventione Per La B
15. Caprice Di Ciacona Per La B
16. Sarabanda Per La B

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alasdair M. Satchel on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the shallowest grounds possible...
It had a pretty cover so I thought I'd give it a go.
Thank goodness I did.
Alfabeto is a fascinating album, really extraordinary. I don't know enough about music theory to fully explain what makes it so wonderful, but I can give you my direct impressions.
The stringed instruments have a brilliant percussive quality that really drives the music on, from lilting plaintive themes through to pert little baroque bounce alongs. (Told you my music theory is rubbish).

The lead guitar part is exquisite, like listening to a well told story.

The production too is excellent, each instrument given space in the mix to allow the whole record to shine as a very complete and compelling vision.

I love this album and come back to it all the time.

Perhaps I'm a cloth eared nincompoop, but I'd say treat yourself, you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This was a bit of a speculative acquisition for me, and I was surprised by how very much I enjoyed the disc. It is a programme of music from early 17th century Italy for baroque guitar and ensemble from a primitive form of musical notation called Alfabeto. This allows the performers to improvise and express themselves around what is written, and Ensemble Kapsberger do this really well.

What emerges here is a sequence of varied, rich and thoroughly engaging pieces with vigorous dances (with a delightful swing in many cases), gentle melancholy and most things in between. Some sound quite formal, others almost folky in their rhythmic abandon. I found the whole thing terrific and the ensemble are simply brilliant. I first listened to this before reading the notes carefully and thought it sounded rather like a Jordi Savall project -and then discovered that his daughter Arianna plays and sings here (beautifully) and the gamba player is the great Paolo Pandolfo. No wonder it's so good, then, and the rest of the ensemble are well up to their standard.

The notes are very interesting (if a little overblown in places) and the recorded sound is excellent. It's a terrific disc all round and I recommend it very warmly - I think it a joyous, hugely rewarding treat
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
One track was enough to get me hooked 13 Mar. 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was driving in to work this morning, when suddenly, my classical radio station started playing something that sounded to me like a lively, almost new age tune with an almost middle-eastern sound, but using classical instruments. Classical guitar was the primary element, coupled with wordless singing, where the voice was being used simply as another instrument. At the end of the song, I was amazed to discover that the piece was in fact around 300 years old, and had recently been released on this CD, Alfabeto.
I sat down to order the CD as soon as I got into my office. If the rest of the CD matches that one track, it surely deserves 5 stars. As it is, though, just the one track is enough to justify 4 stars, in my opinion, so I wanted to tell people about this CD even before I get to listen to the whole thing.
23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Fripp should have such Discilpine 14 April 2002
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is a myth that King Crimson and the entire Discipline ethos of opening up to the possibility of Music happened sometime between 1969 and 1982. In point of fact it was nearly 400 years earlier in the music of Domenico Pellegrini, Giovanni Battista Granata, Giovanni Paolo Foscarini and Francesco Corbetta. These four guitarist/composers have produced music that is as extraordinary in its beauty as it is groundbreaking in craft.
Robert Fripp, English Guitarist and caretaker of the Crimson King, has described as wondrous those moments when Music leans over and takes us into its confidence. This music is all about the discourse that takes place once that confidence is gained. Exquisitely, ensemble kapsberger and rolf lislevand have found a way to dwell in the Music encoded in the alfabeto system encrypting the wonders and mysteries to be unlocked by musicians who read the music, instead of the notes. This is Guitar music for the ages and far exceeds anything I was expecting. Think a genetic splice between King Crimson and John Dowland and you are getting close.
But discard the comparisons, the real treasures lay in the music itself and if you give yourself awya to it, be prepared for an experience of a lifetime. Alfabeto was a system used by these composers to suggest the subtleties in changes of tone, direction, discipline necessary in order to first clear the ground so that Music may Be with the musician, and then intimate the intercourse possible in that clearing. Too Heideggerian? Not by half! This is music that will find its way forward in the hearts, souls, minds, hands of crafty guitarists for all time. This is music that begat the composers, and in turn, they have given birth to the primordial and celestial and passionate embrace of the ineffable.
The Crimson King presented its Music to these gifted writers. I have no idea if they knew each other, but it would be some 4 centuries before it would occur to the followers of J. G. Bennett that in Charlestown, West Virginia, they were not just coming upon a new standard tuning, but uncovering a way of doing things that had surfaced once before and was waiting for the right artists to clear its ground once again.
Hats off to this remarkable label, ASTREE, for producing the most incredible disc I have heard this year. They have released a CD of Beethoven's transcriptions of Irish and Scottish songs that is a revelation. This however, is the Holy Grail of guitar music, sacred scripture. We are all Parsifal for having discovered it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
wonderful music 8 April 2010
By Cammarata Marco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't think words can describe this CD without "offending" it. If you like ancient music, this is a CD you will appreciate and listen over and over; if you don't try it anyway, if you don't like it you will never like ancient music;
I heard for the first time Rolf Lislevand at FNAC in Grenoble (they were playing "Nuove Musiche"). Since them I keep following and buy from time to time a CD of his'
This CD is the one I like most so far ... I even use it as music for my marriage :)
enjoy it
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A collection of hauntingly beautiful pieces 12 Sept. 2012
By Brunnhilde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I would recommend this CD to anyone who loves early Baroque music as well as classical guitar. However, my disk--new, straight out of the box--would not play on my CD player; I've been listening to it in the car and am wondering if anyone else has had the same problem with this recording.
A wonderfully enjoyable treat 18 Aug. 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was a bit of a speculative acquisition for me, and I was surprised by how very much I enjoyed the disc. It is a programme of music from early 17th century Italy for baroque guitar and ensemble from a primitive form of musical notation called Alfabeto. This allows the performers to improvise and express themselves around what is written, and Ensemble Kapsberger do this really well.

What emerges here is a sequence of varied, rich and thoroughly engaging pieces with vigorous dances (with a delightful swing in many cases), gentle melancholy and most things in between. Some sound quite formal, others almost folky in their rhythmic abandon. I found the whole thing terrific and the ensemble are simply brilliant. I first listened to this before reading the notes carefully and thought it sounded rather like a Jordi Savall project -and then discovered that his daughter Arianna plays and sings here (beautifully) and the gamba player is the great Paolo Pandolfo. No wonder it's so good, then, and the rest of the ensemble are well up to their standard.

The notes are very interesting (if a little overblown in places) and the recorded sound is excellent. It's a terrific disc all round and I recommend it very warmly - I think it a joyous, hugely rewarding treat
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