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Kapsberger / Piccinini: 14 Silver Strings [CD]

Matthew Wadsworth , Mark Levy , Gary Cooper Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deux-Elles
  • ASIN: B00008SK19
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Toccata 9 - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
2. Toccata 10 - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
3. Passacaglia in A minor - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
4. Toccata 13 - Monica Piccinini
5. Partite Variate Sopra La Folia Aria Romanesca - Monica Piccinini
6. Corrente Prima - Monica Piccinini
7. Toccata 3 - Monica Piccinini
8. Gagliarda Prima - Monica Piccinini
9. Canzone Prima - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
10. Ballo Primo: Uscita - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
11. Ballo Primo: Ballo - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
12. Ballo Primo: Gagliarda - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
13. Ballo Primo: Corrente - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
14. Passacaglia in D Minor - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
15. Toccata 6 - Monica Piccinini
16. Partite variate sopra' aria francese detta l'Alemana - Monica Piccinini
17. Corrente 6 Sopra L'alemana - Monica Piccinini
18. Toccata 10 - Monica Piccinini
19. Toccata 2 - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
20. Kapsberger - Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem 9 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent disc of early Baroque lute music by two of the era's greatest composers for the instrument. Both Italian and active in the late 16th- and early 17th Centuries, between them Kapsberger and Piccinini (among others) moved the lute and theorbo forward from the modal delicacy of the Renaissance toward the contrapuntal complexity of the Baroque era. The music of both is full of melodic and harmonic invention and is fabulously enjoyable to listen to. The music here is all played on theorbo, a type of lute with added long bass strings, and the sheer beauty, depth and resonance of its sound makes the music glow all the more.

The musicians here play it all beautifully. All three have now become established stars of the early music scene and their treatment of the pieces here is excellent. There is some almost Flamenco-like fire in places, quiet contemplative beauty in others and also some lovely, rhythmic arpeggiated pieces which seem to me to be faint precursors of some of Bach's preludes for keyboard or cello. The programme is varied with solo theorbo and ensemble pieces, and it makes a delightful disc to play from beginning to end, never growing dull or same-y.

The recorded sound is excellent and the notes very interesting, making this an all-round gem of a disc, I think. I love it and recommend it very warmly.

(You may also be interested in an excellent disc of Kapsberger played by the wonderful Paul O'Dette Kapsberger - Lute Works, and a terrific double CD of Piccinini on Brilliant Classics Piccinini - Lute Works - both favourites of mine.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Masterpiece 13 Jan 2011
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Think medieval music is a bit elementary and square?
Kapsberger's Canario on this disc is 3 minutes of pure ecstasy.
It will haunt you and, like me, you'll let it wash over you again and again.
Where has it been all my life?
It'll be with me for the rest of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful introduction to Renaissance music 24 Mar 2013
By H. Ashford VINE VOICE
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I bought this album because I heard Kapsberger's Canario on the radio, and it's all too easy to follow the link and find you have bought an mp3 download!

The Canario, with its wonderful contrapuntal complexity, is by far the nicest piece on the album, but I am coming to appreciate the others too. For me, this album has provided a wonderful introduction to music from the pre-baroque era, and I am very glad I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This has opened my eyes (and ears) to lute music 4 July 2012
By Paul
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A truly excellent CD. Brilliantly played and very relaxing. It is never far away from my CD player. I had not heard of Kapsberger before being tipped off to buy this, which is a shame because his music is sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music 12 Oct 2013
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I heard one of the tracks on the radio and wanted to hear it again and also listen to the rest of the cd . I find it very relaxing
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