giovedì 19 gennaio 2012

A.Banchieri - Gemelli Armonici

23 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 125Mb

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The interpretation of the numerous dialogues (sung by one singer who change his voice according to the characters) has favored the embodiement of the characters from the commedia dell'arte, trying to play beyond the stereotypes embodied by the masks. While in total respect of the use of the time, the interpretation gives way to “sperimentazione” either by trust the text to a single singer and to the attention placed in the musical research, as evidenced by the choice of instruments. Following the indications of the author, as found in the notes to the "Prudenza Giovenile", a narrator reads the verses of introduction to each scene, “accompagnata dalla grazia dei musicisti che concertano un’amabile melodia a loro gusto”.

Gemelli Armonici & Metamorfosi Musicale

1 - MM1 - Prologo - Su rallegrate i cuori
2 - MM2 - Passa a mezzo Sinfonia
3 - MM3 - Non più parol
4 - (GA19)Viri sancti(GA2)In convertendo(GA16)Vox dilecti mei(GA7)Adversum me
5 - MM4 - Flavia gentil adio
6 - MM5 - Vien zoso
7 - MM6 - Ninetta, bella Ninetto
8 - MM7 - Villotta
9 - (GA20)Domine audivi(GA21)Pastores(GA12)Haec loquutus(GA5)Ibant(GA13)Domine
10 - MM8 - Ahi me come farò
11 - MM9 - Ascolta Pedrolin
12 - MM10 - Bon dì sposo dolcissimo
13 - (GA15)Equitatui meo(GA3)Bonum(GA6)Misericordias(GA11)Qui vult venire post me
14 - MM11 - Tic toc Sagnura Laura
15 - (GA18)Exaudi Domine(GA1)Sancta Cecilia(GA4)Vere digna(GA14)O quam pulchra es
16 - MM Liquide perle Amor dagli occhi sparse
17 - MM12 - Liquide per l'amor ranocchie sparse
18 - MM13 - Deh Laura che farai
19 - (GA17)Beati omnes(GA8)Deus(GA10)Isti sunt(GA9)Estote fortes in bello
20 - MM14 - Mascherata di soldati
21 - MM15 - Ahi me chi miro
22 - MM16 - Fate festa e allegrezza
23 - MM17 - Bizzarria

Ensemble Hypothesis
dir. Leopoldo d'Agostino

lunedì 16 gennaio 2012

J.S.Bach - Music for Lute-Harpsichord

2 CD - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 211 Mb

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Old J.S. must have been a lute buff because he owned one along with two lute-harpsichords, and composed as well as arranged a significant number of works for it throughout his career. These are generously represented here in this impressive collection of original pieces (BWV 996-999) as well as transcriptions (BWV 964, 990, 995, 1000 and 1006a), impeccably played by Elizabeth Farr on this magnificent instrument…Suffice it to say she is a keyboard artist of exceptional ability. Technical mastery, precision of attack and well-judged tempos characterize her playing, making this an outstanding release.

Elizabeth Farr plays the lute-harpsichord, a two-keyboard instrument with a combination of gut and brass strings. It was built for her by Keith Hill.


Disc 1

Lute Suite in G minor, BWV 995
Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996
Lute Partita in C minor, BWV 997
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, BWV 998
Prelude in C minor, BWV 999
Fugue in G minor, BWV 1000

Disc 2

Lute Partita in E major, BWV 1006a
Keyboard Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 (after BWV 1003)
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990

A page about the Lute-Harpsichord (english)

Some reviews (english)

Elizabeth Farr's Naxos Interview