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Alfabeto Falso / Vallerotonda, I Bassifondi


Release Date: 07/28/2017 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 435  
Composer:  Giovanni Paolo FoscariniSimone VallerotondaGiovanni KapsbergerAntonio Carbonchi,   ... 
Performer:  Simone VallerotondaJosep Maria Marti Duran
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After the success of ''L'ultimo romano'', his album of music for archlute from the 1718 collection of the Roman composer Giovanni Zamboni, Simone Vallerotonda presents something totally new with his Baroque ''power trio'' I Bassifondi: ''Alfabeto falso''. Their debut album is devoted to Italian and Spanish music for guitar and theorbo from the first half of the seventeenth century. A little-known repertory, characterized by rhythmic oddities and harmonic extravagances that challenge those of contemporary jazz. Ordinary ''alfabeto'' was the system used by guitarists of the period to mark chords: each letter corresponded to a single chord. But, in the ''false alphabet'', those letters which were marked with a slash indicated chords containing Read more dissonances, often very bold. The trio, comprising guitar/theorbo, percussion instruments and colachon, reconstructs an ensemble typical of the seventeenth century. Breathtaking rhythms, ''dirty'' chords, improvisations and variations: these are the colors they seek to convey in their sound. The beauty and the challenge of this disc lie precisely in providing an interpretation that respects everything notated in the score, and in the choice of arrangements and timbres. This music sounds modern and perhaps slightly provocative to us, but all of it was written around 1640. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata "detta la Inamoratta", for consort by Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2.
Gagliarda francese, for consort by Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
Passacalli passeggiati "sopra l'O", for consort by Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
4.
Improvisation No. 1 by Simone Vallerotonda
Performer:  Simone Vallerotonda (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
5.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Sferraina by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
6.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Passacaglia by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
7.
Scaramanze by Antonio Carbonchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
8.
Saldivar Codex no 4: Folias gallegas by Santiago de Murcia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; Spain 
9.
Capona, for guitar & ensemble by Fernando Valdambrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
10.
Toccata cromatica by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Simone Vallerotonda (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
11.
Improvisation No. 2 by Josp Maria Marti Duran
Performer:  Josep Maria Marti Duran (Colascione)
Period: Contemporary 
12.
Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Partite variate sopra quest'aria detta l'Alemana by Alessandro Piccinini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
13.
Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Corrente no 6 "Sopra l'Alemana" by Alessandro Piccinini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
14.
Improvisation No. 3 by Simone Vallerotonda
Performer:  Simone Vallerotonda (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
15.
Saldivar Codex no 4: Cumbees by Santiago de Murcia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732 
16.
Passacaglia by Angelo Michele Bartolotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
17.
Passecaiglia by Francesco Corbetta
Performer:  Simone Vallerotonda (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
18.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Kapsberger by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
19.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Corrente 7 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
20.
Aria di Firenze by Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
21.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Colascione by Giovanni Kapsberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
22.
Los imposibles, for guitar (Cifros selectas de guitarra) by Santiago de Murcia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
23.
Improvisation No. 4 by Simone Vallerotanda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Bassifondi
Period: Contemporary 

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