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Con Chitarrone / Leupold Trio

Leupold Trio / Stegeman / Mijnders / Leupold
Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72369   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Girolamo FrescobaldiDario CastelloGregory HowetDomenico Gabrielli,   ... 
Performer:  Soren LeupoldEva StegemanWouter Mijnders
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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CON CHITARRONE: Italian Sonatas from Early Renaissance to Baroque Leupold Trio CHALLENGE CC 72639 (74:35)


Selections by CASTELLO, FRESCOBALDI, HOWET, D. GABRIELLI, BERTALI, MARINI, ROSENMÜLLER, DOWLAND, CIMA, VIVALDI, and CORELLI


This disc appears to be the recording debut of the Leupold Trio, a Netherlands-based ensemble consisting of Sören Leupold (chitarrone and Renaissance Read more lute), Eva Stegemann (violin), and Wouter Mijnders (cello). The works offered here are scored for various configurations. Those by Dario Castello (the Sonata ottava), Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Bertali, Biagio Marini, Johann Rosenmüller, Giovanni Paolo Cima, and Archangelo Corelli feature all three performers; the Sonata seconda of Castello is performed on violin and chitarrone, the Domenico Gabrielli and Antonio Vivaldi pieces on cello and chitarrone, and the Gregory Howet and John Dowland selections on solo lute. While some of these, notably the Vivaldi and Corelli sonatas, are familiar Baroque staples, their instrumental guise here is less so, as the chitarrone replaces the more usual harpsichord. The rationale is simply that the chitarrone is portable in the way a harpsichord is not; it is thus likely that the former was often substituted for the latter by traveling musicians. The most noticeable effect is to lighten the overall instrumental texture and make it more transparent.


The ensemble’s website, leupoldtrio.com—at present only in German and Dutch—indicates that a second CD is shortly to be recorded, and based on the current offering, that is welcome news. The performances here are a complete delight, being unfailingly stylish, colorful, vibrant, and vigorous, and demonstrating imagination and great verve. In the booklet notes the performers refer repeatedly to wanting to bring the energy and freedom of jazz improvisation to their playing, and it shows; most memorably, the second-movement Allegro in the Vivaldi sonata has the feel and infectious energy of a country folk singer strumming on a banjo and belting out a ballad. (It brought to mind a hilarious cartoon from Stereo Review , by the late, great Charlie Rodrigues, of a man flipping through a bin of LPs and coming across one titled “Vivaldi: Banjo Concerti.” For those who share my fond memories of Rodrigues—if only a collection of his fabulous Charlie cartoons were available!—several cartoons from his anthology Total Harmonic Distortion can be accessed at forums.klipsch.com/forums/t/120323.aspx.) The recording is not too closely miked, with a fair amount of ambient space surrounding the performers. The booklet notes provide details on each composer, plus the ensemble and its individual members, as well as its approach to performance practice. Heartily recommended.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1. Il secondo libro di toccate: Canzona no 4 by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1627; Italy 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Sonata seconda, for 2 instruments & continuo No. 2 in F major (Sonata Concertate I/2) by Dario Castello
Performer:  Soren Leupold (Chitarrone), Eva Stegeman (Violin)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3. Fantasie, for lute by Gregory Howet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1629 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in G major by Domenico Gabrielli
Performer:  Wouter Mijnders (Cello), Soren Leupold (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5. Sonata à 2 by Antonio Bertali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6. Romanesca by Biagio Marini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7. Sonate concertate in stil moderno Book 1: Sonata no 8 à 2 by Dario Castello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1621 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8. Sonata per il Violino by Giovanni Paolo Cima
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1610 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9. Sonata for Cello and Basso Continuo in A minor, RV 44 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Wouter Mijnders (Cello), Soren Leupold (Chitarrone)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10. Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 12 in D minor "La Follia" by Arcangelo Corelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11. Sonate (12) à 2-5 stromenti: no 3 à 2 by Johann Rosenmüller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leupold Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12. Lachrimae, for lute, P 15 by John Dowland
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1626; England 
Venue:  Kirche Sengwarden, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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