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Masters Of The Lute / Matthew Wadsworth


Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 24206   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John DowlandGiovanni KapsbergerAlessandro PiccininiRobert de Visée,   ... 
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Kapsbergers, courses and strascini sound to you more like a culinary experience than a musical one, then consider this selection of works by Masters of the Lute – an excellent introduction to the repertoire of the instrument’s Golden Age. Matthew Wadsworth journeys across Europe explore a range of musical styles as well as the changing instrumental techniques and technologies that gave birth to the theorbo, the lute’s long-necked big brother. En route, he samples the dark-hued melancholy of John Dowland; the daring, experimental style of ‘the German of the theorbo’, Giovanni Kapsberger; sonorous dance suites by Robert de Visée, chamber musicians at the Court of Louis XIV; and a rare Passacaglia by the Bohemian composer Heinrich Read more Biber. Wadsworth is an accomplished player, thoroughly at ease with the idioms of this challenging repertoire and technically a master indeed of his instrument. He underscores the brooding melancholy that characterises so much of this music, offering introspective, poised readings – at times, so hypnotically measured that the music’s forward momentum seems almost suspended. Cleanly articulated sound, recorded in rich detail.

-- Kate Bolton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Preludium, P 98 by John Dowland
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 09/2005 
Venue:  St Martins Church, East Woodhay, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2. Forlorne Hope Fancye, P 2 by John Dowland
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. Lachrimae Pavan, P 15 by John Dowland
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Galliard to Lachrimae, P 46 by John Dowland
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. My Lord Willobes Wellcome Home, P 66 by John Dowland
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Earl of Essex, his Galliard, P 42a by John Dowland
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7. Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Kapsberger by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8. Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9. Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata arpeggiata by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Toccata no 10 by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Bologna, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Chiaconna in partite variate by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1623; Bologna, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12. Unpublished manuscript pieces: Prélude no 1 by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
13. Unpublished manuscript pieces: Allemande no 1 by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
14. Unpublished manuscript pieces: Courante by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
15. Unpublished manuscript pieces: Sarabande no 1 by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16. Unpublished manuscript pieces: Gigue no 1 by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
17. Chaconne des Harlequins de Monsieur Lully by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
18. Sonatas (8) for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 6 in C minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Matthew Wadsworth (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1681; Bohemia 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ferdinand Fischer. 

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