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Kapsberger: Lute Works - "Il Tedesco Della Tiorba" / Paul O'Dette


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 507020   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Were Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, a German of noble birth who lived and worked in Venice, alive today he would be termed a 'character', if only on account of the amusing single-line drawings punctuating his tablature book of 1611 (some appear in the inlay booklet) and the frequent waywardness of his music; some years ago a student of mine, engaged in transcribing the whole of this book, repeatedly asked me ''Can you believe this?''. She might have said as much of some of the keyboard toccatas of Rossi, had she known them, though they contain little to match the eccentricity of Kapsperger's Colascione, with its leisurely glissando to a diminished fifth that a devotee of be-bop might applaud!

However much lute and chitarrone
Read more music you may have heard, it will leave you unprepared for what Kapsperger offers: his studious avoidance of cliches leads him into some astonishing rhythmic and harmonic adventures, and his technical innovations are calculated to give a hard time to any but the most proficient of players—this must be said since O'Dette's performances give no hint of it. In his concise and splendidly informative annotation, O'Dette refers to the bitter criticism Kapsperger attracted in his own time and, given the audaciously non-conformist character of his music—and, perhaps even more unforgivably, his impish sense of humour—it is little wonder; today we may more properly be grateful for it. A few items have been recorded by others, but this is the only current CD of this stimulating music. The quality of both performances and recording is exceedingly difficult to fault.

-- John Duarte, Gramophone [6/1991, reviewing the original release]

This is superb music, melodious, with just enough counterpoint, harmonically and rhythmically cogent, nicely spiced with runs and trills, wonderfully apt for the instrument. O'Dette, for my money the world's finest lutenist, does the music full justice, and the sound is first-rate. You'll want this one.

-- Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata 5 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Corrente 2 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Chaconne for Chitarrone by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Toccata no 1 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Corrente no 2 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata 2 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Bergamasca by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Kapsberger by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Colascione by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Canario by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
11.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata 1 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
12.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Gagliarda 1 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Corrente 1 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata 6 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
15.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Gagliarda 10 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
16.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Corrente 7 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
17.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Gagliarda 12 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
18.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Corrente 12 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
19.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Toccata 3 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
20.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Gagliarda 4 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
21.
Libro I d'intavolatura di lauto: Corrente 11 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
22.
Libro I d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Toccata arpeggiata by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1604; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
23.
Libro I d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Gagliarda no 11 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1604; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
24.
Libro I d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Aria di Fiorenza by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Paul O'Dette (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1604; Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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Libro I d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Toccata arpeggiata

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