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Austria 1676 - Lute Music By Lauffensteiner, Weichenberger / Miguel Yisrael

Lauffensteiner / Weichenberger / Yisrael
Release Date: 06/26/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94331   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolff J. LauffensteinerJohann Georg WeichenbergerJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Miguel Yisrael
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

1676 was an important year for European lute music -- Thomas Mace published his famous volume Musick's Monument, and the two Austrian composers and lutenists Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner and Johann Georg Weichenberger were born. Although these composers' works were stylistically similar to the German school of lute music, they carved out a distinct and independent Austrian movement; this new recording by acclaimed lutenist Miguel Yisrael celebrates their achievements through a programme dedicated to their partitas.

Lute music was, in fact, a central part of Austrian culture in the 17th and 18th centuries: the Habsburgs, for example, played the instrument and employed virtuoso musicians to compose and perform for them. In
Read more addition to this, Lauffensteiner and Weichenberger were also exposed a wealth of stylistic influences, primarily the intricate French style of lute playing and the emerging Italian style, which featured a greater emphasis on melody. This rich combination of influences is embodied in their music -- idiomatic works blending French textures with song-like melodies that foreshadow the 18th-century galant style.

This recording is a valuable snapshot of the uniquely Austrian style of lute playing that Lauffensteiner and Weichenberger established. Miguel Yisrael's performances demonstrate a deep resonance with this repertoire, and reveal his exemplary approach to the technical and stylistic intricacies of his instrument.

Other information:
- New recordings made in October 2011.
- Includes booklet notes in English and German.
- A new fascinating concept by acclaimed lutenist Miguel Yisrael, who received highest praise (Diapason d'Or in France) for his earlier innovative programs: Les Baricades Mysterieuses (BC 93701) and The Court of Bayreuth (BC 94026).
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita in G minor by Wolff J. Lauffensteiner
Performer:  Miguel Yisrael (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
2.
Partita in C minor by Wolff J. Lauffensteiner
Performer:  Miguel Yisrael (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
3.
Partita in B flat major by Johann Georg Weichenberger
Performer:  Miguel Yisrael (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
4.
Partita in C major by Johann Georg Weichenberger
Performer:  Miguel Yisrael (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
5.
Partita in B flat major by Wolff J. Lauffensteiner
Performer:  Miguel Yisrael (Lute)
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Partita in G Minor: I. Andante
Partita in G Minor: II. Aria
Partita in G Minor: III. Courante
Partita in G Minor: IV. Largo
Partita in G Minor: V. Menuet
Partita in G Minor: VI. Gigue
Partita in C Minor: I. Tombeau
Partita in C Minor: II. Courante
Partita in C Minor: III. Sarabande
Partita in C Minor: IV. Bourree
Partita in C Minor: V. Menuet
Partita in C Minor: VI. Gigue
Partita in B-Flat Major: I. Symphonia
Partita in B-Flat Major: II. Passepied
Partita in B-Flat Major: III. Aria
Partita in B-Flat Major: IV. Bourree
Partita in B-Flat Major: V. Menuet
Partita in B-Flat Major: VI. Gigue
Partita in C Major: I. Allemande
Partita in C Major: II. Courante
Partita in C Major: III. La petite bourree
Partita in C Major: IV. Menuet
Partita in C Major: V. La grande gigue
Partita in B-Flat Major: I. Entree
Partita in B-Flat Major: II. Courante
Partita in B-Flat Major: III. Sarabande
Partita in B-Flat Major: IV. Bourree
Partita in B-Flat Major: V. Menuet
Partita in B-Flat Major: VI. Gigue

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