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Rolf Lislevand

Biography

Born: 1961; Norway  
Although Rolf Lislevand had established his credentials in the twentieth century as a gifted and fairly traditional Baroque guitarist and lutenist, in recent times he has tended to avoid presenting the music he performs in an authentic way, asserting that to reproduce the music the way it was originally heard, and intended to be heard, is not actually possible. He has thus attempted to give Baroque compositions a twenty first century sound, often Read more imparting a modern or even jazzy character to the music. He has typically performed both solo works and chamber/vocal works, the latter with his own septet. The instruments typically used by the group in concerts and on recordings have included harp and voice (Arianna Savall, daughter of Jordi Savall, filling both roles), Baroque guitar, theorbo, various percussion, organ, double bass, clavichord, colascione, nykelharpa, and chitarra battente, a 12-string Baroque guitar. Much of Lislevand's early career was spent as a member of Jordi Savall's group Hesperion XX, with whom he gave many concerts and appeared on many recordings. Lislevand's numerous recordings can be found on a variety of labels, including ECM Records, Naïve, and Astree-Auvidis.

Lislevand was born in 1961 in Oslo, Norway. He studied music and guitar at the Norway Academy of Music from 1980-1984. Further training came over the next three years at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, where he studied with American lutenist Hopkinson Smith (who was a co-founder of Hesperion XX) and Eugène Dombois.

Lislevand had begun playing with Hesperion XX by 1987, the year he relocated to Verona and began to study seventeenth century Italian music. Of the many recordings Lislevand made with Hesperion XX, the 1993 Astree-Auvidis CD España: Anthology of Spanish Music was among the more popular and critically acclaimed efforts.

In 1993 Lislevand joined the faculty of the Staatliche Hochschule in Trossingen, Germany, a post he still held in 2007. In the new century, Lislevand has continued to appear regularly both as soloist and as chamber player with his own ensemble. His 2006 CD Nuove Musiche, on ECM Records, has achieved great success, both with critics and the public. Because of its success and Lislevand's growing popularity in the U.S., he was invited to appear on the American broadcast network National Public Radio. On the program he elaborated eloquently on his still controversial approach toward Baroque music performance; he also performed two solo pieces. Read less
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  • 1.
    Ros - Songs of Christmas / Pedersen, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2029 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Per Norgaard,  Gustaf Nordqvist  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Gjermund Larsen,  Berit Opheim,  Bjorn Kjellemyr
    Conductor:  Grete Pedersen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Soloists' Choir
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    Diego Ortiz: Recercadas Del Trattado De Glosas
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9899 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz
    Performer:  Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba],  Rolf Lislevand,  Ton Koopman,  Jordi Savall  ... 
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    Selected Signs III-VIII
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001892302 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Heiner Goebbels,  Steve Reich,  Arvo Pärt,  György Kurtág  ... 
    Performer:  Arto Lindsay,  Charles Hayward,  Ernst Stötzner,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Saulius Sondeckis,  Paul Goodwin,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Alexandros Myrat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich and Musicians,  Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,  Rosamunde String Quartet  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30542 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sergio Azzolini,  Christophe Coin,  Sébastien Marq,  Anne-Katharina Schreiber  ... 
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Aura Soave,  Il Giardino Armonico,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Jeanne d'Arc - Batailles & Prisons / Figueras, Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9891 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Spoken Word,  Josquin Des Préz,  Guillaume Dufay  ... 
    Performer:  Armin Janda,  Rolf Lislevand,  Francis Biggi,  Luca Guglielmi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti, Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi / Figueras, Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9884 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Ton Koopman,  Montserrat Figueras,  Rolf Lislevand  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Sur Les Traces De Vivaldi
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5274 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Julia [Soprano Vocal] Lezhneva,  Topi Lehtipuu  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Federico Maria Sardelli,  Giovanni Antonini,  Rinaldo Alessandrini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  Modo Antiquo Ensemble,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 920412 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antoine Forqueray
    Performer:  Guido Morini,  Rolf Lislevand,  Paolo Pandolfo,  Eduardo Egüez  ... 
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  • 9.
    Sounds & Silence: Travels With Manfred Eicher (CD)
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001593302 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gurdjieff,  Arvo Pärt,  Rolf Lislevand,  Nik Bartsch  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra,  Tönu Kaljuste,  Rolf Lislevand  ... 
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste,  Savino Acquaviva,  Alexander Myrat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallinn Chamber Orchestra,  Filarmonica Mousike Orchestra,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 10.
    Vivaldi: Concertos Pour Mandoline / Lislevand
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5243 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Laura Johnson,  Enrico Parizzi,  Brigitte Taubl,  Thor Harald Johnsen  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Xii Suonate A Violino Solo, E Basso Per Il Cembalo
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Fabio Biondi,  Rolf Lislevand,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Maurizio Naddeo
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  • 12.
    Diminuito / Rolf Lislevand
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001335502 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Diego Ortiz,  Giovanni Antonio Terzi,  Alonso de Mudarra  ... 
    Performer:  Thor Harald Johnsen,  Giovanna Pessi,  Michael Behringer,  Anna Maria Friman  ... 
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  • 13.
    Les Classiques Au Soleil
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5195 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giovanni Paolo Foscarini,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Rolf Lislevand,  Veronica Cangemi,  Grigory Sokolov  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Mosaïques String Quartet,  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    La Barcha D'amore / Savall, Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9811 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Rolf Lislevand,  Montserrat Figueras,  Hopkinson Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis,  Hespèrion XXI  ... 
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    Esprit - Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Sara Mingardo,  Rolf Lislevand,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Accentus  ... 
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    La Folie Vivaldi!
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5138 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Sara Mingardo,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Biondi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alessandro De Marchi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Matheus  ... 
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    Instant Classics - Albinoni: Adagio
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5100 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Andrea Falconieri,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Pierre Hantaï,  Patrick Cohen
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini
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  • 18.
    Vivaldi: Musica Per Mandolino E Liuto / Lislevand, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30429 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Guido Morini,  Eduardo Egüez,  Pablo Valetti  ... 
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    Marais: Suite D'un Goût Etranger / Savall, Hantaï, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9851 Release Date: 01/16/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Pierre Hantaï,  Pedro Estevan,  Philippe Pierlot  ... 
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  • 20.
    Lux Feminae / Figueras, Aagaard, Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9847 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Martin Codax,  Raimon de Miraval,  Bartolomé Cárceres
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras,  Tina Aagaard,  Rolf Lislevand,  Marc Clos  ... 
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    Boccherini: Fandango, Etc / Savall, Le Concert Des Nations
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9845 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Manfred Kraemer,  Pablo Valetti,  Juan de Udaeta,  Bruno Cocset  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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    Nuove Musiche / Rolf Lislevand
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 000507002 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rolf Lislevand
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Arianna Savall,  Pedro Estevan,  Bjorn Kjellemyr  ... 
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    Boccherini: Fandango, Etc / Savall, Le Concert Des Nations
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9845 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Angelo Bartoletti,  Manfred Kraemer,  Pablo Valetti,  Bruno Cocset  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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    Altre Follie 1500 - 1750 / Savall, Hespèrion Xxi, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9844 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Santiago de Murcia,  Henricus Albicastro,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Díaz-Latorre,  Carlos García-Bernalt,  Xavier Puertas,  Manfred Kraemer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    Altre Follie 1500-1750 / Savall, Hespèrion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9844 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Corbetta,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Santiago de Murcia,  Henricus Albicastro  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Carlos García-Bernalt,  Xavier Díaz-Latorre,  Mauro Lopes  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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