Rolf Lislevand


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.
    Forqueray: Pieces de viole / Pandolfo, Balestracci, Lislevand
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80412 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Forqueray
    Performer:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Guido Balestracci,  Rolf Lislevand,  Eduardo Egüez  ... 
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    La Mascarade / Lislevand
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 002475202 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert de Visée,  Rolf Lislevand,  Francesco Corbetta
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Tous Les Matins Du Monde - Original Soundtrack / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9821 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marin Marais,  Jordi Savall,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Rolf Lislevand,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Montserrat Figueras  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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    La Folia - Corelli, Marais, Et Al / Savall, Lislevand, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9805 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marin Marais,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Juan del Encina,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Behringer,  Rolf Lislevand,  Jordi Savall,  Bruno Cocset  ... 
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    Philidor: Suites For Flute & B.c. / Gorset, Lislevand, Et Al
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1129 Release Date: 01/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Danican Philidor
    Performer:  Hans Olav Gorset,  Rolf Lislevand,  Paolo Pandolfo
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