Michelagnolo Galilei: Intavolatura Di Liuto

Release Date: 3/25/2014
Label: Ramee
Catalog Number: RAM1306
Performer: Anthony Bailes
Number of Discs: 1

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CD
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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews


M. GALILEI LUTE WORKS Anthony Bailes (lt) RAMÉE 1306 (65:55)


Michelagnolo Galilei (1575–1631) studied the lute with his father, Vincenzo, and spent much of his active professional life in service at the Munich court of Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria. His career there appears to have gone considerably more smoothly than his personal relationship with his older, argumentative brother, Galileo. Money was always an issue, especially with a large family and a high cost of living. Galileo felt he spent too much on the publication of his lute music, but Michelagnolo, touched on his artistic pride, defended what he had written as worth sending out to the world.


It is suavely urbane, not exactly what one expects from the son of a man who forcefully mocked in print Gioseffo Zarlino’s pedantic dismissal of dissonance. But Michelagnolo would appear to have targeted an audience that preferred the French lute style, technically and expressively, to the more complex, sharply impassioned Italianate approach. He does on rare occasion in his toccatas move into an area of lofty melancholy, and the phrasing in several of his voltas playfully emphasizes the offbeat. But for the most part, the lute music gathered here is of the kind that charms with its simple tunefulness, its clean, two-part writing, and its elegant divisions.


Anthony Bailes illustrates the difference between Italian and French approaches in this music by adding five selections by Vincenzo. Polymnia will of course be best known, thanks to its inclusion in Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances , but several of the others illustrate better the more complex meters and sudden harmonic shifts of the Italian manner in lute music. These both contrast and complement the rest of the album.


As to Bailes himself, he studied first with the renowned Diana Poulton, and later, with Eugen Müller-Dombois. His tone is as clean as Galilei’s writing, and mercifully free of all attempts to ruminate and make too much of these simple, straightforward pieces. His phrasing is flexible and flows well, his tempos are energetic. Vincenzo’s more elaborate music is played with similar authority, and a suitable range of color. The sound, too, is excellent: close but slightly resonant, with no mechanical noise.


Definitely recommended. Those who seek greater complexity may want to seek out the music of Giovanni Kapsberger or Francesco da Milano, but there’s much to be said in favor of these pleasant miniatures, so deftly played.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for lute in F minor (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
2. Sonata for lute in B flat major (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
3. Alcun non può saper, for lute by Vincenzo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
4. Fantasia Terza, for lute by Vincenzo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
5. Sonata for lute in C minor (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
6. Sonata for lute in C major (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
7. Toccata for lute in D minor by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
8. Calliope by Vincenzo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Italy
9. Polymnia by Vincenzo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Italy
10. Urania by Vincenzo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
11. Sonata for lute in G major by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
12. Sonata for lute in A minor (from Primo Libro d'Intavolatura di Liuto) by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
13. Toccata for lute in F major by Michelagnolo Galilei
Performer: Anthony Bailes (Lute)
Period: Baroque
Written: 16th Century ;
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