Two Lutes with Grace: Plectrum Lute Duos of the Late 15th C. / Lewon, Kieffer, Newcombe

Release Date: 3/13/2020
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8573854
Performer: Marc Lewon
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The plectrum lute duo was one of the most popular ensembles for professional instrumentalists in late 15th-century Western Europe. This recording presents for the first time the bulk of a surviving repertoire that can arguably be considered for the lute duo, performed on two equal plectrum lutes or with a combination of lute and gittern- a smaller member of the lute family. The album, inspired by the Ferrarese virtuoso Pietrobono dal Chitarino (c. 1417-1497), acclaimed in his lifetime as ‘the foremost lutenist in the world,’ includes the earliest printed lute duos by Francesco Spinacino and Joan Ambrosio Dalza and the two-voice instrumental works by Johannes Tinctoris. The often highly ornamented instrumental duos are mostly reworkings of songs, some of which are given here in a performance with the singer Grace Newcombe to provide the context for the lute arrangements that follow.

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REVIEWS:

Marc Lewon and Paul Kieffer make a marvellous duo, with a lot of passages of truly mind-blowing skill and speed. They have assembled the repertory in glorious performances.

– Gramophone

Here we have a lovely collection of the earliest surviving repertoire for lute duo, some of it also for voice. This is a very enjoyable programme and an opportunity to hear fine performances of music few are likely to be familiar with.

– Lark Reviews
Works on This Recording
1. La Bernardina by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
1. De tous biens playne by Roelkin
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
2. Duo sans Titre by Alexander Agricola
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
2. Comme femme by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
3. Calata, for 2 lutes by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
3. Fortune alas [Perugia, Biblioteca Comunale Augusta, MS 1013 (M 36)] by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
4. J'ay pris amours by Johannes Martini
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ;
4. So ys enprentyd by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
5. J'ay pris amours by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
5. Duo [Perugia, Biblioteca Comunale Augusta, MS 1013 (M 36)] by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
6. Jay pris amours by Francesco Spinacino
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
7. La Spagna by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon, Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
9. Je ne fay by Francesco Spinacino
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
10. Comme femme desconfortee by Gilles Binchois
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
11. Comme femme desconfortée by Alexander Agricola
Performer: Marc Lewon, Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Lowlands
12. Fecit potentiam by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
13. Fortune alas by John Bedyngham
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
14. Fortuna desperata by Francesco Spinacino
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1507 ; Italy
15. Le souvenir by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon, Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
16. Intabulatura de lauto, libro primo: Juli amours by Francesco Spinacino
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1507 ; Italy
17. So ys emprentid by Walter Frye
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
18. Tout a par moy by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
19. Saltarello by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
20. Piva, for 2 lutes by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
21. D'ung aultre amer by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
22. De tous biens playne by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon, Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
23. De tous biens by Francesco Spinacino
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
24. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino by Alexander Agricola
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
25. Mit ganczem Willen by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
26. Mit ganzem Willen wünsch ich dir by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
27. De tous biens playne by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Marc Lewon (Glittern)
Period: Renaissance
28. De tous biens by Francesco Spinacino
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
Period: Renaissance
29. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino by Alexander Agricola
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
30. Mit ganczem Willen by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
31. Mit ganzem Willen wünsch ich dir by Anonymous
Performer: Marc Lewon (Lute)
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