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Italian Virtuosi of the Chitarrone

Composer Bellerofonte Castaldi
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger
Alessandro Piccinini
Performer Jakob Lindberg
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-1899 CD
EAN 7318590018996
Format CD
Release date Jul 2012
Total time 74'10 "Jakob Lindberg macht seinem Ruf als exzellentem Lautenisten alle Ehre – auch auf der Chitarrone ist sein Spiel von berückender Schönheit… herausragenden Gesamteindruck…“

Its overall length (upwards of 160 cm) and great number of strings (up to 16 courses) makes the chitarrone one of the more spectacular instruments of the early baroque. The name probably means ‘large kithara’, after the instrument played by the Classical Greek poets, and it was first developed as a bass lute in order to accompany singing and recitative – indeed it appears to have become the favourite instrument in Italy for accompanying the voice by 1600. It also enjoyed a short-lived but rich flowering as a solo instrument, however, to which the three virtuosi of the album title all contributed greatly, as performers as well as composers. Between 1604 and 1640, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (also known as Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger), Alessandro Piccinini and Bellerofonte Castaldi published a number of collections of chitarrone music, from which Jakob Lindberg has chosen some favourite dances, arias, toccatas and passacaglias. Combined into seven suites, they provide rich opportunity to enjoy the particular timbre and the special playing techniques of this splendid instrument, the chitarrone. Highly regarded both for his live performances and his many recordings, Jakob Lindberg has a long-standing interest in the many varieties of lutes, including lute mandorée, orpharion and archlute, and has now dedicated himself to researching their relative – research which informs both the performances and Lindberg’s own liner notes.
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  Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger
  from Book I (Arpeggiata) and Book 4 13'58
01 Arpeggiata 2'06
02 Canzona I 3'37
03 Bergamasca 2'51
04 Canario 1'19
05 Passacaglia 4'05
  Bellerofonte Castaldi
  Selected works 6'04
06 Fantasia detta Pegasea 2'51
07 Arpesca gagliarda 2'07
08 Cecchina corrente 1'06
  Alessandro Piccinini
  Selected works 10'35
09 Toccata cromatica 3'08
10 Romanesca con partite variate 6'14
11 Corrente I 1'13
  Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger
  from Book 3 10'39
12 Toccata VII 2'26
13 Gagliarda con due partite 5'12
14 Corrente I con partita 3'01
  Alessandro Piccinini
  Selected works  8'00
15 Toccata XIII 2'11
16 Partite variate sopra la Folia aria romanesca 2'21
17 Aria di fiorenze 2'15
18 Corrente II 1'13
  Bellerofonte Castaldi
  Selected works  11'32
19 Arpeggiata a mio modo 2'50
20 Cromatica corrente 1'59
21 La Follia 5'05
22 Furiosa corrente 1'38
  Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger
  from Book 4 10'31
23 Preludio V 0'59
24 Toccata VII 3'46
25 Capona 1'26
26 Colascione 1'31
27 Kapsperger 2'49
  Album total 74'10
ChitarroneLindberg, Jakob
ComposerCastaldi, Bellerofonte
Kapsperger, Giovanni Girolamo
Piccinini, Alessandro
ConductorLindberg, Jakob

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