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La Mascarade: Music For Solo Baroque Guitar And Theorbo

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La Mascarade: Music For Solo Baroque Guitar And Theorbo
La Mascarade: Music For Solo Baroque Guitar And Theorbo


In this wonderful solo album, Norwegian early music performer Rolf Lislevand turns his attention to the music of two composers from the court of Louis XIV: Robert de Visée (c. 1655-1732) and the Italian-born Francesco Corbetta (c. 1615-1681), and plays their masterpieces with historical awareness and an inventiveness which belongs to the tradition. De Visée wrote about playing what the instruments themselves called for, advice Lislevand takes to heart, adding improvised introductions to passacaglias from both composers. He uses two contrasting instruments here, the small Baroque guitar with its sparkling, crystal-clear sonorities and the theorbo, the dark-toned and earthy king of the lutes. In his fascinating liner notes, Lislevand reminds us that 17th century instrumental performance was often an intimate affair, with lutenists frequently playing to a dozen privileged listeners. The physical presence of the instruments and that sense of intimacy are recaptured by Manfred Eicher's production of La Mascarade, made at Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo.


  1. Name
  2. Robert de Visee: Prélude en ré mineur
  3. De Visee: Passacaille en ré mineur
  4. De Visee: Les Sylvains de Mr. Couperin
  5. Rolf Lislevand: Intro
  6. Francesco Corbetta: Passacaille en sol mineur
  7. De Visee: Prélude en la mineur
  8. De Visee: La Mascarade, Rondeau
  9. Corbetta: Partie de Chaconne en ut majeur
  10. Corbetta: Sarabanda per la B
  11. De Visee: Chaconne en la mineur
  12. Corbetta: Caprice de Chaconne
  13. De Visee: Chaconne en sol majeur
  14. Corbetta: Folie
  15. De Visee: La Muzette, Rondeau
  16. Rolf Lislevand: Intro
  17. De Visee: Passacaille en si mineur
  18. Rolf Lislevand: Exit Passacaille en si mineur
  19. De Visee: Sarabande en si mineur
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