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Kapsberger: Libro Primo DIntavolatura Di Lauto (1611)

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Kapsberger: Libro Primo DIntavolatura Di Lauto (1611)
Kapsberger: Libro Primo DIntavolatura Di Lauto (1611)


Once again, Frank Bungarten has delved into the exciting history of guitar making, following the two previous projects, each of which was awarded an "Opus Klassik". Now it is the bowed guitar, equally impressive visually and acoustically, that the artist documents for the first time in a recording.

Jan Tulacek, a highly specialised restorer from Prague, built him an exact replica for this recording, based on Schenk's original from the Berlin Musical Instrument Museum, on which Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger's imaginative lute tablatures are opulently heard.

The bowed guitar is actually at home in the Biedermeier era. Its stringing as a 10-string third guitar, however, is perfectly suited to Kapsberger's music originally intended for Rennaissance lute. The body of this instrument is extended in a wide arc around the fingerboard and joins the pegbox at the end, resulting in striking resonances. The range and sonority are more reminiscent of keyboard instruments than a guitar.

During his lifetime, Kapsberger was regarded as a singular phenomenon in the papal Roman environment; for his lute lessons, he is said to have demanded - and received - twice as much in fees as his colleagues.

In Frank Bungarten's interpretation, especially on this exquisite instrument, his work sounds new and unheard of; the finely balanced Super Audio CD also provides an overwhelmingly direct and spatial listening impression.


  1. Name
  2. Toccata 5
  3. Gagliarda 12
  4. Corrente 5
  5. Toccata 3
  6. Gagliarda 1
  7. Corrente 1
  8. Gagliarda 6
  9. Corrente 3
  10. Toccata 1
  11. Gagliarda 9
  12. Corrente 6
  13. Gagliarda 4
  14. Corrente 11
  15. Toccata 7
  16. Gagliarda 3
  17. Corrente 10
  18. Toccata 2
  19. Gagliarda 11
  20. Corrente 9
  21. Toccata 4
  22. Gagliarda 8
  23. Corrente 12
  24. Gagliarda 2
  25. Corrente 2
  26. Toccata 6
  27. Gagliarda 5
  28. Corrente 7
  29. Toccata 8
  30. Gagliarda 7
  31. Corrente 8
  32. Gagliarda 10
  33. Corrente 4
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