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Teatro Lirico Import

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Teatro Lirico is the ECM leader debut of American lutenist Stephen Stubbs. The album features a diverse and multifaceted early music program connecting historically informed performance with improvisation. It offers a traditional early music instrumentation with four highly informed and accomplished early music interpreters: Milos Valent - violin, viola, Maxine Eilander - Spanish and Italian harps, Erin Headley - viola da gamba, lirone and Stephen Stubbs - baroque guitar, chitarrone. The immediately appealing sets of Italian "La Folia" variations, both virtuosic and grand, are interspersed with stylistically assured improvisations on the "Folia" bass line. Originating in Portugal and Spain and later known in France as "folies d'espagne," the "Folia" variations over characteristic chord patterns started as mere dance accompaniments and harmonic basis for song, but in the early 17th century developed into a musical form allowing the musicians, especially the guitarists, to display their virtuosity. In the recording process with ECM producer Manfred Eicher, the improvisational element came more to the fore not only in the typical baroque way of ornamenting and embellishing given melodies and chords, but as spontaneous and highly individual sets of new variations over the "Folia" bass line.

About the Artist

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Stephen Stubbs (born 1951) is a lutenist and director and has been a leading figure in the European early music scene for nearly thirty years. He was born in Seattle and studied harpsichord and composition at the University of Washington where, at the same time, he began to play the lute. He left America after graduation to study the instrument in England and Holland giving his debut concert in London's Wigmore Hall in 1976. Since 1981 Stubbs has been teaching at the Musikhochschule Bremen in Germany where he is currently holding a post as professor. He has performed extensively with his ensembles Tragicomedia and Teatro Lirico, and conducted baroque opera worldwide. He recorded numerous LPs and CDs with famous other Ensembles like Hilliard Ensemble or with Andrew Lawrence-King. Moving to Seattle in 2006, he has established a program there for young professional singers called Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera. He is artistic co-director of the Boston Early Music Festival.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Corelli: Sonata "Follia" Op.5, No.12: AdagioMaxine Eilander 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Stubbs: Improvisation I on the Folia bassMaxine Eilander 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Caccini: Amarilli, mia bella (1601)Maxine Eilander 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cazzati: Balletto Quarto: AdaggioMaxine Eilander 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Anonymous: Folia variations for harp soloMaxine Eilander 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stubbs: Improvisation II on the Folia bassMaxine Eilander 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Farina: Sonata Seconda detta la DesperataMaxine Eilander10:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Granata: Sonata di Chittarra, e Violino, con il suo Basso ContinuoMaxine Eilander 8:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Corelli: Sonata Op.5, No.10: SarabandaMaxine Eilander 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Foscarini: Aria della Fulia variata (con parti variati)Maxine Eilander 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Anonymous: SuiteMaxine Eilander15:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Stubbs: Arpeggiata a mio modo (2004)Stephen Stubbs 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000E0LB9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Siegel on September 10, 2006
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Neither the title nor the cover art give away the fact that this new CD contains some extremely beautiful and subtle music in the renaissance and early baroque style. With four stringed instruments, Stephen Stubbs and Teatro Lirico have a surprising fullness of sound and a lovely style. I bought this CD for its interpretations of the traditional dance "La Folia", and I was not disappointed. The second track, entitled "Improvisation I", is the best set of Folia variations I have ever heard, with great respect paid to the tradition of this great theme, but with many touches that are pleasing to the modern ear. There are three other tracks of Folia variations, and many other pieces as well, all of which are superb.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vanilor on April 11, 2009
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This CD features music by a number of early Baroque composers, including Corelli and Caccini. The music is arranged for an ensemble variously consisting of violin, viola, Spanish and Italian harps, viola da gamba, lirone, Baroque guitar, and chitarrone. The pieces are generally quite melancholy and seem to have been inspired by the works of John Dowland. Every piece is quite beautiful - the emotion and musicality are unmatched. The CD closes with a short piece for solo baroque guitar, written and played by Stephen Stubbs - it's amazing how well he can write this style of music and not have it sound derivative.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Can Cal D on November 4, 2010
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This cd is a nice addition if you enjoy baroque music. I would describe it as "modern baroque with a bit of twist." There are a couple of pieces that sound Spanish and Irish. I would have preferred if they'd stuck with a more traditional baroque theme throughout,instead of getting "world music" on me, but the mood stays consistent, so it isn't jarring and makes for an easy listen. The musicianship is wonderful.
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