The pieces presented here were chosen from the collection of a Roman manuscript from the first half of the 17th century known as the Chigi manuscript. By nature multiple and sometimes sketched, these pieces reflect an art of improvisation as a natural practice for musicians of that time.
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Liquide Perle: Music for Harp & Theorbo
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1. A compilation of toccatas, dances, improvisations, and variations on popular tunes composed by Frescobaldi and Anonymous composers, written for the harp and theorbo
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By Daniel O'donnell on April 14, 2013
This review is from a copy provided by a friend, who acquired it via Amazon, and who complained the inserts provided little information. First, we need to clarify the source. The selections are from the "Chigi manuscript of the first half of the 17th c.": the Chigi collection is stored at the Vatican Library, and contains a variety of writings. The particular manuscript used for this recording is NOT the Flanders 1498-1503 Chigi ms. C.VIII.234 that contains Ockeghem, Agricola, Baumel, Busnois, des Prez, Compere et al. This is from another ms. in the collection that contains 17th c. keyboard compositions, especially works by Girolamo Frescobaldi d1643, and dance tunes, and other material. In fact, the sources are Italian and German, and written not only for keyboards, but also for guitar and lute. Nor is this CD to be confused with one of the same title of works of Giovanni Antonio Terzi on the E Lucevan Le Stelle label 2001 w a soprano and two lutenists. Although this CD was recorded in August 2006, and versions were available in Europe at least back in September 2011, it was not released, on the Flora label, until last week in April of 2013. The title is apparently from a "greatest hit" by madrigalist Luca Marenzio in his Primo Libro, and was reworked and circulated extensively: it refers to tears (although a subtle reading of the lyric hints at body fluid of another, male, kind. Let's not go there.). The duo is Giovanna Pessi, arpa doppia, who has played harp since she was seven years old, and Eduardo Eguez, theorbo / guitar, of Buenos Aries, who also had an early start. Both studied at the renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and both are accomplished recording and performing artists with long and worthy catalogues. Now to the point: is this CD worth acquiring and listening to?Read more ›
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