Jonas Nordberg

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger: Intavolatura di Chitarone

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Even though Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger was German by birth, he spent most of his life in Italy, where he was known as Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, and his publications appeared in Venice and Rome under the latter name. Kapsberger contributed much to the development of music for lute and theorbo (also called the chitarrone), and his toccatas, passacaglias, galliards, and other pieces modeled after Baroque dance forms influenced later keyboard composers. The difficulty of assessing Kapsberger's reputation comes from squaring his widely acknowledged virtuosity as a performer with his inadequacy as a composer, which perplexed a few of his contemporaries and is generally conceded by modern scholars. Without following the scores, one might be convinced of Kapsberger's cleverness and natural affinity for the instrument's vibrant sonorities, even though he was inconsistent in using his ideas to their fullest, creating the impression that his music was more freely improvisational than he might have intended. Jonas Nordberg displays consummate skill on the theorbo and makes this 2019 BIS album worth hearing on the strength of his seemingly effortless playing. BIS gives this hybrid SACD intimate sound and a noise-free environment, which makes every note audible.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
From Libro quarto d'intavolatura di chitarone, Roma 1640
1 06:42 Amazon
2 03:57 Amazon
3 01:36 Amazon
4 03:43 Amazon
From Libro quarto
5 02:54 Amazon
6 03:26 Amazon
7 01:32 Amazon
8 02:43 Amazon
Aria di Fiorenza from Libro primo d'intavolatura di chitarone, Venezia 1604
9 01:20 Amazon
10 01:14 Amazon
11 01:12 Amazon
12 01:08 Amazon
13 01:15 Amazon
14 01:15 Amazon
15 01:18 Amazon
16 01:12 Amazon
17 01:08 Amazon
18 01:08 Amazon
From Libro quarto
19 01:40 Amazon
20 03:35 Amazon
21 02:13 Amazon
From Libro primo
22 01:58 Amazon
23 01:24 Amazon
24 01:44 Amazon
Ballo primo from Libro quarto
25 00:56 Amazon
26 00:56 Amazon
27 01:23 Amazon
28 01:22 Amazon
29 02:36 Amazon
30 08:08 Amazon
31 02:54 Amazon
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