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Italian Lute Virtuoso of the Renaissance - Jakob Lindberg

Italian Lute Virtuoso of the Renaissance - Jakob Lindberg

BIS  BIS-2202

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental


Francesco da Milano: Fantasia 34 ‘La Compagna’; Ricercar 3; Ricercar 51; Fantasia 15; Fantasia 22; Fantasia 66; Fantasia 55; Fantasia 33
Arcadelt: Quanta belta
Richafort: De mon triste desplaisir
Sermisy: Tu discois que je mourroye
Marco dall’Aquila: Ricercar 30; Ricercar 32; Ricercar 33; Saltarello ‘La Traditora’; Fantasia 19a
Josquin: In te Domine speravi; Plus nulz regrets
Janequin: Nous bergier; Or vien ça vien
Passereau: Il est bel et bon
Alberto da Mantova: Pavan ‘La Romanesca’; Fantasia 20; Fantasia 13; Fantasia 163
Festa: O passi sparsi

Jakob Lindberg (six-course lute)


The lute flourished for more than five hundred years, until its decline towards the end of the eighteenth century, and for large parts of that time it was the most important instrument in all of Western music. One such golden period was the 1500s, and some of the most exciting developments, at least during the beginning of the century, took place in Italy. These included the first instances of printed lute music as well as changes to the instrument itself, but also the emergence of virtuoso players who also composed for the lute.

On this disc Jakob Lindberg, one of the great lutenists of our time, pays tribute to three colleagues from 600 years ago: Francesco da Milano, Marco dall’Aquila and Alberto da Mantova. All three were famed performers: da Milano was employed by three successive popes, and da Mantova was for some 20 years the best-paid of all the lutenists at the royal court in France, where he was known as Albert de Rippe. They also composed, with dall’Aquila – the oldest of the three – famously receiving in 1505 a 10-year privilege from the doge of Venice to publish lute music. During this period, lute music fell into three broad categories: fantasias (or ricercars), intabulations (arrangements of vocal music) and dances.

For his generous recital, Lindberg has selected 26 pieces from these categories, ordering them in seven suites for the greatest possible variety. Jakob Lindberg features on some 35 discs in the BIS catalogue, and the latest offering fits in well with earlier releases such as his survey of Jacobean Lute Music (BIS-2055), named an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and a programme of Italian music for chitarrone (BIS-1899), described as ‘an outstanding release’ in Classical Guitar Magazine.

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Comment by William Hecht - December 1, 2016 (1 of 1)

What a wonderful disc this is. As one of the world's premier lutenists Jakob Lindberg needs no introduction, but I admit that none of the music was previously known to me, and it's really beautiful stuff. Lindberg writes in his program note about the potential of this music to draw this listener in, to redirect thoughts and feelings. It's true, and it's the perfect way to end a difficult day. The gorgeous BIS recording and Lindberg's virtuosity on the six course lute combine to create an interesting effect, the illusion that more than one instrumentalist is playing part of the time. It's quite uncanny. Listen late at night with the lights out and allow yourself to be transported to the doge's palace. Bravo!