The lute by Sixtus Rauwolf heard on this recording was probably built in the last decade of the sixteenth century. Some hundred years later, in 1715, it was converted to suit the musical tastes and demands of the baroque period. For this disc, Jakob Lindberg has chosen works that could have formed part of the repertory of the presumably German owner of the instrument at around the time of its final conversion.
For German lutenists from about the middle of the seventeenth century, it was France that provided the aesthetic and musical model, and towards the end of the century, when the lute rather suddenly and inexplicably dropped out of fashion in Paris certain French luthistes travelled abroad and met with great success in German-speaking lands. With them, they took their music and special traditions of lute-playing, evidence of which can be seen in the music of several of the German composers included here.
The disc closes with a suite of pieces by Silvius Leopold Weiss, the most famous lutenist of the baroque era. Weiss, Lindberg and the Rauwolf lute first crossed paths in 2006 on a highly acclaimed all-Weiss disc (BIS1524): ‘Too good to be true’ was the verdict in International Record Review while the reviewer in Goldberg Magazine wrote ‘As an evocation of the lute's magical qualities, this deserves to achieve cult status.’
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1. Esaias Reusner: Padoana
François Dufault: Lute Suite 2. Prélude 4. 3. Allemande 5. Courante "La superbe" 6. Courante 7. Sarabande 8. Gigue
9. Charles Mouton: Prelude, "La promenade" 10. Charles Mouton: Allemande, "La dialogue des graces sur Iris" 11. Charles Mouton: Canaries, "Le Mouton" 12. Charles Mouton: Courante, "La Changeante" 13. Charles Mouton: Gaillarde, "La Bizarre" 14. Charles Mouton: Sarabande, "La Mallassis" 15. Charles Mouton: Menute, "La Ganbade" 16. David Kellner: Campanella in D Major 17. David Kellner: Courante in D Major 18. David Kellner: Sarabande - Double in D Major 19. David Kellner: Aria in A Major 20. David Kellner: Giga in A Major 21. David Kellner: Gavotte in D Major
Anonymous: Lute Suite in F-Sharp Minor (attrib. to J. Pachelbel) 22. Allemande "L'amant mal content" 23. Courante "L'amant soulage" 24. Sarabande "L'amant soupirant" 25. Gigue "Raillerie des amans"
Silvius Leopold Weiss: Lute Suite in A Major 26. Prélude 27. Allemande 28. Courante 29. Bourrée 30. Sarabande 31. Menuet 32. Gigue 33. Ciacona