Ars longa: Old and new music for theorbo (CD)

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Artist:
Elizabeth Kenny

Ars longa see theorbo specialist Elizabeth Kenny perform a typically inventive recital of diverse repertoire spanning five centuries. The theorbo’s eccentric appearance and tuning belies its expressive and delicate qualities; its versatility extends to beautiful melodies, experimental harmonies and a wonderfully resonant bass. The recital takes the listener from the early avant-garde repertoire for the instrument of Kapsperger and Piccinini to the new and imaginative sounds explored by today’s composers. Taken from his 2011 work Since it was the day of preparation… James MacMillan’s motet is a haunting and melancholy piece in which the theorbo acts as an emblem of human fragility and sadness. Benjamin Oliver wrote Extending from the inside specifically for Kenny, who relishes the unique challenge of combining elements of funk guitar with the Baroque tradition of ground bass. Kenny also inspired Nico Muhly’s Berceuse, a piece which exploits the unconventional tuning system and expressive possibilities of the theorbo to powerful effect.

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Reviews:

The Observer

"She frames the premieres with toccatas that sound like improvisations, hypnotic chaconnes that weave around repeated bass lines, and Robert de Visée’s lovely tribute to his fellow Frenchman, Les Sylvains de Mr Couperin."

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Tracklisting:

Alessandro Piccinini (1566-c.1638)
1. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Toccata III
2. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Toccata X
3. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Ciaconna
4. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Romanesca con partite variate

Sir James MacMillan (b.1959)
5. Since It Was the Day of Preparation…: I. Motet 1

Alessandro Piccinini (1566-c.1638)
6. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Corrente
7. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Toccata XII
8. Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, 1623: Romanesca folia con variate

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (c.1580-1651)
9. Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarrone, 1640: Canario – Capona
10. Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarrone, 1640: Toccata prima
11. Libro quarto d’intavolatura di chitarrone, 1640: Passacaglia

Benjamin Oliver (b.1981)
12. Extending from the inside

Robert de Visée (c.1655-c.1732)
13. Suite in C Minor: I. Prélude en C sol ut mineur
14. Suite in C Minor: II. La Plainte, ou Tombeau de Mesdemoiselles de Visée, Allemande de Mr. leur père
15. Suite in C Minor: III. Courante
16. Suite in C Minor: IV. Sarabande
17. Suite in C Minor: V. Gigue
18. Prélude en G re sol majeur
19. Les Sylvains de Mr. Couperin

Nico Muhly (b.1981)
20. Berceuse with Seven Variations: I. Cycle
21. Berceuse with Seven Variations: II. First Berceuse
22. Berceuse with Seven Variations: III. Second Berceuse
23. Berceuse with Seven Variations: IV. Scattershot
24. Berceuse with Seven Variations: V. Lilt
25. Berceuse with Seven Variations: VI. Stutter
26. Berceuse with Seven Variations: VII. Coda