Dall’Aquila - La Battaglia: Music for Lute Vol.2 | Brilliant Classics 95261

Dall’Aquila - La Battaglia: Music for Lute Vol.2

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95261

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th December 2016

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About

The music on this album has its origins in an exciting moment of the history of the lute. It stands at the crossroads of an evolving technique: from performance primarily using a plectrum, to the use of the fingers of the right hand alongside the plectrum, to fingers alone. It was also a moment of innovation in the notation of music: tablature dates from this period, a simple but ingenious method of representing the strings. Into this period of rapid and exciting development came Marco Dall’Aquila, one of Italy’s most prominent lutenists of the time. Dall’Aquila was one of the forerunners of tablature, petitioning the Doge of Venice for permission to print and sell his tablature, marketed at those unable to read traditionally notated music. Although little of Dall’Aquila’s printed music survives, it reached the Herwarth manuscripts in Munich, where much of it remains today. Since then, a comprehensive corpus of Dall’Aquila’s music has been printed by The Lute Society, and this recording is based on that 2014 edition by Denys Stephens and John Robinson, with personal edits made by the artist.

Sandro Volta is an experienced performer of Renaissance and Baroque lute repertoire. He has already made several recordings for Brilliant Classics, including music for lute by Francesco Da Milano, Dall’Aquila’s main rival. This CD is the second volume of Dall’Aquila’s lute music; the first (94805) was described as ‘immaculate’ by MusicWeb International. Listeners looking to explore beyond the established figures of Italian Renaissance lute music will find much to satisfy them with this album.

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