Monday, 11 November 2019

Camerlohe - Solo per la Gallichone - Eglhuber

Rating: 4/4

Enjoyable lute music

This is an enjoyable disc. Camerlohe was a new composer to me; his music is amiable and listenable, but not all that memorable, I think. However, Christoph Eglhuber and his chamber ensemble play it very well so that it has genuine charm and some musical depth.

I suspect that this is a disc for lute lovers like me rather than being of more general appeal, but it is good to have these pieces available and played with skill and commitment. It’s a worthwhile release which is well worth a try.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Kapsberger - Virtu e nobilita - Jacobs

Rating: 5/5

An excellent disc

This is an excellent addition to the available recordings of Kapsberger.

Concentrating on the works Kapsberger composed for Pope Urban VIII, Fred Jacobs has produced a disc full of beautiful sound and also of genuinely fine music. Kapsberger’s trademark eccentric musical quirks are here, of course, but there is also a great deal of lovely, more conventional music. Jacobs is a fine player and the recording is excellent so Jacobs’s theorbo sounds wonderful throughout. The whole thing is a pleasure; there are a number of excellent recordings of Kapsberger available (most notably for me by Paul O’Dette) and this stands well with them. Warmly recommended.