Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Ballard - Premier livre de luth 1611 - Kolb

Rating: 4/5

Very enjoyable

This is a very enjoyable disc of Late Renaissance/Early Baroque lute music.

Robert Ballard is a new composer to me. The music is rewarding; it doesn’t have the emotional intensity of Dowland, say, nor the inventiveness of Kapsberger, but it has an elegant charm which makes it well worth listening to. Robert Kalb (also new to me) is plainly a fine lutenist who handles some pretty virtuosic passages with no hint of strain and gives the music a refined grace which suits it very well.

The recorded sound is very good and I can recommend this disc warmly.