Piccinini: Lute Music

Piccinini: Lute Music
Composer Niccolo Piccinni
Artist Francesca Torelli chitarrone
Luciano Còntini lute
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93353
EAN code 5028421933535
Release April 2007

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Alessandro Piccinini is best known for his two volumes of lute music: Intavolatura di Liuto et di Chitarrone, libro primo (Bologna, 1623) and Intavolaturo di Liuto (Bologna, 1639), the latter published posthumusly by his son Leonardo Maria Piccinini. The 1623 collection is of particular importance because of Piccinini's lengthy preface, which includes a detailed manual on performance, as well as claims to have invented the archlute (Piccinini also made important modifications to the chitarrone). Piccinini concentrated on toccatas, courantes and galliards, as well as different kinds of variations.

On this release, both instruments are alternated, demonstrating their difference especially in sonority. The music is from the first and second books of intabulations by Piccinini. The first one also contains some 30 ‘notes’ or instructions about how to play the lute, which have become more famous than the music itself.

Most of the works recorded here are in an improvisatory style, including some slow introductory chords. The fact that they were written down gives some insight into performance practices of the 17th century.

An unusual complete recording of music by one of the pillars of Italian lute music played by two dedicated renaissance and baroque specialists.

Other information:
- www.continiconsort.com
- www.francescatorelli.com

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata IIII
  2. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente III
  3. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Partite variate sopra la Folia aria Romanesca
  4. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Passacaglia
  5. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente X
  6. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata III cromatica
  7. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Partite variate sopra quesia francese detta emana
  8. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente VI sopra emana
  9. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata IIII
  10. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Aria IIII
  11. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Gagliarda XI
  12. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata XII
  13. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente IIII
  14. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente V
  15. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata II
  16. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Aria I affettuosa
  17. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata VI
  18. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente I
  19. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente II
  20. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata cromatica XII
  21. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente III
  22. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente VI
  23. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Toccata X
  24. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Corrente X
  25. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book I: Gagliarda III

Disk 2

  1. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Toccata III
  2. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente IV
  3. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Battaglia
  4. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Toccata VI
  5. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente VIII
  6. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Gagliarda III
  7. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Aria di Fiorenza
  8. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente I
  9. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente VI
  10. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Gagliarda II
  11. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Ricercar I
  12. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Sarabanda alla francese
  13. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente I (senza canto)
  14. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente IX
  15. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Passacaglia
  16. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente IV
  17. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Gagliarda I
  18. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Toccata VIII
  19. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente II
  20. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Corrente VII
  21. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Gagliarda IV
  22. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Calasone
  23. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Bergamasco
  24. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Ciaccona Mariona
  25. Intabulations for lute and chitarrone, Books I and II, Book II: Ciaccona