Bright & Early

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Label: NVV
Catalog: E7545

Smith, Hopkinson

The “supreme poet of the lute” (Gramophone) Hopkinson Smith creates a subtle, intimate dialogue between Dalza and Spinacino, witnesses of the instrument’s flourishing culture in Italy at the dawn of the 16th century. Hopkinson Smith, that indefatigable pioneer for over forty years, eager hunter of the most distant scores and defender of restoring often-obscure manuscripts, will stop at nothing in his exploration and revival of the huge repertoire of his instrument. In this recording, his art, underpinned by a vast historic knowledge together with a profound faith in intuition, examines the first music printed for the lute, and some of the first sources for the instrument to have reached us. In a perfectly symmetrical programme structured around a central piece by Marchetto Cara, the Swiss-American lutenist intertwines pieces inspired from popular dance by Joan Ambrosio Dalza and several free-form ricercari by Francesco Spinacino, taken from collections of tablatures published in Venice in 1507 and 1508.

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