Ambrosini & Kapsberger: Secret Pages

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Label: Arcana
Catalog: A541

Maiorana, Stefano; Anonymous

Io, Kapsberger nato in Venetia.... "I, Kapsberger, born in Venice..." Works by the famous theorbo virtuoso Kapsberger have often been recorded, but little space has so far been given to repertoire drawn directly from manuscript sources. Kapsberger maintained a privileged relationship with his city of birth throughout his life. The Venice of Willaert, Gabrieli and Monteverdi, however, is not just a magnificent past: it is still alive today and continues its musical tradition in the so-called Second Venetian School of Malipiero, Maderna, Nono and whose most recent protagonist is Claudio Ambrosini (1948-), winner of the Prix de Rome and the Leone d'Oro at the Venice Biennale, whose works have already been recorded, among others, on the Kairos and Stradivarius labels. Kapsberger, Segret Pages reveals an astonishing instrumental challenge between lesser-known works by Kapsberger in which we admire ideas and creative intuition, and Ambrosini's unpublished works, which contain equal amount of creativity and unexpected possibilities for the instrument. Stefano Maiorana is a Kapsberger specialist who has already published a critically acclaimed monograph on the composer; Entre dos almas, his recent album for baroque guitar, has been equally successful.

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