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Kapsberger: Libro Terzo d'Intavolatura di Chitarrone

By Claudio Nuzzo

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By Claudio Nuzzo and Diego Cantalupi. By Girolamo Kapsberger. Classical. CD. Naxos #MVC002009. Published by Naxos (NX.MVC002009).

Item Number: NX.MVC002009

Kapsberger is best remembered as a composer for Lute and Theorbo. At least six collections were published during his lifetime, two of which are currently lost. Kapsberger's writing is characterized, especially in Toccatas, by spontaneous changes, sharp contrasts, unusual rhythmic groupings and, sometimes, passages that do not conform to the rules of Counterpoint that were in use at the time. The vast majority of contemporary critics praised Kapsberger's compositional skill and innovations. Among them was Athanasius Kircher, who described Kapsberger as a ""superb genius"" and attested that he has ""successfully penetrated the secrets of music."" Also, Kapsberger's toccatas may have influenced those of Girolamo Frescobaldi much like French lute music would, some years later, influence Johann Jakob Froberger's suites. In this release Diego Cantalupi plays in the first world recording, Libro terzo d'intavolatura di chitarrone (1626), a recently rediscovered collection.

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