I'm going to take a little break from Arnell posts; the reason being I'm not a fan of posting my entire collection of any composer consecutively, it's a bit tedious and needless to say listeners are free to choose to listen to any of my shares at any given time, and it's doubtful that many of you will sit there and have an "Arnell festival" for hours straight. Even great music 'overloads' if it's played in a marathon style, "too much of a good thing" ;) It's more exciting for me to mix it up and I hope more interesting for all of you to have a level of variety coming your way. So, on to the music..
Little is known of Marco Dall’Aquila. His name appears sporadically in the letters of contemporaries, all of whom praise his talents as a lutenist and theoretician. Brilliant Classics has done a fine service by giving us an opportunity to listen to his music; it's extremely well-crafted, beautiful, and if one is a lover of lute or guitar music I think this release will be thrice as delightful. It is thought that Dall'Aquila was born in 1480 and died in 1544, and therefore his period of composition spanned two vastly different periods in the life of lute music: towards the end of the Middle Ages-at the end of the 1400s-the monodic use of the plectrum was the respected practice, whereas during the 1540s, the period of the instrument's greatest vogue, a complex polyphony and simultaneous use of an increased number of strings was the favoured approach. Dall'Aquila's music acts as a bridge between these two styles.
The repertoire on this disc contains Ricercars, Fantasias and a number of dance forms, conjuring up the atmosphere of the courts and palaces in which this stately and noble music must have resounded.
Why Brilliant Classics chose to offer only 49 minutes(!) of music I don't understand, there's plenty more music by Dall’Aquila out there. Oh well.
Sandro Volta is a specialist of Italian Renaissance-Baroque lute music, and clearly, as you will hear,
one of the finest lutenists living today.
-I am keeping the files lossless as it's only 221mb altogether. Still, the last two tracks I am posting in a separate link (Zshare has a 200mb limit)
Enjoy ye explorers..