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Sonate Al Pizzico and Alfabeto

17th-century instrumental music with Stephen Stubbs and Maxine Eilander (ATMA), and Rolf Lislevand with Ensemble Kapsberger (Astree).

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Photo: Francesca Pfeffer

Rolf Lislevand in a recording session.

Lutenist Stephen Stubbs and harpist Maxine Eilander are two luminaries in Early Music, often appearing with many world-class ensembles. Their 2004 ATMA recording entitled Sonate Al Pizzico showcases their talents as a duo.

The program is drawn from the guitar, theorbo, harp, and harpsichord repertoire of the 17th Century, all beautifully performed with great energy and poetry.

Emilio de’ Cavalieri: Ballo del Gran Duca
Stephen Stubbs, guitar and theorbo, and Maxine Eilander, harp — Sonate Al Pizzico (ATMA, 2004)
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Rolf Lislevand’s 2001 Astree recording with Ensemble Kapsberger of 17th-century guitar music is a definite classic. The CD focuses on the works of Francesco Corbetta and is delivered with a crossover feel, somewhere in between the baroque of three-and-a-half centuries ago and today’s world music.

Francesco Corbetta: Corrente nouvo inventione per la B
Rolf Lislevand, guitar, and Ensemble Kapsberger — Alfabeto (Astree, 2001)
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Emilio de’ Cavalieri: Ballo del Gran Duca
Stephen Stubbs, guitar and theorbo, and Maxine Eilander, harp — Sonate Al Pizzico (ATMA, 2004)
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Francesco Corbetta: Chiacona
Stephen Stubbs, guitar and theorbo, and Maxine Eilander, harp — Sonate Al Pizzico (ATMA, 2004)
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Francesco Corbetta: Corrente nouvo inventione per la B
Rolf Lislevand, guitar, and Ensemble Kapsberger — Alfabeto (Astree, 2001)
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Francesco Corbetta: Caprice di ciacona per la B
Rolf Lislevand, guitar, and Ensemble Kapsberger — Alfabeto (Astree, 2001)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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