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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #480 on: April 11, 2020, 10:56:41 AM »
Here is a question for the cognoscenti:

To me, in general, the guitar seems very dry and boring harmonically compared to the lute, theorbo, and such earlier instruments, as well as the modern ukelele. All of these sound harmonically much richer, sweeter, and more melodious to my ears. Why is this? Is there much of a difference in tuning systems--or is it something else? (Outside of very few favorite guitarists such as Joe Pass, Johnny Smith, and the world of flamenco, I find the guitar--both acoustic and electric--to be a pretty big bore.)

Guitars can make only 4 notes simultaneously at maximum. Besides, four fingers can play only limited choice of notes and movement. However, acoustic guitars, made by cedar or spruce, can maximize significant variation in tone. Some recordings proffer dark, decadent atmosphere generated by nylon guitars. Overall, Guitar may sound colorful when it is played for a single-note melody like violin or horns, rather than multi-notes like piano.

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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #481 on: June 05, 2020, 03:10:54 AM »
I'm not sure if I posted this - I thought I did but I don't see it now. Anyway:
I've been listening to Paul O'Dette's Dowland series. For a long time I didn't get into Dowland but now I can experience how wonderful his lute music is. And, though O'Dette's recordings are a bit old, they sound great.
So, what about other Dowland recordings like Lindberg? What should I hear and what should I be listening for also? I'm not sure how to understand the differences in approaches to lute music.

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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #482 on: June 05, 2020, 10:20:14 AM »
What should I hear


Mike Flentross.
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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #483 on: June 05, 2020, 10:31:10 AM »
I'm not sure how to understand the differences in approaches to lute music.


One thing I like to think about is how they use the silences, do they make it flow forward or do they enjoy the resonances.
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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #484 on: June 05, 2020, 10:58:41 AM »
I'm not sure if I posted this - I thought I did but I don't see it now. Anyway:
I've been listening to Paul O'Dette's Dowland series. For a long time I didn't get into Dowland but now I can experience how wonderful his lute music is. And, though O'Dette's recordings are a bit old, they sound great.
So, what about other Dowland recordings like Lindberg? What should I hear and what should I be listening for also? I'm not sure how to understand the differences in approaches to lute music.


I have Nigel North's complete Dowland and some of O'D'ette's, and I like both.
To my mind O'Dette is the bolder, lively and expressive approach.
North is a bit more low key, but also more poetic and expresses more of Dowland's melancholy.
Lindberg I don't like, I find it detached and static, unengaging.

Outside the complete cycles I have been pleasantly surprised by Anthony Rooley.

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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #485 on: June 17, 2020, 03:36:46 AM »


New Marco DALL’AQUILA recording by Lukas Henning

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Re: Recordings for lute and related instruments
« Reply #486 on: June 24, 2020, 07:17:51 PM »

I’m really enjoying this. Bream’s lute is different though. It doesn’t sound like the lutes I hear on very up-to-date recordings. I’m not sure it’d be my recommendation for what Dowland should be - as far as I know what’s what. I’d like to know more background on how people are playing this differently. Anyhoo, this is very touching and melancholy and beautiful.