Milán (Luys) & de Narvaez (luys): Fantasias

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Milán (Luys) & de Narvaez (luys): Fantasias
Giuseppe Chiaramonte (guitar)

[ Brilliant Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 17 June 2022

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The vihuela experienced its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries, and the first book of music written for this instrument appeared in Valencia in 1536. This was El Maestro by Luys Milán, followed by Luys de Narváez's Los seys libros del Delphín (Valladolid, 1538). This recording includes works from the first two publications, Milán's "Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El Maestro" and Narváez's "Los seys libros del Delphín de música de cifras para tañer vihuela", played on a Hauser-model guitar built by Italian luthier Mario Grimaldi in 2020.

These fantasias derive from the same techniques used by composers of motets and masses, and are conceived as though the vihuela were an ensemble of three or four contrapuntal voices, blending the abstract polyphonic ideas with the idiomatic instrumental possibilities of the vihuela. Other works show improvised traditions, especially the diferencias ("variations") on the formulas associated with the recitation of romances and in improvisations on cantus firmus from well-known hymn melodies.

Giuseppe Chiaramonte is one of today's most outstanding guitarists, a winner of several international competitions. He plays a 6 string guitar by Mario Grimaldi. His previous recording for Brilliant Classics of guitar music by Johann Kaspar Mertz received excellent reviews in the international press.


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