Forgotten Virtuosi (2008)

Anonymous, Striggio, Schop, Cipriano de Rore, Rognonio, Baltzar, Nau, Castello, Brade, Palestrina, Rognoni, Marini

Jonathan Talbott

In the early 17th century a number of now forgotten violin soloists toured Europe, commanding enormous salaries and following ever more prestigeous offers of employment. Some were so valued for their playing that they were granted nobility, and more than one was described as “the most famous artist for the violin that the world has yet produced.” 
Courts and cities would hire these superstars in order to have them astonish and awe their guests with their performances. One of the more astonishing pieces on this disc is the unaccompanied Fantasia by Étienne Nau, which is found in a manuscript now in Berlin. Composed around 1620, the Fantasia begins with an imitation of an organ tremulant and then goes on to sample almost every color on the violin’s palette.

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Jonathan Talbott

Jonathan Talbott The late-renaissance style violin was built in Basel by Richard Earle in 2004, following several years of scholarly research. The form of the instrument is based on several pictures, the main inspirations being a painting from around 1590 by Cornelis van Haarlem and the discant violin in Michael Praetorius’ Syntagmum Musicum (1620).  The inner construction is based on several surviving instruments from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It is played on the arm (rather than on the shoulder) as can be seen in many images from the time. 

This instrument can be heard on recordings by Ensemble Braccio, as well as on the album Forgotten Virtuosi on Aliud. Jonathan Talbott's instruments are all strung with equal tension, high tension sheep gut, without a trace of metal anywhere. This gives him the opportunity to create rich and vibrant musical colors that sound like the visual colors in Renaissance and Baroque painting.

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Forgotten Virtuosi (2008)

Anonymous, Striggio, Schop, Cipriano de Rore, Rognonio, Baltzar, Nau, Castello, Brade, Palestrina, Rognoni, Marini

Jonathan Talbott

    Tubantia

"Talbott’s violin playing proved that the virtuoso was not just a 19th century phenomenon.”

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    HRAudio.net -

"We all know of virtuoso violinists who became household names in their time. Yet, as this enterprising album shows, in the early 17th Century there was another shadowy coterie of virtuosi who travelled Europe, commanding fabulous salaries and even being ennobled as payment for their services. Jonathan Talbott is a renowned exponent of early violins, having led baroque orchestras on four continents. He offers a repertoire that spans a mere 800 years. In his disc notes, he describes these itinerant violinists from the dawning of the Baroque period as "superstars", which courts and cities would vie for, anxious to hire them for their ability to astonish and awe audiences. As the star of the disc, Talbott's playing is quite superb. His reconstructed late-Renaissance/Early Baroque violin has a pure sound, and is played on the arm as indicated in many oil paintings of the time. His nimble articulation is a model of clarity, tuning is immaculate and technical mastery self-evident. Much praise also to the fellow accompanists; the bass violin is itself given a workout at times as brilliant as the violin, and the ensemble play stylishly whether in expressively mournful or joyfully toe-tapping modes. Aliud's pure DSD sound is very well-balanced, the violin not too far forward, enveloped in an intimate acoustic which easily becomes an extension of one's own listening room. This disc manages to be informative, thought-provoking, entertaining and thrilling all at once. There are also three world première recordings. Highly recommended. Performance, Stereo Sound Quality and Surround Sound Quality: 5 Stars out of 5 Stars."

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Forgotten Virtuosi (2008)

Anonymous, Striggio, Schop, Cipriano de Rore, Rognonio, Baltzar, Nau, Castello, Brade, Palestrina, Rognoni, Marini

Jonathan Talbott

Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording location: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Joure, Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Ruggiero
Anonymous
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Nasce la pena mia
Striggio,Schop
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Anchor che col partire
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A Prelude for the violin by Senr. Balshar a Germaine
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Senr. Balshar's Division on a Ground
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Praeludium
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Pavane d'Espagne
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Fantasia
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Coral del Sr Wilhelm Brad
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Io son ferito
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Bergamasca
Anonymous
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