Composer Johann Georg Weichenberger, Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner
Artist Miguel Yisrael lute
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94331
EAN code 5028421943312
Release May 2012

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About this release

1676 was an important year for European lute music – Thomas Mace published his famous volume Musick’s Monument, and the two Austrian composers and lutenists Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner and Johann Georg Weichenberger were born. Although these composers’ works were stylistically similar to the German school of lute music, they carved out a distinct and independent Austrian movement; this new recording by acclaimed lutenist Miguel Yisrael celebrates their achievements through a programme dedicated to their partitas.

Lute music was, in fact, a central part of Austrian culture in the 17th and 18th centuries: the Habsburgs, for example, played the instrument and employed virtuoso musicians to compose and perform for them. In addition to this, Lauffensteiner and Weichenberger were also exposed a wealth of stylistic influences, primarily the intricate French style of lute playing and the emerging Italian style, which featured a greater emphasis on melody. This rich combination of influences is embodied in their music – idiomatic works blending French textures with song-like melodies that foreshadow the 18th-century galant style.

This recording is a valuable snapshot of the uniquely Austrian style of lute playing that Lauffensteiner and Weichenberger established. Miguel Yisrael’s performances demonstrate a deep resonance with this repertoire, and reveal his exemplary approach to the technical and stylistic intricacies of his instrument.

Other information:
- New recordings made in October 2011.
- Includes booklet notes in English and German.
- A new fascinating concept by acclaimed lutenist Miguel Yisrael, who received highest praise (Diapason d’Or in France) for his earlier innovative programs: Les Baricades Mysterieuses (BC 93701) and The Court of Bayreuth (BC 94026).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Partita in G Minor: I. Andante
  2. Partita in G Minor: II. Aria
  3. Partita in G Minor: III. Courante
  4. Partita in G Minor: IV. Largo
  5. Partita in G Minor: V. Menuet
  6. Partita in G Minor: VI. Gigue
  7. Partita in C Minor: I. Tombeau
  8. Partita in C Minor: II. Courante
  9. Partita in C Minor: III. Sarabande
  10. Partita in C Minor: IV. Bourrée
  11. Partita in C Minor: V. Menuet
  12. Partita in C Minor: VI. Gigue
  13. Partita in B-Flat: I. Symphonia
  14. Partita in B-Flat: II. Passepied
  15. Partita in B-Flat: III. Aria
  16. Partita in B-Flat: IV. Bourrée
  17. Partita in B-Flat: V. Menuet
  18. Partita in B-Flat: VI. Gigue
  19. Partita in C: I. Allemande
  20. Partita in C: II. Courante
  21. Partita in C: III. La Petite Bourrée
  22. Partita in C: IV. Menuet
  23. Partita in C: V. La Grande Gigue
  24. Partita in B-Flat: I. Entrée
  25. Partita in B-Flat: II. Courante
  26. Partita in B-Flat: III. Sarabande
  27. Partita in B-Flat: IV. Bourrée
  28. Partita in B-Flat: V. Menuet
  29. Partita in B-Flat: VI. Gigue