Programs - Special projects
Rolf Lislevand - lute, theorbo and baroque guitar
Paola Erdas - harpsichord
From a lyric by Don Juan de Tassis, the title “The unfretted Pearls” described the sound of the two plucked instruments, the Lute and the Harpsichord. The nobleman explains with charming words the wonderful sound of the plucked string: precise, clear but at the same time soft and velvety, just like a pearl.
The two instruments meet here together to recreate the special atmosphere of the Parisians salons in the last years of XVII century.
In this magic moment the repertoire of the two instruments is mixed, interlaced: the lute, the prince of the instruments in the past years, open his doors at the new courtier, the harpsichord, which absorbs the style, the sound, the refined atmosphere rich of passionate feeling.
A sound evocation, new and ancient at the same time, a private look in the reunions in which lutenists and harpsichordists was together to play, to discuss, to drink a good glass of red wine, to enjoy their wonderful music.
An intellectual and light-hearted play, to enjoy the players and the audience.
Music by: Gaultier, d’Anglebert, De Vizee, L.Couperin, Corbetta, F.Couperin, Gallot.
Lute and Harpsichord were also protagonists in the nights in the Latin Europe, when in the Palaces people dancing and in the streets musicians challenged rounds playing and improvising for hours. The programme can thus be performed also in a French/Italian/Hispanic version, to revive in our times an uninterrupted “Festa” of sound and fantasy.Photo: Edoardo Tommaselli
Paola Erdas - harpsichord, esquiquier
Shyamal Maitra - tablas
Once upon a time, in the XVIth century the Portuguese Empire extended his long arms on the South of India, on the magnificent coasts that was perfect to the commerce of the tastefully spices.
This concert is an ideal musical evocation of this times: harpsichord Iberian music with the sound enchanting of the tabla, the noble plucked instrument with the king of the Indian drums.
The result is a incredible sound experience in which both musical identity are mixed in a charming harmony.
Music by: Antonio de Cabezón, Manuel Rodrigues Coelho, António Carreira, Francisco Fernandez Palero, Antonio Valente.
Raga: Rasamela, Taste of Seven.