Alfabeto Falso

Arcana: A435

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Alfabeto Falso

Label:

Arcana

Catalogue No:

A435

Discs:

1

Release date:

21st July 2017

Barcode:

3760195734353

Length:

49 minutes

Medium:

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Alfabeto Falso


1 Toccata detta l’innamorata 0:01:25

2 Gagliarda francese 0:01:26

3 Passacaglio per la O 0:02:22

4 Impro #1 0:00:34

5 Sfessania 0:01:23

6 Passacaglia 0:04:52

7 Scaramanzie 0:02:21

8 Folias Gallegas 0:02:32

9 Capona 0:02:33

10 Toccata cromatica 0:03:15

11 Impro #2 0:00:54

12 Partite sopra l’aria francese detta l’alemanna 0:01:32

13 Corrente VI sopra l’alemanna 0:01:21

14 Impro #3 0:00:19

15 Cumbées 0:02:07

16 Passacaglia per la D 0:03:06

17 Passacaglia per la X 0:02:46

18 Kapsberger 0:02:19

19 Corrente VII 0:01:04

20 Aria di Firenze 0:01:57

21 Colascione 0:03:33

22 Los Impossibles 0:03:32

23 Impro #4 0:02:39


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After the success of ‘L’ultimo romano’, his album of music for archlute from the 1718 collection of the Roman composer Giovanni Zamboni, Simone Vallerotonda presents something totally new with his Baroque ‘power trio’ I Bassifondi: ‘Alfabeto falso’. Their debut album is devoted to Italian and Spanish music for guitar and theorbo from the first half of the seventeenth century.

A little-known repertory, characterised by rhythmic oddities and harmonic extravagances that challenge those of contemporary jazz. Ordinary ‘alfabeto’ (alphabet) was the system used by guitarists of the period to mark chords: each letter corresponded to a single chord. But, in the ‘false alphabet’, those letters which were marked with a slash indicated chords containing dissonances, often very bold. The trio, comprising guitar/theorbo, percussion instruments and colachon, reconstructs an ensemble typical of the seventeenth century. Breathtaking rhythms, ‘dirty’ chords, improvisations and variations: these are the colours they seek to convey in their sound. The beauty and the challenge of this disc lie precisely in providing an interpretation that respects everything notated in the score, and in the choice of arrangements and timbres. This music sounds modern and perhaps slightly provocative to us, but all of it was written around 1640!

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Toccata detta la Inamoratta

Toccata detta l'innamorata

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Gagliarda francese

Gagliarda francese

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Passacagli passegiati sopra l'e

Passacaglio per la O

Simone Vallerotonda: Improvisation No. 1

Improvisation No. 1

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Preludio e Sfessania

Preludio e Sfessania: II. Sfessania

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Passacaglia

Passacaglia

Antonio Carbonchi: Scaramanze

Scaramanzie

Santiago de Murcia: Folias gallegas

Folias gallegas

Francesco Valdambrini: Capona

Capona

Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata cromatica

Toccata No. 3 "Cromatica"

Josep Maria Marti Duran: Imporvisation No. 2

Improvisation No. 2

Alessandro Piccinini: Intavolatura di Liuto, et di Chitarrone, Book 1

Partite sopra quest'aria francese detta l'alemanna

Corrente No. 6 "Sopra l'alemanna"

Simone Vallerotonda: Improvistation No. 3

Improvisation No. 3

Santiago de Murcia: Cumbees

Cumbées

Angelo Michele Bartolotti: Passacaglia in D

Passacaglia per la D

Francesco Corbetta: Passacaglia

Passacaglia per la X

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Kapsberger

Kapsberger

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Corrente Sesta

Corrente No. 7

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Aria di Frenze per la C (D Major)

Aria di Firenze per la C

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Colascione

Colascione

Santiago de Murcia: Los Impossibles

Los impossibles

Simone Vallerotonda: Improvisation No. 4

Improvisation No. 4

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