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GALILEI: The Well-tempered Lute; Tones I – IV – Zak Ozmo – Hyperion

GALILEI: The Well-tempered Lute; Tones I – IV – Zak Ozmo – Hyperion

VINCENZO GALILEI: The Well-tempered Lute; Tones I – IV – Zak Ozmo, lute – Hyperion 68017, 63:03 (2/5/16) ****: A long-neglected work of Renaissance musical investigation of equal-temperament as applied to the lute. (Zak Ozmo – lute) In this recording of VIncenzo Galilei’s Libro d’intavolatore di Liuto by Zak Ozmo, we are introduced to a musical work of great historical significance. This Hyperion release is titled The Well-tempered Lute, a weighty invocation indeed. It is, in fact, a theoretical demonstration of the principle of equal-temperament as applied to the lute. It is astonishing to consider that 138 years before Bach it would be possible for such a modest and restricted instrument as the six-course lute to involve itself in such difficult research. The organization of the pieces is intricate, but the basic idea is similar to the WTC. There are Italian dances Passamezzo, Romanesca and Saltarello, the latter in triple-meter played in contrasting modes, (Dorian and Ionian) in each of the key signatures in an orderly progression.  Subtitled Tones I-IV, it seems that we have just half of the famous book. Unlike in the Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, we don’t have clear key signatures, so we don’t really know where we are […]