From Heaven on Earth - Lute Music from Kremsmunster Abbey

€20,95 incl. BTW

Hubert Hoffmann / From Heaven on Earth - Lute Music from Kremsmunster Abbey / Hybrid SACD

About the album
Hubert Hoffmann: When I visited the Benedictine Abbey of Kremsmünster in Upper Austria some years ago to look at the lutes stored in the abbey archives, I could not guess that this visit would radically change my life as a lutenist. I learnt that the writer of  tablatures I discovered was a member of the abbey named Pater Ferdinando (Fischer). It soon turned out that much of the music set down by this scribe was not to be found in  the numberless  lute manuscripts from this period scattered around the world. These were unique manuscripts. Moreover they contained quite extraordinary works of striking compositional quality: new lute music in the form of cyclical poems of a lute enthusiast – a padre - at the turn of the 17th/18th centuries. 
In one of the quietest recording studios in all of Europe – the Galaxy studios in Mol, Belgium - we finally brought the long since faded lute-poems of Pater Ferdinando back to life.  Through the wonderfully delicate sound of my lute, Bert's immeasurable sensitivity and the most advanced recording technology that I have ever had the privilege of using, the lutenist-pater began speaking to us once more.   

Contextually Fischer's putative original compositions are only distinguishable from the other anonymous works through their stylistic features. The first clue is to be found in the considerable proportion of previously completely unknown cycles, whose exquisite quality, high degree of originality and compositional autonomy, together with the considerable technical demands they make upon the player, lead us to assume a common authorship. 


1 Partita in D Minor Prelude
2 Partita in D Minor Aria
3 Partita in D Minor Aria
4 Partita in D Minor Aria
5 Partita in D Minor Passagio
6 Partita in D Minor Aria
7 Partita in D Minor Sarabande
8 Partita in D Minor Gigue
9 Partita in D Minor Retirada
10 Partita in C Major Allemande
11 Partita in C Major Double
12 Partita in C Major Gavotte
13 Partita in C Major Menuette
14 Partita in C Major Canarie
15 Partita in C Major Chaccogne
16 Partita in C Minor Prelude
17 Partita in C Minor Allemande
18 Partita in C Minor Courante
19 Partita in C Minor Passagaglia
20 Partita in C Minor Retirada



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