Bruno Helstroffer – Calling the Muse (2018) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Bruno Helstroffer – Calling the Muse (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 55:59 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

The lute, the archlute and the theorbo obviously belong to the world of Renaissance and to the first Baroque; but lutenist Bruno Helstroffer offers here to his theorbo, in addition to pieces from these periods, some strange incursions into the 20th Century: pieces that he composed himself (or almost from his written-down improvisation, probably), of which one or the other with a sung line or the recitation of a poem, as well as a Gnossienne from Satie which fantastically lends itself to the sound of the theorbo, conferring to this original program a kind of Oriental flavor that is quite spectacular. With Bach, Helstroffer indulges in a harmonic and rhythmic digression on the Menuet in Bach’s First Cello Suite, shifting the supports and the lines in order to only slightly evoke the original from the Cantor. Finally, you will notice some pieces from Helstroffer who is borrowing from India, or from West Africa with the kora, itself a traditional lute-harp, whose sounds are magically evoked by the theorbo. This is one of those unclassifiable and multicultural albums, blending all the eras and geographical landscapes, which will duly intrigue the lovers of rarities, and which has now inscribed the theorbo as an instrument of the modern repertoire.

01. Partite variate sopra quest’aria francese detta l’alemana
02. Corrente VI sopra l’alemana
03. Comme un beffroi
04. Toccata nona
05. Perivoli Blue
06. Thanks Toumani
07. Arpeggiata a mio modo
08. Gnossienne No. 1
09. Bergamasca
10. Dans la chambre de mon théorbe
11. Clan
12. A Tea with Bach
13. Toccata undicessima
14. Vos luths

Bruno Helstroffer, theorbo
Rosemary Standley, voice
Jean-Luc Debattice, narrator
Michel Godard, serpent
Emek Evci, double bass