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Nor­we­gian lutenist Rolf Lisl­e­vand’s

Dimi­nu­ito is a sim­i­lar un­der­tak­ing to Skempé’s, but one that’s al­to­gether more con­cerned with the sen­su­al­ity of the recorded pre­sen­ta­tion, with toe-tap­ping rhythms, and with a 21st-cen­tury sen­si­bil­ity that ven­tures al­most into the realm of the pop song. Sam­ple the tran­si­tion that takes place around three min­utes into Terzi’s

Petit Jac­quet for the flavour of a mix that of­ten in­cludes early mu­sic ana­logues of bass gui­tar and kick drum. A later fan­ta­sia by Mu­darra even has a kind of new-age shim­mer as a back­ground. “All ar­range­ments by Rolf Lisl­e­vand” says the book­let, and your re­sponses to his par­tic­u­lar brand of self-in­tox­i­ca­tion will prob­a­bly de­fine how much of the ac­tual re­nais­sance you man­age to hear in th­ese gor­geously fan­ci­ful per­for­mances. www.nax­osdirect.ie


Rolf Lisl­e­vand ECM New Se­ries

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