Les Accords Nouveaux IV

Lute News 124, December 2017

Les Accords Nouveaux IV: Esaias Reusner, Sigrun Richter, lute,Ambitus Amb 96 970

For the fourth volume in her exploration of Accords Nouveaux Sigrun Richter has moved fully into the baroque era with a CD devoted to the music of Esaias Reusner. Much of his music can be found in the two publications featured on this recording, Delitiae Testudinis (1667) (reissued twice under the title Erfreuliche Lauten-Lust) and Neue Lauten-Früchte (1676).

The music is refined and elegant, with rhythmic complexity augmented by subtle ornamentation and inegalité, as prescribed in Reusner's introductions to each book. Her playing is tuneful and stylish, with a sweet treble and warm bass, but it can also express darkness, as in the first movement of the A minor suite. She handles the rhythmic challenges and piquant discords with panache and successfully brings out the different character of each suite, which makes for a varied and engaging recital. Two fine lutes by Nico van der Waals are featured, one very resonant and used for all but the D minor suite, the other darker and more veiled, presumably strung appropriately for the tuning. This is a most welcome release that features much music that is rarely, if ever, heard.
John Reeve

ZEITSCHRIFT “IL FRONIMO”
Giorgio Ferraris über die CDs LES ACCORDS NOUVEAUX III und IV:

Richter affronta il repertorio di questi dischi con la sicurezza della veterana, ehe si puo permettere ogni raffinatezza stilistica, permeata sempre da bon gout, con agrements palesi e nascosti, scritti o improvvisati: son file, son enjle, jlattement, coule, tour de gosier, chute, accent, tremblement (feint, subit, appuye, double), inegalites, diminutions, rubato, arpegement .... Il suono, molto bello ed espressivo, e ben supportato dagli strumenti impiegati: due "undici ordini" di Nico van der Waals, uno del 1992 e uno del 1993. Per chi non lo conoscesse, solo un cenno sul liutaio: con un'esperienza cinquantennale, l'abilita suprema nell'uso del legno e una sensibilita musicale raffinatissima, e riconosciuto come uno dei massimi liutai viventi. Anche a lui si deve la fondazione del Castello del Liuto, un'istituzione culturale sempre piu importante.

Giorgio Ferraris

LUTE NEWS

117; 05/2016

Les Accords Nouveaux III: François Dufaut, Sigrun Richter, lute, Ambitus 96956

Sigrun Richter continues her survey of 17th century lute music with a disc devoted to the elusive François Dufaut (c.1604–70). Richter valiantly sets out what little is known of his life, including several laudatory mentions in letters by Constantijn Huygens, but has to conclude that his biography leaves many unanswered questions. Yet Dufaut and his music were held in the highest esteem, with pieces found in 90 lute manuscripts from across Europe and stretching as far as the mid 18th century.

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Del Cielo d'Amor

Luister, 2003

...Es erklingen unter anderem Madrigale, Arien, Canzonetten und ein Lamento. Mit ihrer klaren Stimme und großem Einfühlungsvermögen weiss Gundula Anders die enorme dramatische Kraft von dieser reichen Musik auf überzeugende Weise zu übertragen, dabei prachtvoll begleitet von Richter und Perl.

Man hört, dass die drei Ausführenden alle schöne Feinheiten und unerwartete Wendungen selbst geniessen. Die goldene Kombination von ihrem technischen Können und ihrer intensiven, mitreissenden Interpretation dieser Musik lässt die Zuhörer 70 Minuten lang an die Lautsprecher gefesselt.

Les Accords Nouveaux III

BR-KLASSIK 2015:
Mit warmer und runder, gut fundierter Tonbildung spürt Sigrun Richter den reichhaltigen Stimmverläufen nach. Sie stellt eine schwungvoll-lockere Gigue oder ein frei gestaltetes Prélude mit ebenso gelebter Musikalität dar, wie die gewichtigeren Allemandes oder Sarabandes.
Sigrun Richter führt uns ohne virtuose Hast den Moment der leichten Schwere vor Augen, die Dufauts Musik bei urfranzösischer Grundhaltung stets innewohnt.

Read more: Les Accords Nouveaux III

Del Cielo d'Amor

2002

Neben Arciliuto, Chitarra alla spagnola, Viola da Gamba und Lirone erklingen ein 14-chöriger Chitarrone mit Messingbesaitung und metallisch silbrigem Klang, sowie ein 19-chöriger Chitarrone mit Darmsaiten, der neben den üblichen 14 Saiten zusätzliche, chromatisch gestimmte Bass-Saiten besitzt, um auch in der tiefen Oktave alle Halbtöne zu spielen.

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Les Accords Nouveaux I e II

Il Fronimo, rivista di chitarra, 2011
... la critica inglese ha elogiato senza condizioni questa pubblicazione e noi ci sentiamo pienamente di sottoscrivere il buon gusto, la padronanza dello stile e il piacere, anche le risorse culturali, che i due dischi offrono.

Read more: Les Accords Nouveaux I e II

Les Accords Nouveaux II

The Lute Society Magazine, 1999

Sigrun Richter plays this music with a rhetorical flair that brings out the individual character of each piece to full effect. These are pieces written by men who perfectly understood the resources of their instrument, and in Sigrun Richter they have found an interpreter who is resourceful enough to make the music as alive today as it must have been when it first charmed the ear.

Read more: Les Accords Nouveaux II

Del Cielo d’Amor

Lute News 76, 2005
...This recording is absolutely excellent; if anything even better than Richter and Anders' very beautiful CD of Petrarch settings reviewed in an earlier issue.

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Les Accords Nouveaux I

The Lute Society Magazine, 1999

The result is a disc that will appeal to anyone whose ear is attuned to the qualities of a music that is both intellectually subtle and emotionally soothing

Read more: Les Accords Nouveaux I