Losy & Weiss - Lute Music in Prague & Vienna c.1700 | Supraphon SU43432

Losy & Weiss - Lute Music in Prague & Vienna c.1700

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Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU43432

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 24th May 2024

Contents

Artists

Jan Cizmar (lutes, guitar)
oh Ensemble

Conductor

Martyna Pastuszka

Artists

Jan Cizmar (lutes, guitar)
oh Ensemble

Conductor

Martyna Pastuszka

About

“He took up the lute when he was young and became such a virtuoso that he was unrivalled in France or Italy.” Music historian Gottfried Johann Dlabacž’s testimony describes the lutenist and composer, Count Jan Antonín Losy of Losinthal, whose family came from Lombardy. He was born in Bohemia, where he spent most of his life, but his fame spread throughout Europe. After he died, he was honoured by his younger colleague, Sylvius Leopold Weiss, who memorialised him with his famous Tombeau. Nowadays, the name of the Count and virtuoso musician (besides the lute, he played the harpsichord and violin superbly) is known especially to lute players. However, even they may be surprised to learn that this album contains compositions with harpsichord, flute and violin. In fact, Losy’s oeuvre is far more varied. According to period sources, many of his compositions were played by chamber ensembles including instruments, such as the violin and a bowed bass instrument. The main performer, Jan Čižmář, reconstructed some of them, using manuscripts scattered all over Europe, and invited his colleagues from the Polish ensemble, Orkiestra historyczna, to take part in the recording. The result is a revealing album that presents Losy’s lute pieces in an unusual sound version for the first time.

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