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Harp music from
early baroque Naples -
recommended by
GERALD FENECH

'Margret Köll's performances have an ethereal aura ...'

L'arpa di Partenope - Harp Music from Early Baroque Naples. Margret Köll, © 2014 note 1 music gmbh

During the time of Spanish dominance over the Kingdom of Naples in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a very lively and cultural relationship was forged between the two kingdoms, and the city at the foot of Vesuvius could really consider itself as a true European cultural centre on the level of London and Paris. For the marriage celebrations of Philip II in Madrid in 1543, a Neapolitan delegation of virtuoso musicians and singers was invited to participate in the festivities, and from then on there sprang a myriad of composers and performers whose music endowed both courts with a sound world that remains unique to this day.

This wonderful CD encapsulates a number of composers such as Trabaci, Gesualdo, Macque, Cabezon and Mayone, whose music for the harp has captivated performers and audiences for more than four centuries...

Copyright © 30 September 2014 Gerald Fenech,
Gzira, Malta

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L'ARPA DI PARTENOPE - HARP MUSIC FROM EARLY BAROQUE NAPLES

HARP MUSIC

NAPLES

ITALY

CARLO GESUALDO DI VENOSA

ANTONIO DE CABEZON

BERLIN

GERMANY

EARLY MUSIC

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