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The debut album of the young viola da gamba player, André Lislevand, is centred around the great viol works of Antoine Forqueray.  Forqueray Unchained - perhaps a provocative title, but a fitting allusion to the freedom in Forqueray's music. Music without chains, without stylistic constraints, in perfect balance between the French and Italian styles. A particularly intriguing melange when one thinks about the diverse nature of the two musical cultures: where the Italian blazes in virtuosity and extrovert force, the French cultivates the magic of tone, the colours and formal perfection. André Lislevand - with a French mother and a Norwegian father, but born and raised in Italy - perfectly embodies the musical dualism that is the focus of this album. Together with Paola Erdas on the harpsichord, Jadran Duncumb on the theorbo, and with a cameo by his father, Rolf Lislevand, he presents a programme where Forqueray's visionary viol works are playfully combined with pieces by his contemporaries, free and unchained in a game of virtuosity and sensitivity.

 

 

Diapason Découverte award

"Forqueray's demands on his interpreters are considerable, but André Lislevand is absolutely on top of his game and not afraid to explore the extremes of his instrument's aesthetic world though without ever losing touch with le bon gout."
Early Music Review