Free Download: Lukas Henning plays 16th-century lute music

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This week's free download is Il est bel et bon (After Pierre Passereau) by Marco Dall'Aquila, performed by lutenist Lukas Henning. It was recorded on Glossa and was awarded five stars for performance and four for recording in the October issue of BBC Music Magazine. 

The 16th-century Venetian lutenist and composer Marco Dall'Aquila was well respected at the time, but is somewhat neglected in today's musical canon. He arranged Pierre Passereau's Il est bel et bon with the method of tablature, which provided a way of graphically representing music for lutenists. Aquila claimed to have developed a particular method of printing tablature that was particularly effective for lute composition. 

'Playing a six-course Renaissance-style lute, Henning draws a lucid, ringing sound and a gamut of timbres and tints to capture the variegated colours of each piece,' writes Kate Bolton-Porciatti, in her review of the disc in the October issue of BBC Music Magazine. 'His technique is nigh flawless: agile passagework; nimble ornamentations.'


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