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Antonio Stradivari 1679 «Sabionari» guitar

Süddeutsche Zeitung 22.August 2015
Reinhard Brembeck

October10, 2015
Even of a Stradivari, in the 19th century, the neck was literally reconstructed. Because it was usual at that time, in the guitar world, to do alterations from 5 double strings to 6 single strings, this also happened with the only playable guitar today of Antonio Stradivari, replacing among other things the original neck with a shorter one. And actually only in 2011 the current owners allowed to move back this mutilated masterpiece, so far as possible, again in the original state of 1679.

The baroque guitar "Sabionari" (designated after its first likely owner) has gotten over very well, not only the time, but also all surgical interventions. Now the Mexican specialist for the baroque guitar Krishnasol Jiménez Moreno supplies the proof of it with a world first recording. It is about the " Secondo libro di chitarra " which the far forgotten Italian Angelo Michele Bartolotti (approx. 1615 - approx. 1682) has composed around 1655 and has dedicated to his patroness, the Swedish queen Christina.
Being a brilliant composer and musician of guitar and Theorbe and traveling all over Europe, guesting also at the court of Luis XIV, Bartolotti has composed three suites, recorded here, on the one hand entirely ahead in comparison to the taste of the 17th century.
At the same time he crowned every succession of dance movements with an extensive (more than 10-minutes) Passacaglia or Chaconne. Of course there are, here and there, small masterstrokes.
But Bartolotti was otherwise focused to a witty and intimately thoughtful approach.
And exactly this tells and these mood worlds now the "Sabionari" catch