First release of a series of recordings dedicated to french baroque music for luth With lutanist Nigel North
During the last 30 years, some "mile stones" on the way of Nigel North have included the publication of a continuo tutor (Faber 1987)- representing his work and passion for this subject. The music of J.S. Bach has been another passion, and the 4 Volume CD collection "Bach on the Lute" was recorded (1994-1997). The ensemble “Romanesca” was formed by Nigel, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ) and for ten years (1988-1998) they explored, performed and recorded 17th century chamber music winning several international awards for their recordings.
Nigel North on the music by Nicolas VALLET:
“The music of Nicolas Vallet and his wonderful way of using the lute has attracted me for many years. Vallet takes the lute of his time and makes the instrument sing. On a personal level, I find that the way Vallet sets melody, bass and harmony together, or the way he writes convincing and idiomatic counterpoint, is just as I imagine I would wish to do, if I were a lutanist-composer in 1615! Vallet is little known to the general public now, but that does not diminish his value. True, his music and historical status cannot touch those of John Dowland or Sylvius Weiss, but his lute music can touch us in a unique way.”