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James Piorkowski plays Francesco Corbetta [Monday Motivation]

I’ve been working on a project that involves a lot of early music listening. While poking around youtube, James Piorkowski playing Francesco Corbetta’s Caprice de Chaconne popped up in a search result. If you like the piece, check out James’ arrangement or head over to his website.

4 Responses
  1. 2011 May 9
    Pierre de Luc permalink

    A modern classical guitar sounds terrible for this repertoire.

    I also began as a normal classical guitarist, but now play a few more instruments. Believe me, the difference is… well: day and night!

    Corbetta calls for a Baroque guitar. There’s just no way around it.
    You can listen to some samples as played by Rosario Conte on a baroque guitar. His interpretation is also lightyears better!

    Sample here:
    (also here)

    There’s also a version on youtube, but it’s low quality and there are people moving their chairs around which is really terrible soundwise.

    There’s a version by Rolf Lislevand also, link
    (Nice sound, but I prefer Rosario Conte’s interpretation)

  2. 2011 May 9
    Pierre de Luc permalink

    The direct link to a sample by Rosario Conte is: here

  3. 2011 May 9
    Pierre de Luc permalink

    Another outstanding interpretation, this time of Corbette’s Folia (also from the collection “La guitarre royalle”) is played by Giancarlo Rado (found on this CD.

    No Smallman-holding, Torres-holding, Hauser-holding etc. classical guitarist would ever make it sound so good: 😉