Visee & Corbetta

La Mascarade: Works for guitar and theorbo by Robert de Visée & Francesco Corbetta

Visee & Corbetta

Visée La mascarade & other works
Corbetta Passacaille en sol mineur & other works

Rolf Lislevand (Baroque guitar, theorbo)
ECM 481 1716

Reviewed November 2016

Contrasting the pastel timbres of the Baroque guitar with the dark resonance of the much larger theorbo, Norwegian virtuoso Rolf Lislevand evokes both the intimacy and splendour of Louis XIV’s Versailles. His flawless, rhetorically inspired playing offsets Francesco Corbetta’s sunlit idiom with Robert de Visée’s brooding sonorities. The result is a hauntingly beautiful musical chiaroscuro.

Audio clip: Visée Prélude en la mineur and La mascarade, Rondeau