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CDs A Midsummer Night’s Dream CD of the Month oodland magic finds its natural W home at Longborough Festival Opera, where recent years have brought a Kapsbergiana music by G. G. Kapsberger, Hille Perl – viola da gamba and lirone, and Steve Player – wonderful Cunning Little Vixen and an Vincenzo Bonizzi. baroque guitar and dance) are equally wonderful Hansel and Gretel. And Antonio Bertali charismatic exponents for trans- now, even before the opera begins, Los Otros mitting Kapsberger’s vividly Longborough’s new production on July 1 (www.without-a-net.net imaginative compositions. of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream www.hillenet.net) The Kapsbergiana disc is a hints at the world of enchantment into ★★★★★ recording of his third book which we are about to be taken. Richard Deutsche harmonia mundi containing a collection of Studer’s (he designs as well as directs) (Sony Music) works from 1626 (mostly in the performers to produce a honeycombed back wall picks up a line 88697527152 61mins the free form of the instru- wonderfully seamless passing from Bottom in Shakespeare’s play, so mental Toccata). This recently of Kapsberger’s composed brilliantly adapted by Britten and Peter his disc is devoted, for resurfaced collection had been material and melodies from Pears. Later, towers of fungoid, lamp- shade-like trees rising from traps in the T the most part, to the music of Giovani Girolamo missing until its discovery in 1928 when it was auctioned one instrument to the next. This is beautifully stage will reflect these geometric patterns in Kapsberger, one of the most from the private library of the intertwined with Los Otros’ a different plane, and swathes of lengthy imaginative and progressive famous musicologist, Dr individual interpretations of drapes will evoke Tytania’s bower and musicians and lute-players of Werner Wolffheim (Berlin). the indicated harmonies in provide supports for the breathtaking early seventeenth-century The manuscript disappeared the figured bass. aerial gymnastics of Greville Matthews’ Rome. Shortly after Monte- again, this time to Italy, until Los Otros ooze with orig- athletic and likeable Puck. verdi’s revolutionary develo- finally, in 2001, it reappeared inality, vivid and imaginative Other aspects of the design are not so pments of extreme vocal in London, where it was improvisations, and produce successful, notably the basque and farth- expression, Kapsberger became auctioned at Sothebys, and an individual personality of ingale in which Richard Scott’s androg- an equally seminal influence purchased by the University of sound-experimentation that ynous Oberon is asked to exercise his in the development of creat- Yale, America.
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