I wanted to tell you about a CD by Jacob Heringman that I have just
listened to. The repertoire is very unusual, comprising 7 vocal
intabulations and 2 fantasias by Valentin Bakfark contrasted with 12 Polish
dances from the prints of Matthaus Waissel.
The very first chord of the first piece is extremely 'ear-catching'
establishing a confident and intimate mood throughout the CD. Jacob brings
the Waissel dances to life - I've tried playing them, but hadn't realised
they were so good. He also shows technical mastery of the very difficult
but fine Bakfark intabulations. Bakfark's 2 part intabulation of Josquin's
Qui Habitat provides the high spot of the CD, living up to Jacob's declared
goal of bringing the neglected intabulation form of the lute repertoire
into greater prominence.
The CD is called Black Cow [a translation of the title of Bakfark's Polish
song 'Czarna Krowa'], the theme of the sleeve design - which includes
valuable new biographies of Bakfark and Waissel by Peter Kiraly. The notes
also quote the Polish proverb: 'Don't play the lute after Bakfark' - but I
for one am very glad that Jacob did!
Its just been released in the PRESENT MOMENT series on the Discipline
Global Mobile label, DGM9906.
John H Robinson, Lutenet, 1999
>I'm a lute player of less than 3 years and don't really
>have an extensive CD collection. But last summer I went
>to the LSA seminar in Vancouver and got to hear and work
>with Jacob Heringman. I purchased his latest CD there.
>The music (by Valentin Bakfark and Matthaus Waissel) seems
>abit obscure to me, but I LOVE the CD. Especially because
>his tone is ravishing. I had never heard anyone before with
>such exquisite sound from a lute. This CD recalls for me
>the sound I heard from him in recital and class. Its my
>tonal model and goal now.
Suzanne Angevine, Lutenet, 1999