Guild is pleased to announce the release of a new recording dedicated to rarely played Italian Baroque music for the lute and archlute. The early 17th century music of Alessandro Piccinini, Pietro Paolo Melii, and Giovanni Kapsberger is characterized by a new freedom of expression involving tempo changes, dynamic contrasts, and other rhetorical devices. Representing the high baroque are early 18th century sonatas by Giovanni Zamboni, a stylistic contemporary of Arcangelo Corelli. Performing this music is lutenist Peter Croton, teacher at the world renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, and one of the most passionate proponents of this music today.
"... assured performances by a player of long professional experience... Croton plays witha strong, immediate sound, and (unlike many lute players who struggle to maintain legato at all times!) his interpretations dare to amke use of marcato ad even staccato for rhetorical effect." ****
Christopher Goodwin - Early Music Today magazine - June-August 2014
"... lutenist Peter Croton demonstrates his virtuosic talent on this program of Italian lute music ..."
Peter Loewen - American Record Guide - January/February 2014
"... Croton is certainly both an agile and accomplished performer and he dispatches all four composers’ works with ease ..."
Christopher Price - International Record Review - June 2013