After a busy few months we are delighted to announce the release of a new album of Kapsberger’s works for the theorbo by Alex McCartney.

The album in now available for pre-order and will be released in digital formats on 24th December, with the CD becoming available in early January.

You can listen to, and pre-order, the album online here.

Critical acclaim for Alex McCartney:

Reviews for Elizabeth’s Lutes:
‘Many of these pieces have considerable difficulties which McCartney does not shirk. His playing is precise, thoughtful and always in control. One particular strength is the care with which he articulates fast divisions, which can sound a little scrappy in other hands….[McCartney’s] complex flourishes and divisions are sensitively and cleanly played.’
John Reeve, The Lute (UK Lute Society)

‘This is a highly enjoyable disc, warmly recorded and expertly performed throughout.’
Nick Boston, Classical Notes“A meditative disc that reflects
English melancholy… sublime and perfect.”

“[A]n enchanting collection of fine performances of lute repertoire from a number of composers from the time of the court of Elizabeth I. Very enjoyable.”
Lark Reviews

“According to the programme notes, these pieces are notoriously tricky to play, although I wouldn’t have noticed that from Alex McCartney’s assured performance here. … Alex McCartney’s playing is sensitive and musical, and the recording picks up the sound of the lute very well.”
Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews

Reviews for Mesangeau’s Experiments:
“I have greatly enjoyed Alex McCartney’s playing of these suites, with his lightness of touch in the faster movements, and sustained grace in the Sarabandes and Chaconne.”
Margaret Rees, The Consort

“McCartney’s interpretation of this reflective music is stylish and sublime.”
Kate Benessa, LSA

“This is sublime music, played with such feeling by Alex McCartney, a busy soloist and accompanist, who also directs the ensemble, Poeticall Musicke, and makes lutes. We are fortunate to be able to listen to this re-discovered music performed with such care.”
Stephen Page, Lark Reviews

“[McCartney’s] phrasing (an essential part of this ‘tricky’ French lute style) is admirably musical and the playing fluent and easily flowing.”
Martyn Hodgson, Lute News

“… the CD is a real pleasure to listen to and Alex McCartney shows he is a very good lutenist which one has a desire to hear more from.” Jean-Luc Bresson, SFL (Translated from the French)

“The playing is sensitive and musical…” Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews

“Using three suites Alex McCartney gives us a good impression of the refined art of the master.” Pizzicato (Translated from the German)

Majestie out this Saturday!


Poeticall Musicke’s new album Majestie will be released online this Saturday at midday.

It will also be available to order on CD from the following Saturday.

It contains music for written for Louis XIV’s court: three of François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux and two of Michel Richard de Lalande’s Leçons de Ténèbres. Both composers have infused these pieces with a strong sense of the presence of the Sun King, with both joy in his radiance and reverence in his shadow.

His Majestie is said to have uttered ‘Je m’en vais, mais l’État demeurera toujours’ (‘I depart, but the State shall always remain’) on his deathbed. We trust he felt the same about music.

This recording has been made partly to promote Poeticall Musicke’s tour later this month, where they are playing in eight beautiful English churches, in collaboration with the The Churches Conservation Trust. See for details and tickets.

Come back on Saturday to download it for free!

Ravishing Sweetenesse out now!

Violinist George Clifford’s debut solo album is now available in our catalogue. Click the album cover to listen.

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It’s free to download in any format.

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Something sweete for Advent

We have just finished mastering ‘Ravishing Sweetenesse’, an album of mid-Baroque Germanic unaccompanied violin music (phew) by George Clifford.

It is an album of many spirits: sometimes the music is tender and sounds like a ‘sweete’ voice, sometimes it is stentorian and indeed ‘ravishing’; elsewhere we hear such profuse and well-rendered double-stopping that some might question whether there can really be only one violin.

It will be available to download free of charge from Veterum Musica from 1 December.

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