We are over-the-moon that the British Library has decided to add our discography to their archive. In addition to our usual streaming platforms, all of our albums will be freely available to researchers at British Library Sounds.
Listen to Sabine Stoffer and Alex McCartney talk about their new album Fantasia Incantata.
Our most recent project Fantasia Incantata from Ensemble Libro Primo is now available for digital Pre-Order. For CD and Vinyl releases please join our mailing list.
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:
“[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.”
“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)