Kapsberger - Corrente I / Richard MacKenzie (Theorbo)




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Published on Nov 16, 2013

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Corrente I (by Kapsperger [Libro terzo, 1626]) was performed by Richard MacKenzie on a 14-course folding theorbo / chitarrone by James Marriage at pitch a=415Hz. It was recorded LIVE using a Tascam DR-1. The recording was then processed via Nero Wave Editor.

Lutenist Richard MacKenzie is rapidly gaining recognition as a soloist and collaborative artist on renaissance and baroque lutes, renaissance and baroque guitars, vihuela, orpharion and theorbo. He is currently a permanent member of multiple ensembles, including; Chordophony (Europe's only professional lute quartet), Charivari Agréable (dir. Kah-Ming Ng), Oxford Baroque (dir. Jeremy Summerly), The Portrait Choir (choir-in-residence at The National Portrait Gallery), Lyrica, Galliarda, Balisiensis and Mascherata, and his many collaborations include Ex Cathedra (dir. Jeffrey Skidmore), Linden Baroque, Cöthen Baroque, New London Orchestra (dir. Ronald Corp), The Madrigirls, Ars Nova, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Bristol Baroque Soloists, The Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (dir. Peter Seymour), His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, I Fagiolini (dir. Robert Hollingworth), Fiori Musicali featuring James Bowman, The City Waites (dir. Lucie Skeaping), The Apollo Baroque Consort, Vignette Productions, The Amadè Players, The Brook Street Band, Vespri Segreti, Sounds Baroque, Il Festino, and Oxford's New Chamber Opera (dir. Michael Burden, mus. dir. Steven Devine). In April 2012 Richard assistant-directed the European Lute Orchestra's appearance at the Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza. Summer 2012 saw Richard working as a musician (medieval lute, cittern, tambourella, field drum) at Shakepeare's Globe for their production of Shakepeare's Henry V (feat. Jamie Parker). Richard was also made a tutor on the NWEMF's summer school at the age of 17.

In 2011 Richard completed a degree in music at The Queen's College, University of Oxford. Whilst studying at the university he was also a keen solo performer, performing seven solo recitals in some of the most diverse concert venues across Oxford (for more details of these solo programmes please click here). Presently he continues to occasionally study lute with the internationally renowned lutenists Jakob Lindberg and Jacob Heringman, having previously studied at Chetham's School of Music with Hugh Cherry and Martin Shepherd, a school where has was awarded three prizes, including those for 'Early Music' and for 'Academic Music'. In 2012 the Lute Society of Great Britain published his first edition, a critical edition and reconstruction of the ensemble works from Giovanni Battista Granata's Armoniosi Toni... (Bologna, 1684). Richard also possesses diplomas in recorder and clarinet performance, and was principal clarinettist for the National Children's Orchestra in his youth.

Richard is an experienced recorder, guitar, piano and academic music tutor, tutoring up to A-Level, and also tutoring ABRSM theory grades. He has taught lute seminars and masterclasses involving members of the student community both at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and the University of Chichester. Richard also has conducting and piano accompanimental experience, once directing a staged performance of Handel's 'The Choice of Hercules'.


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