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Krishnasol Jimenez plays the Suite in G Major (1682) by de Visèe on the Sabionari Stradivarius guitar

http://www.sabionari.com The Sabionari Stradivarius Guitar website.
From the "Livre de Pièces pour la Guitare dediè au Roy" (1682), Krishnasol Jimenez plays some Movements of the Suite in G Major (Accord Nouveau).This suite needs the tuning: B D G D G. The guitar is also tuned 392Hz tipical of the French Baroque. The Sabionari Guitar made by Antonio Stradivari in 1679 has been restored in 2011 by Sinier de Ridder luthiers end experts. http://sinierderidder.free.fr/expertises_eng.html

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Comment by Brigitte Zaczek on August 5, 2015 at 20:04

absolutely wonderful! Thank you

Comment by Sinier de Ridder on December 16, 2011 at 7:26


Comment by michael Thames on December 10, 2011 at 18:05

So beautiful thanks......

Comment by Roberto Domenichini on October 20, 2011 at 20:41
Thanks to all
Comment by Rob MacKillop on October 20, 2011 at 11:58
OK. Good points all round.
Comment by Valéry Sauvage on October 20, 2011 at 11:14

Perhaps it will be of some interest to translate the text of De Visée about the way he propose to "strum" the chords

(whith the thumb only if it is an up stroke on a white or doted black note, with the second or third finger...

when dots above the notes, avoid playing it to avoid dissonnances...

and make the "strum" (battue) the most delicate.

It seems to me that it what Krishnasol Jimenez is doing in his playing, very delicate strums on some chords (et not all strings) with thumb only, or index only.


Comment by Jelma van Amersfoort on October 20, 2011 at 10:57
As I understand it, and as Roberto says, the video was made while the musician was practising, and it was not a public performance. He may have changed his interpretation later, or not. The purpose of the video was - I think - to demonstrate the sound of the guitar (clearly fabulous) and not primarily to show a definite interpretation of Visée.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on October 20, 2011 at 10:36
OK. I've just looked at the score, and other than the tuning, it looks just like all the other suites in the book, with strumming rhythms on the stave. I don't want to push the issue, as he is a good musician and can make his own choices, obviously. My point was that it seemed a shame to go to all the bother of restoring the instrument but not play it in a stylistically appropriate way. But I can see from the first video that he does strum. Don't know why he doesn't strum in this suite.

It such a beautiful suite, but I can't imagine playing it without completely restringing the guitar with appropriate gauges. Of course, it is a good excuse to buy two guitars...
Comment by Roberto Domenichini on October 19, 2011 at 19:12

In the first video of the Sabionari about the little concert following the lecture about the restoration he played the same Suite in D minor using strumming:


So I should think that it's a specific choice about the Suite in G major. I will ask him

Comment by Rob MacKillop on October 19, 2011 at 17:32

If he is teaching baroque guitar at the Music Academie in Basel, he should know all about strumming a baroque guitar. There are many better baroque guitar players out there than me, but here is my take on de Visee:

 http://earlyguitar.ning.com/video/2111060:Video:2843 and http://earlyguitar.ning.com/video/2111060:Video:2841


Please don't think I am saying Krishnasol should play like this, but I have tried to follow de Visee's instructions. Strumming is essential to the style.

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