Han Tol (NL) and Nigel North (GB/US)

When: 20. 8. 2019 at 20:30

Una Suave Melodia

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Festibus: Ljubljana (Hala Tivoli) - Slovenska Bistrica at 17:15. Price: 10 EUR. | Zagreb - Slovenska Bistrica at 17:00. Price: 10 EUR

Han Tol (NL): recorder

Nigel North (GB/US): lute


Una Suave Melodia


Han Tol

Han Tol is active as a soloist, ensemble player, musical director and teacher throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Far East. He holds a professorship at the “Hochschule für Künste” in Bremen, Germany, and at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Basle, Switzerland. He also was a guest professor at the “Jacobs School of Music” of Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. His teaching activities include further courses at renowned music institutions in Vienna, Salzburg, Geneva, St. Petersburg, Jerusalem, Baltimore, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, to name a few.

Mr. Tol was a member of the outstanding “Flanders Recorder Quartet” until 2007 and performed over 600 concerts around the world with them. In his orchestral work with the “Balthasar Neumann Ensemble” of Freiburg, Germany, his interpretation of 17th century Italian music while clad in full clown apparel was probably the most memorable. Han Tol was their guest artistic director for the production of the highly praised CD, “Perpetuum Mobile”, with recently discovered repertory by Telemann.

A rare recorder built around 1695 by Benedikt Gahn, Neuremberg, Germany, accompanies him on his concert tours.

The German music magazine “Tibia” recently published two articles by Han Tol, the result of his extensive research on the life and works of the mysterious sixteenth-century Venetian musician, printer and painter, Sylvestro Ganassi. The artist can be heard on 40 CD recordings for such labels as Teldec, Harmonia Mundi, EMI, and CPO. Sony Music Entertainment launched a CD on which Han Tol is paired with the well known gambist, Hille Perl, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra in Telemann’s double concerto for recorder, viola da gamba and orchestra. 


Nigel North

Nigel North was initially inspired into music, at age 7, by the early 60's instrumental pop group "The Shadows". Nigel studied classical music through the violin and guitar, eventually discovering his real path in life, the lute, when he was 15. Basically self taught on the lute, he has (for over 30 years) developed a unique musical life which embraces activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer.

Some "mile stones" on the way have included the publication of a continuo tutor (Faber 1987)- representing his work and passion for this subject. The music of J.S.Bach has been another passion, and the 4 Volume CD collection "Bach on the Lute" was recorded on the Linn Records label (1994-1997), now available as a 4 disc box set.

The ensemble Romanesca was formed by Nigel, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ). For ten years (1988-1998) they explored, performed and recorded 17th century chamber music winning several international awards for their recordings.

Nigel North enjoys accompanying singers and is also an enthusiastic teacher. For over 20 years he was Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London; from 1993-1999 he was Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin; 2005-2207 he was Lute Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag , Netherlands, and since January 1999 Nigel North has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute,  Indiana University, Bloomington in the USA.

Recent recording projects have included, Robert Dowland’s “A Musical Banquet” with soprano, Monika Mauch, for ECM (2008) , Lute Songs with tenor Charles Daniels for ATMA (2007) and the Lute Music of Robert Johnson for Naxos (2010).



Concert programme

In 1511, Sebastian Virdung published a book about music and the important instruments in use at the time (Musica getutscht). Significantly, the recorder (Blockflöte, flauto dolce) and the lute (Laute, liuto) are represented as two of only three main instruments. The contrasting sounds of our instruments – a sweet melodic and expressive “organ pipe”, and the plucked sound of double strings over a hollow gourd-shaped wooden body – share one thing in common; the desire and ability to make the music sing.

Our programme, while it covers at least 200 years of music, will not be presented to you chronologically, but more as a tapestry of all the different genres of music that it is possible to share and enjoy with these two magnificent instruments. Vocal music, in one form or another, will feature heavily. In the 16th century, the primary music was vocal music, and most instrumental players and composers imitated the princely vocal music. We will hear three of the hit tunes of the century; de Rore’s Ancor che col partire, Sandrin’s Doulce memoire and Josquin’s Mille regretz.

Virtuosity was part of the art of the recorder, often expressed in diminutions (divisions or passaggi), and this aspect of the recorder’s nature may be heard in the sets of divisions (van Eyck, Finger etc) and the borrowings from violin music by Uccellini and Corradini.

In the 16th century the lute was developed as a contrapuntal instrument, able to represent 3, 4 or 5 voices on one instrument. These contrapuntal skills will be heard in all of the 16th century intabulations. Around 1600 the lute became one of the principal basso continuo instruments and in this role the recorder has an able and suave partner in the works of Marcello, Schickhardt, Corradini and Uccelini, in Arias, Grounds and Dances, including the two Chaconnes which bring our evening to a close. While only one piece has the title, Una Suave Melodia, we hope you will find that true of each and every piece of music in our programme.

Nigel North


Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenska Bistrica Castle

The Slovenska Bistrica Castle is the central town building and an example of large lowland castle formations in Slovenia. The earliest documented use is dated 1313.


The price of the Festibus (a coach provided for all concerts outside of Ljubljana) is 10 EUR regardless of the event location.