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Jozef Van Wissem - Ex Patris [Important Records - 2010]

‘Ex Patris’ is an atmospheric, moody and entrancing collection of instrumental pieces purely for the Baroquote Lute. Dutch born and based Jozef van Wissem is one of the most respected & know modern exponents of the lute. ‘Ex Patris’  is his second solo album to be released on Important Records- it was original released on vinyl only last year, but it now receives a welcome release on CD too.

The album features six tracks in all that run between the two and half minute mark to nearly the fourteen minute mark a piece. The tracks move from being thick and heady  with the  dramtic medlioes, to  ornate and delicate like on the oriental soaked tones of  the track ‘Son of Dawn’. The picecs melodic themes move from folky to slightly doomy cinematic, to poignant and dramatic classical- yet it never sounds old or dusty. You could easily imagine any of the tracks here been used for film soundtracks, as each track nicely conjures up dramatic or  emotional filmatic scenes in ones mind.  But the tracks also stand alone very well, and they managed to be both highly hypnotic and wholly captivating with Wissem executing each with exquisite detail and grace.

Sadly the lute is often thought of an instrument of another time,  that’s mostly used for recreating or play the music of the middle ages. But with ‘Ex Patris’  Wissem proves that it’s a timeless instrument, and a deeply atmospheric sonic tool.

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Roger Batty
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