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     Paul O'Dette

Born: Feb 2, 1954
Genre: Chamber Music
Country: USA

Few instrumentalists establish themselves with such firm authority as Paul O'Dette has on the lute. In fact, one writer described him as "the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument." In fact, O'Dette helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first century performers of early music aspire. In doing so, he helped infuse the performance practice movement with a perfect combination of historical awareness, idiomatic accuracy, and ambitious self-expression. "I remember when I first started playing the lute," O'Dette once recalled, "the common perception of Renaissance music was that it was kind of pre-expression - that people didn't use dynamics, they didn't use tone colors.... [But] the more we've learned, we've realized that in fact all of these expressive devices were being used throughout the sixteenth century." O'Dette deserves much of the credit for bringing this aspect of early music to the fore of performance practice.

O'Dette's musical career can be traced at least back to high school, during which time he played electric guitar in a rock band. Frustrated with the lack of pedagogical consensus within the rock guitar world, and seeking a higher level of technical rigor and discipline, O'Dette took a friend's advice and sought out instruction from a classical guitar teacher in order to improve his rock playing. His first assignment under his new teacher was to learn some Renaissance lute pieces arranged for guitar. He was immediately transfixed by the sonorities of the Renaissance, and sought out recordings of the music on authentic instruments. Also, as luck would have it, his teacher had a kit-made lute that he had never learned to play, which he sold to his student. Over the next few decades, O'Dette's collection expanded to include over 20 instruments, including a lute, an archlute, a chittarone, and a Baroque guitar.

The expansion of his collection paralleled the development of his career as the world's foremost lutenist. In 1976, O'Dette became Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music. He has subsequently appeared on over 100 recordings, both as a featured performer and with such prestigious company as Nigel Rogers, Christopher Hogwood, Jordi Savall, Trevor Pinnock, and Gustav Leonhardt. Among his accolades are several nominations for "Record of the Year" for his highly-respected 1995 recording of John Dowland's complete works for lute; the next year his CD of Purcell songs, a collaboration with Sylvia McNair, won a Grammy.

Perhaps O'Dette's style can be described as deeply human. Crucial to his sound is his awareness of the ethnic and dance topics that figure into the music. The dance gestures that correspond- albeit sometimes in only a stylized way - to the musical figures, find expression in the contour and phrasing of O'Dette's lines. He makes another enlightening comparison as well, one based on writings contemporaneous to the music: "All of the sixteenth century sources say that the best instrumentalists are those who can make you believe you are listening to words - that the best instrumental playing strives to imitate the voice in every way possible." This appealing (and historically informed) philosophy of performance and O'Dette's impeccable technique, have made his performance of early music a creative, rather than a curatorial, endeavor.

- Jeremy Grimshaw (All Music Guide)


Paul O'Dette has been called "the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument" {Toronto Globe and Mail). Though perhaps best known for his recitals and recordings of solo Renaissance lute music, he maintains an active international career as a continuo player, performing with todays most respected conductors and ensembles. Paul O'Dette has been heard in broadcasts on stations throughout the United States, Europe, and countries as far afield as Japan and Australia.

In addition to his activities as a performer, Mr. O'Dette is an avid researcher, having worked extensively on the performance and sources of 17th-century Italian and English solo song, continuo practices, and lute techniques - the latter resulting in a forthcoming book co-authored by Patrick O'Brien. Paul O'Dette has served as Director of Early Music at the Eastman School of Music since 1976 and is Artistic Director of the Boston Early Music Festival.

The artist has made more than 100 recordings, several of which have been nominated for Gramophones Record of the Year Award. Each volume of John Dowland's Complete Lute Works, featuring Mr. O'Dette on lute and orpharion, received a Diapason d'Or, and the complete set (hmu 907160.64) received the Diapason d'Or de I'Annee. Most recent releases include Le Secret des Muses lute music of Nicolas Vallet (hmu 907300) and The Royal Lewters, music of Henry VIII & Elizabeth Is favourite lutenists (hmu 907313), which garnered a choc du Monde de la Musique, a Diapason d'Or, and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik.

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esm.rochester.edu/faculty/?id=115 About
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Paul O'Dette - 'Alla Venetiana' - 1999, Harmonia mundi
 Paul O'Dette - 'Kapsberger: Lute Works' - 1990, Harmonia mundi
 Paul O'Dette - 'Melchior Neusidler: Lute Music' - 2008, Harmonia mundi
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Daniel Bacheler - 'The Bachelar's Delight' - 2006, Harmonia mundi
  как соисполнитель ...
 Francesco Geminiani - 'Concerti Grossi' - 1992, Sony

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