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Hume: Passion & Division / Susanne Heinrich

Hume / Heinrich
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67811  
Composer:  Tobias HumeWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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HUME Loves Pastime. A Jigge. Harke, Harke. Now I Come. Rossamond. Touch Me Lightly. The Duke of Holstones Almayne. A Souldiers Resolution. I Am Melancholy. Tickell, Tickell. A French Ayre. Deth. Life. The Spirit of Gambo. Tinckeldum, Twinckeldom. Captain Humes Pavan. A Souldiers Galliard. Loves Farewell Susanne Heinrich (vdg) HYPERION CDA 67811 (70:44)


Next to nothing is known to date of Captain Tobias Hume, as he styled himself. Circumstantial evidence leads us to believe he was born as early as 1575, or as Read more late as 1580, and we know he died in 1645. He was a soldier by profession, as well as a composer. We have no knowledge of his military training, though Hume states in the prefaces to his two collections of music largely for viol— The First Part of Ayres (1605) and Captain Humes Poeticall Musicke (1607)—that war had been his whole life, and music, just a hobby. He would seem to have been self-taught as a musician, as he never mentions his credentials. His works do not appear to have been very popular, judging from the lack of further publications and a general disinterest in copying selections of his music into private manuscripts for personal enjoyment, a common practice during the period.


Yet in modern times Hume has developed a following, because of the viol da gamba revival, the idiomatic nature of his writing, and the simple, direct music itself. Susanne Heinrich writes eloquently on behalf of Hume’s compositions, and I completely agree with her appreciation of these pieces drawn from his first book, including the lighter efforts, such as A Jigge, Touch Me lightly, Tinckeldum, Twinckeldum, The Duke of Holstones Almayne, and Life, and the more dolorous ones that include I am Melancholy, Deth, and the eloquent, Scots-sounding Loves Farewell . The last is plucked rather than bowed, one of a few numbers treated in this fashion, and with a richly expressive line underscored by Heinrich. In general, she’s more interested in phrasing than following exact rhythms, which sets her apart from the flexible but still bar-bound Paolo Pandolfo/Labyrinto (Glossa C80402), and the more strict Les Voix Humaines (Naxos 8.554126/7). Her approach in this respect is similar to that of Jordi Savall, yielding dividends in emotional communicativeness in Loves Pastime —somewhere between an exotic musette tune and an unmeasured prelude in style—and the lachrymose Captain Humes Pavan . Where Labyrinto takes The Spirit of Gambo at an allegro pace with an almost military jauntiness, and Les Voix Humaines treats it as a sepulchral dirge, Heinrich favors a slow but fluid moderato that emphasizes the piece’s somberness while leaving her free to employ all the resources of her instrument to advantage. Her technique is of course on display at all times, and while little of this music offers a challenge based on speed or complexity, for style, tonal beauty, and expressive phrasing, her accomplishment here would be hard to beat.


The sound is intimate and well equalized across the viol’s range, with just enough resonance to enhance it without drawing attention to the room. Heinrich’s own liner notes are informative, if partisan. (I understand the desire to stick up for an outsider such as Hume, but his offering of multiple copies of Captain Humes Poeticall Musicke with different epistolary dedications to milk gifts from various members of the nobility—switching out little but the names—smacks of a confidence trickery that even the highhanded Elizabethans acknowledged as distasteful.) In short, a delightful release, and recommended with full honors.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: Loves Pastime by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
2. Captaine Humes Musicall Humors: A Jigge by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
3. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: Harke, harke by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
4. The first part of ayres: no 28, Now I come by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1605; England 
5. Rossamond by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
6. The first part of ayres: no 38, Touch me lightly by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
7. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: Duke of Holstones Delight by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
8. The first part of ayres: no 11, A Souldiers Resolution by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
9. Captaine Humes Musicall Humors: I am melancholy by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
10. Tickell, tickell by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
11. A French Ayre by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
12. Captaine Humes Musicall Humors: Deth by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
13. The first part of ayres: no 13, Life by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
14. Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke: The Spirit of Gambo... by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1607; England 
15. The first part of ayres: no 22, Tinckeldum Twinckeldum by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
16. The first part of ayres: no 46, Captaine Humes Pauin by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
17. The first part of ayres: no 48, A Souldiers Galliard by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 
18. The first part of ayres: no 47, Love's farewell by Tobias Hume
Performer:  Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1605; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Captaine Humes Musicall Humors: Life
The First Part of Ayres: Love's farewell

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