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Gibbons: Fancies for the Viols / Joubert-Calliet, L'Acheron


Release Date: 10/27/2017 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 384  
Composer:  Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was one of the most complete musicians of the Elizabethan era. He made talented contributions to every genre of vocal and instrumental music. In the domain of the fantasia for viols, he wrote for numerous combinations of between two and six instruments and elaborated endlessly inventive formal structures, in which traces of Italianism are by no means absent. L’Achéron offers us a wide selection from this repertory, which it has recorded on viols based on early seventeenth-century English models. The viols include a Consort Bass, a Lyra-Way Bass, two Tenors, and two Dessus. All of these instruments were manufactured between 2012 and 2017; they are strung with six strings and with equal tension. They have Read more employed a violone for the pieces in which Orlando Gibbons calls for the use of Great Double Bass. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasias (4) à 6: no 3 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
2.
Fantasias (15) à 3: no 6 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
3.
In Nomine à 5 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
4.
Fantasia a 3, No.1, for viols, MB7 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
5.
Fantasias (6) à 2: no 1 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6.
Fantasias (4) à 3 "for the great double bass": no 4 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
7.
Galliard a 3 (Music for the Double Bass), MB23 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
8.
Fantasias (6) a 6: no 2, MB 32 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
9.
Fantasia a 3, No.8, for viols, MB14 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
10.
Pavan and Galliard a 6 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
11.
Fantasia a 3 (Music for the Double Bass), No.3, MB18 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
12.
Fantasia a 2, No.4, for viols, MB4 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
13.
In Nomine à 5 no 2 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 
14.
Fantasia a 4, No.1, for viols, MB24 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
15.
Fantasia a 3, No.2, for viols, MB8 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
16.
Fantasias (6) a 6: no 3, MB 33 by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
17.
Go from my window by Orlando Gibbons
Conductor:  François Joubert-Caillet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Achéron
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review January 6, 2018 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "Francois Joubert-Caillet, leader of the ensemble L’Achéron, informs us in the liner notes of the CD how his group came about in forming a “perfectly proportioned Consort of Viols according to the precepts current during the 17th Century”. The six viols used for the recording were manufactured by Arnaud Giral They are faithful copies of instruments attributed to Henry Jay (c. 158 – c. 1641), one of the better known viol makers of the period. His shop was located in Southwark, near London. What is so specific to this consort is that the “… viols were built in proportion to each other, with the dessus being half the size of the consort bass and the tenor three quarters: the instruments were therefore built to harmonies with each other, as are the pipes of an organ”. “… the homogeneity and balance of the consort’s sound create the feeling of hearing one and the same instrument…”. L’Acheron’s interpretation of the Fantasies of Orlando Gibbons has been saluted by Alberic Lagier of the webzine Musikzen (11/2017) as being “Bewitching” – “Their interpretation is faultless… one never gets tired of listening to these musicians”. Another perfect result - 5/5 - is posted by the German webzine Rondo. Some very interesting commentaries are posted by Jean-Stéphane Sourd Durand on another webzine – Baroquiades (1/2017). His appreciation is based on a concert given by the ensemble in October 2017. It is a very well documented assessment of the ensemble interpretation of most of the works already recorded earlier for the Ricercar label. These musicians “ have been able to recreate with virtuosity the divine inspiration emanating from Gibbons’ music. The instrumental line was based on a unique depth based on an imitation of the human voice”. “L’Acheron was also able to express the complex character of these works which are at times like fugues, at times written on a delicate counterpoint, at times appearing like melodic lines”. The only sour note comes from the reviewer of the French magazine Diapason (# 663, 12/2017) (Note: 3). His appreciation of 4 of the 18 works recorded is rather negative. More reviews should eventually be available. At Classic @ la Carte, we continue searching for more information. You can read what has been made available simply by searching with the following criteria : “ classicalacarte + ID384 “" Report Abuse
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