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Viola da Gamba Edition


Release Date: 07/05/2019 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: BRI95779  
Composer:  John DowlandDiego OrtizSylvestro GanassiHenry Purcell,   ... 
Performer:  Fiorenza de DonatisCristiano ContadinMiguel Rincón RodriguezMya Fracassini,   ... 
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica AmphionModo Antiquo EnsembleOpera Prima Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 21 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This extensive set celebrates the vast repertoire of viola da gamba music and explores its contribution to the European musical landscape. The viola da gamba descends from the medieval fiddle, and the first viol dates from the 15th century. At first it was held sideways, like a guitar, then inspired by the playing style of Arab rebab musicians, Europeans began holding their instruments upright between the legs and thus the viola da gamba, or ‘leg-viol’ was born.

For the next three centuries the viola da gamba repertoire flourished and composers throughout Europe were drawn to the instrument because of its rich tone and versatile range which allowed for expressive variety. Unique for its time, the viola da gamba could act as a
Read more solo instrument or in different roles as part of an ensemble; as the melodic lead or bass accompaniment, for example. This set takes us on a whirlwind tour of Europe from the 16th to the 18th centuries and features concertos, chamber music, viol consorts and solo pieces.

The set begins in England with the first album dedicated to John Dowland’s work, Lachrimae. Next, we move to Italy, where composers channelled their efforts into writing extroverted concertante music for string ensembles, before touching on treatises by Venetian-born Silvestro Ganassi and Spanish composer Diego Ortiz. Their works represent the earliest collections of music composed exclusively for the gamba. The greatest gamba composers are accorded plenty of space in the set. Marin Marais appears on four albums, three of which are wholly dedicated to the French composer, and certainly anyone who has watched the film Tous les matins du monde will recognize some of the tracks. A different strand of French talent features in the Pieces de viole collection by Antoine Forequeray and his son Jean- Baptiste. Far from the restrained elegance of Marais, the Forequeray’s music delights in passion. Antoine was famous for his dramatic and brash playing style, and the collection is widely accepted to be the most virtuosic in the viola da gamba repertoire. As well as the opportunity to revel in the works of celebrated composers such as J.S. Bach, Purcell and Telemann, the set also showcases the work of lesser-known composers including Johannes Schenck, Angelo Michele Bartolotti and Jacques Morel, whose complete gamba music closes this set. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares by John Dowland
Performer:  Fiorenza de Donatis (Violin), Cristiano Contadin (Viola Da Gamba), Miguel Rincón Rodriguez (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
2.
Trattado de glosas by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Mya Fracassini (Viola Da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modo Antiquo Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1553; Italy 
3.
Regola Rubertina by Sylvestro Ganassi
Performer:  Mya Fracassini (Viola Da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modo Antiquo Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1542; Italy 
4.
Lettione seconda by Sylvestro Ganassi
Performer:  Mya Fracassini (Viola Da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Modo Antiquo Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1543; Italy 
5.
Fantasia for 3 Viols in D minor, Z 732 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
6.
Fantasia for 3 Viols in F major, Z 733 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
7.
Fantasia for 3 Viols in G minor, Z 734 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
8.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in G minor, Z 735 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
9.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in B flat major, Z 736 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
10.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in F major, Z 737 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
11.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
12.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
13.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor, Z 740 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
14.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in E minor, Z 741 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
15.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
16.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 743 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
17.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor (incomplete), Z 744 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; England 
18.
Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
19.
Fantasia in Nomine a 6 in G minor, Z 746 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
20.
Fantasia in Nomine a 7 in G minor, Z 747 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
21.
Les délices de la solitude, Op. 20 by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Cristiano Contadin (Viola Da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Prima Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
22.
Concerto for 4 Bassoons/Cellos "Le phénix" by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Cristiano Contadin (Viola Da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Prima Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738; France 
23.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Patxi Montero (Viola Da Gamba), Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
24.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Patxi Montero (Viola Da Gamba), Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
25.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Patxi Montero (Viola Da Gamba), Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
26.
Tyd en Konst-Oeffeningen, Op. 2: Excerpt(s) by Johannes Schenck
Performer:  Lixsania Fernández (Viola Da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Recondita Armonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1688; The Netherlands 
27.
Pièces de viole, Book 5 by Marin Marais
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711; France 
28.
Pièces de viole: Suite no 1 in D minor by Antoine Forqueray
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
29.
Pièces de viole: Suite no 2 in G major by Antoine Forqueray
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
30.
Pièces de viole: Suite no 3 in D major by Antoine Forqueray
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
31.
Pièces de viole: Suite no 4 in G minor by Antoine Forqueray
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
32.
Pièces de viole: Suite no 5 in C minor by Antoine Forqueray
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
33.
Sonatas or Partitas (14) for 1-2 Viole da gamba and Basso continuo by August Kühnel
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1698; Germany 
34.
Concerto for Recorder and Bass Viol da Gamba in A minor, TV 52 no a 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1735; Hamburg, Germany 
35.
Sinfonia for Recorder, Viola de Gamba, 2 Oboes, Trumpet, 3 Trombones, Strings and Basso Continuo in F major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768; Germany 
37.
Essercizii musici, P 47: no 14, Trio Sonata in F major, TV 42 no F 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740; Germany 
38.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
39.
Pieces de violle, Book 1 by Jacques Morel
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1709; France 

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