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Pieces Pour Deux Basses De Viole


Release Date: 05/20/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 45323   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François CouperinMatthew LockeJean de Sainte-ColombeChristoph Schaffrath,   ... 
Performer:  Jérôme HantaïKaori Uemura
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a vehicle for both recreation and delicacy of sentiment, the viola da gamba has a peerless lineage in the annals of baroque string music. In this well-balanced programme of music for two bass viols, the contrasting worlds of English and French seventeenth-century expression are agreeably juxtaposed. Whilst the Division (variants on a ground bass) by that avuncular mid-century pedagogue, Christopher Simpson, conveys more of the recreational than the expressive majesty of Couperin and Sainte-Colombe, there is always a satisfying conviviality in these skillful conversation pieces which deserves to be enjoyed beyond the privacy of domestic fiddling. Matthew Locke is stronger meat, and this is where the players embark on a more visceral form Read more of chamber playing. The two suites are seamlessly executed, the balance and understanding between JerOme Hantai and Kaori Uemura is always impressive, though the characterization of melodic gesture deserve greater engagement. Locke relishes disjunct melodic contour, not merely to surprise but in order to refine well-worn conceits.

Sainte-Colombe's masterfully adumbrating creations, Concerts a deux violes esgales, are rather more involving, and the playing in 'Tombeau les regrets' suitably brings out the sepia-like images, often directly inspired by literary models, and those irresistible silhouettes which French music can so powerfully summon up. The balletic elegance of the Couperin Concerts, if not positively fragrant, is nevertheless a mark of some considerable refinement. The tuning and ensemble between the players is admirable here. Yet whilst the timbre of the instruments is agreeably matched, I was too often left wishing these gifted players would break away and summon forth a few more of their own individual coloristic quirks and nuances. The Schaffrath work dazzles with its concerted galanterie: like Telemann's marvellous trebleinstrument duets, one forgets that there are only two players! The only German work in the programme caps a fine new release of music too often hidden in its own Pandora's box.

-- Gramophone [11/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1. Les goûts réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts: no 12 in A major by François Couperin
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
2. Les goûts réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts: no 13 in G major by François Couperin
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
3. Duos (12) in Suites (4) for 2 Bass Viola da gambas: no 2 in D major by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; England 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
4. Duos (12) in Suites (4) for 2 Bass Viola da gambas: no 4 in C major by Matthew Locke
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1652; England 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
5. Concerto for 2 Viols no 41 "Le retour" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
6. Concerto for 2 Viols no 44 "Tombeau Les regrets" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
7. Duet in D by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer:  Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol), Kaori Uemura (Bass viol)
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 
8. Division in F major by Christopher Simpson
Performer:  Kaori Uemura (Bass viol), Jérôme Hantaï (Bass viol)
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Doopsgezinde Gemeent 

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