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The Division Violinist / Henry Butler


Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1906   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry Butler
Performer:  Sara DieciElena Spotti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a virtuoso on the viola da gamba, Henry Butler’s fame reached beyond the region and epoch in which he was employed. This is remarkable, since his work was never published during his lifetime, because of an exclusive contract with his employer, the Spanish court. Henry Butler’s style of Divisions is very eleborate and demonstrates a profound knowledge of the instrument. In his music one can find a level of technical difficulty that remains unmatched in all successive epochs. Butler pushed the viola da gamba to explore all the range of its possibilities.

This collection of Henry Butler works is performed by Roberto Gini, Bass Viol, Marco Angilella, Bass Viol, Sara Dieci, Harpsichord and Organ, and Elena Spotti, Harp.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Divisions upon a Ground for bass viol & continuo in D major by Henry Butler
Performer:  Sara Dieci (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2.
Divisions upon a Ground for 2 bass viols & harp in G major ("Calino Casturame") by Henry Butler
Performer:  Elena Spotti (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Divisions upon a Ground for 2 bass viols in E minor by Henry Butler
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Divisions upon a Ground for 2 bass viols & harpsichord in A minor by Henry Butler
Performer:  Elena Spotti (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Prelude and Sonata, for bass viol & organ in E minor by Henry Butler
Performer:  Sara Dieci (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Divisions upon a Ground for bass viol & harp in C major by Henry Butler
Performer:  Elena Spotti (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Divisions upon a Ground for 2 bass viols in F major by Henry Butler
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Prelude and Divisions upon a Ground for 2 bass viols & harpsichord in F major by Henry Butler
Performer:  Sara Dieci (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9.
Divisions upon a Ground for 2 bass viols & harp in D minor ("Pavana di Spagna") by Henry Butler
Performer:  Elena Spotti (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Pieve di San Pietro a Presciano (AR) 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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