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Virtuoso Solos For Viola Da Gamba / Sergei Istomin


Release Date: 10/21/2003 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 23144   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karl Friedrich AbelGeorg Philipp TelemannJohannes Schenck
Performer:  Sergei Istomin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although there's nothing musically extraordinary here, these works for solo viola da gamba are well-crafted examples of the multi-national coalition of styles that characterized late-Baroque German instrumental music. And because we hear the lines and harmonies sung only by the expressive voice of a single gamba, it's easy to follow each composer's proclivities toward particular gestures and basic structures and to separate the three regarding their different levels of affinity for the instrument. Abel's extensive technical demands and use of the gamba's full range (one of his Preludes is reminiscent of a similar movement in Bach's solo cello suites) shows the confidence and abandon of one who in fact was a virtuoso player; but for its lack Read more of text, Telemann's Sonata in D major could equally serve as a short cantata, complete with a recitative and aria in the middle; and Schenk throws everything into his two sonatas (selections from L'Echo du Danube Op. 9), from French gavottes to Italian gigues to German adagios.

Sergei Istomin is a fine if fairly conservative interpreter who spares ornamentation and opts for a tone that varies from a light scraping in some arpeggiated passages to a more full bodied quality that nevertheless leaves us feeling as if we're only hearing a portion of the expressive tonal range of Istomin's 1996 Belgian instrument. While it may be an intentional stylistic effect, Istomin has a tendency to drop or diminish certain notes in some of the faster runs and arpeggios; although our ear fills them in, I'd prefer more sharply defined articulation in these places. The sound puts us at a comfortable distance from the soloist, allowing for adequate detail yet providing sufficient space for the gamba to nicely resonate. [6/29/2004]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: no 20 in D minor, WKO 205 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
2.
Getreue Music-Meister: no 45, Sonata for Viola da gamba solo in D major TV 40 no 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1728; Germany 
3.
Sonatas (6) for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo, Op. 9 "L'Echo du Danube": no 5 in E minor by Johannes Schenck
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1704; Düsseldorf, Germany 
4.
Sonatas (6) for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo, Op. 9 "L'Echo du Danube": no 6 in A minor by Johannes Schenck
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1704; Düsseldorf, Germany 
5.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: no 21 in D minor, WKO 206 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
6.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: no 22 in D minor, WKO 207 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
7.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: no 23 in D minor, WKO 208 by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
8.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: Minuet in D minor by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
9.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: Presto by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
10.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: Aria in D major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
11.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: Allegro in D major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 
12.
Pieces (27) for Viola da Gamba: Adagio in D major by Karl Friedrich Abel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1770; London, England 

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