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Sainte Colombe: Retrouve et Change / Hille Perl


Release Date: 11/29/2000 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77373   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Hille PerlLee SantanaAndrew Lawrence-KingLorenz Duftschmid
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A few years ago, when Jordi Savall’s Hesperion was still only XX, I stumbled across a magnificent recording of that fine group playing viol consort music by the Englishman John Jenkins. Instantly I was in love with the sweet, enchanting sound of these predecessors to the modern string family. Shortly thereafter, the film, "Tous les Matins du Monde" would go on to be an international hit, and the Savall’s outstanding soundtrack recording would bring the viola da gamba out of historical obscurity and into a twentieth century light of day.

Up for grabs here is a reissue of Hille Perl and friends playing some lovely arrangements, reconstructions and original versions of music by the enigmatic M. Sainte Colombe, famous
Read more in his day as the teacher of Marin Marais, now a character shrouded in the mists of obscurity by a gross lack of biographical information.

There is nothing about the performances here that is not to enjoy. Opening with a delightful transcription of a keyboard prelude by Couperin, and traveling on through a chaconne or two and some lovely dances, Ms. Perl and her companions bring some neglected music to splendid life. She and her collaborators have made some judicious editorial decisions, adding instruments from time to time to either augment the scores, or to replace missing parts in the manuscripts. All of these alterations are done with such skill and taste as to be completely unnoticeable to anyone except the most well read expert in this repertoire.

Ms. Perl plays with a rich warm tone and accomplishes a good deal of rhythmic interest on an instrument whose deep sonorous voice, when coupled with the rather mellow speed of attack allowed by the bow can result in rather monochromatic listening when in the wrong hands. The addition of the harp in particular lends interest and vitality to what is otherwise very sweet and dreamy music.

A nice evening’s listen all in all and a chance for some aural peace and tranquility for a change. Recommended.

-- Kevin Sutton, MusicWeb International
reviewing this album previously reissued as DHM 93556

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...[Hille Perl] plays with good intonation and a strong sense of style; her renditions of French baroque viol music are about as musical as one will hear. Lorenz Duftschmidt is every bit her match as a gambist and musician--important on a disc including many pieces with two viol parts of equal importance...."Le Changé" is a glorious viol duet, and "Tombeau Les Regrets" is a wonderful piece for the entire ensemble...

-- American Record Guide (11-12/1997)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prélude à 7 cordes by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
2.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 10 "Les Couplets" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Lee Santana (Archlute), Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Organ),
Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
3.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 1 "Le retrouvé" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Lee Santana (Lute), Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Triple Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
4.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 8 "La conférence" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Lee Santana (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Triple Harp), Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba),
Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
5.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 2 "Le changé" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Lee Santana (Theorbo), Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
6.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 44 "Tombeau Les regrets" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lee Santana (Theorbo),
Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
7.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 48 "Le raporté" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Lee Santana (Theorbo),
Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
8.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 60 "Le majestueux" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba), Lee Santana (Theorbo),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
9.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 59 "Le précipité" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lee Santana (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
10.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 66 "L’infidelle" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Lee Santana (Theorbo), Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
11.
Concerto for 2 Viols no 61 "Le varié" by Jean de Sainte-Colombe
Performer:  Lorenz Duftschmid (Bass Viola da gamba), Hille Perl (Bass Viola da gamba), Lee Santana (Theorbo),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 

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