Telemann - 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba (2019)

Telemann

Ralph Rousseau

Ralph Rousseau performs Telemann's 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba on TRPTK - his debut album at NativeDSD. Recorded at the Geertekerk in Utrecht, this album features the fantasias by Telemann. Music that was long thought of as forgotten, until they reappeared in a German library in 2015.

Instrument: 6-string viola da gamba by Georg Aman (Augsburg, early 18th century)

"Starting with the location — together with Ralph, we chose the magnificent Geertekerk in our hometown of Utrecht. Built in the 13th century, this church has some of the most incredible acoustics in the country, making it perfect for a period instrument such as the gamba. Of course, we also had to use the best tools for the job, so we reached out to DPA Microphones in Denmark, who were kind enough to supply us with their latest 4006A omnidirectional and 4015A subcardioid microphones. We wanted to record the Geertekerk as it is, in surround, with nothing added or removed from it, making the DPAs the clear choice. Paired with the most high-end microphone cabling in the world, custom-built for us by Furutech, and suspended on their NCF Boosters, we were sure of creating the most accurate reproduction of the sound of Ralph’s instrument in the space were we spent two and a half days of intense recording. (...)
This recording will forever have a special place in my heart, as I hope it will also have for you, dear listener. If you enjoy it even half as much as I did when recording and still do to this day, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way."

- Brendon Heinst, Producer TRPTK

"For the small scene of viola da gamba players, 2015 has been an unforgettable year. The most important discovery in years was revealed: in an archive in the German city of Osnabrück, a full copy surfaced of the long-lost Fantasias for viola da gamba solo by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Each page had one. And that, with Telemann’s memorial year coming up, the anniversary where he would finally gain the wide acknowledgement he deserves. The year 2017 marked 250 years since the Magdeburg-born composer passed away."
- from Liner Notes by Merlijn Kerkhof

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Ralph Rousseau

Ralph Rousseau knew very early on that music and science would be dominating factors in his life. Playing the piano and bass guitar at the age of eight he later combined his conservatoire double-bass studies with a university physics degree, graduating ‘cum laude’ in both.

His professional career started as a double-bass player, where he performed with, among others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As a researcher, he worked for Shell and for the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research. He combined this with pop, jazz, and rock music.

His first, fortuitous, acquaintance with the viola da gamba made him switch instantly. He studied with Jaap ter Linden and rapidly became the most prominent Netherlands ambassador for the seven-stringed instrument. His many recordings of composers such as Telemann, Bach, and Marais have been internationally praised and his cross-over work has also gained exceptional recognition. Ralph’s album Chansons d’Amour was awarded the Edison classical audience award, the Netherlands’ most prestigious cd award.

Ralph’s greatest strength is his interpretation of the works for solo viola da gamba.

The presentation of his concerts is very personal; he introduces the works himself and his commentary creates an intimate atmosphere even in the largest of halls. He is currently working in the theatre as well, performing one-man shows with such directors as Justus van Oel and Han Peekel.

He has been gamba soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Arnhem Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra Bach Ensembles, the North-Netherlands Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, with such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ivan Fischer, but also with popular musicians as Lenny Kuhr, Ad Visser, and Eric Vloeimans. Various composers have created new works for him and his solo concerts have brought him to music festivals throughout Europe, the United States, Thailand, and China.

Son of a teacher, Rousseau displays a keen interest in education. In 2011 he decided to do the Master of Education, graduating cum laude in the field. He actually worked as a physics teacher in secondary education for some time, before accepting a position as an assistant professor at Utrecht University, where he is currently researching intrinsic motivation, the deepest driving forces of students, learners, and people in general.

Ralph is a macrobiotic cook, an accomplished t’ai chi practitioner, he has been mediating daily for 35 years, and is fascinated by history, astrophysics, and aviation. He obtained his private pilot’s licence (PPL) in 2009.

Ralph’s unorthodox combination of activities and the lessons learned in the different fields, combined with his professional insights in motivational theory, have made him a popular public speaker in the field of inner driving forces and intrinsic motivation.

photo: from booklet TTK0043

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Telemann - 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba (2019)

Telemann

Ralph Rousseau

Cables: Furutech custom microphone cables, Furutech custom loudspeaker cables, Furutech custom power cables, Furutech LineFlux XLR, Furutech NanoFlux NCF
Digital Converters: HAPI, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Mastering Room: KEF Blade Two loudspeakers, Hegel H30 amplifiers, Meze Empyrean headphones
Microphones: DPA d:dicate 4006A, DPA d:dicate 4015A
Misc.: Furutech NCF Boosters, CAD Ground Control GC1, RTFS Acoustics, JCAT M12 Switch Gold, JCAT NET Card FEMTO
Power Conditioning: Furutech Daytona 303E
Producer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heinst, Ben van Leliveld, Bart Koop
Recording Location: Geertekerk in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from June 27th to 29th, 2019.
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Fantasia No. 1 in C Minor, TWV 40-26- I. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio - Allegro
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Fantasia No. 1 in C Minor, TWV 40-26- II. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 2 in D Major, TWV 40-27- I. Vivace
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Fantasia No. 2 in D Major, TWV 40-27- II. Andante
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Fantasia No. 2 in D Major, TWV 40-27- III. Vivace - Da Capo
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Fantasia No. 2 in D Major, TWV 40-27- IV. Presto
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Fantasia No. 3 in E Minor, TWV 40-28- I. Largo
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Fantasia No. 3 in E Minor, TWV 40-28- II. Presto
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Fantasia No. 3 in E Minor, TWV 40-28- III. Vivace
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Fantasia No. 4 in F Major, TWV 40-29- I. Vivace
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Fantasia No. 4 in F Major, TWV 40-29- II. Grave
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Fantasia No. 4 in F Major, TWV 40-29- III. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 5 in B Major, TWV 40-30- I. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 5 in B Major, TWV 40-30- II. Largo
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Fantasia No. 5 in B Major, TWV 40-30- III. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 6 in G Major, TWV 40-31- I. Scherzando
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Fantasia No. 6 in G Major, TWV 40-31- II. Dolce
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Fantasia No. 6 in G Major, TWV 40-31- III. Spirituoso
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Fantasia No. 7 in G Minor, TWV 40-32- I. Andante
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Fantasia No. 7 in G Minor, TWV 40-32- II. Vivace
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Fantasia No. 7 in G Minor, TWV 40-32- III. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 8 in A Major, TWV 40-33- I. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 8 in A Major, TWV 40-33- II. Grave
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Fantasia No. 8 in A Major, TWV 40-33- III. Vivace
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Fantasia No. 9 in C Major, TWV 40-34- I. Presto
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Fantasia No. 9 in C Major, TWV 40-34- II. Grave
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Fantasia No. 9 in C Major, TWV 40-34- III. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 10 in E Major, TWV 40-35- I. Dolce - Allegro - Dolce - Allegro
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Fantasia No. 10 in E Major, TWV 40-35- II. Siciliana
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Fantasia No. 10 in E Major, TWV 40-35- III. Scherzando
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Fantasia No. 11 in D Minor, TWV 40-36- I. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 11 in D Minor, TWV 40-36- II. Grave
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Fantasia No. 11 in D Minor, TWV 40-36- III. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 12 in E-flat Major, TWV 40-37- I. Andante
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Fantasia No. 12 in E-flat Major, TWV 40-37- II. Allegro
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Fantasia No. 12 in E-flat Major, TWV 40-37- III. Vivace
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