Gamba players have a healthy respect for Franois Couperin’s ‘Pices de Viole’; they are not pieces to be casually included in one’s repertoire. Couperin himself was not a gamba player, and he wrote these impressive suites without realizing the technical consequences of his writing; sometimes it takes the performer a long time to find an adequate fingering or bowing. Besides, it is impossible to make a selection of the ‘Pices de Viole’ for a program (as one could, for example, with the compositions of Marin Marais, which fill five books), because only two suites for gamba and continuo by Couperin have survived. Either you play the complete suites, or you don’t play them at all. Nevertheless, we have decided to perform these pieces; the hard work which they demand is amply rewarded by the greatness and sheer richness of the music.
Total time: 01:10:27
van den Hul T3 series
DCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
B&W 803 diamond series
Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Rens Heijnis custom design
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Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands November 2001
Pyramix bij Merging
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|Release Date||May 10, 2014|
prachtige muziek voor de gamba … de musici zijn gelijkwaardige partners, de klavecimbel vult op creative wijze de ruimten tussen de noten van de gamba op.
rustig ademende muzikale lijnen …verrassende sonoreiteiten waarin de veelzijdigheid van de gambaklank maximaal tot uiting komt.
Couperin enthousiasts will equally delight in van der Velden and Wilsons exemplary performances. Highly recommended.
This recording is maybe the only possibility to hear pardessus the viole, the smallest instrument of the viola da gamba family, smaller than the violin as we know it today the unique color of the instrument sounds directly and with details to the listener
Mieneke van der Velden turns in happily inspired performances of these works, with Glenn Wilson providing thoroughly idiomatic playing.
Its a bracing and exciting view of French baroque
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