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Mr. Abel's Fine Airs / Susanne Heinrich

Album Summary

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio for solo viola da gamba, WKO 189
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Vivace for solo viola da gamba, WKO 190
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Allegro] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 192
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo minuetto for solo viola da gamba, WKO 154
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio, for viola da gamba (Ms Drexel 5871), WKO 209
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Arpeggio] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 205
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Tempo di menuet con variazioni] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 203-204
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Moderato] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 208
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Adagio] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 187
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Fugua for solo viola da gamba, WKO 196
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio and Allegro, for solo viola da gamba in D minor, WKO 155
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo di menuet for solo viola da gamba, WKO 153
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio for solo viola da gamba (no WKO)
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegro for solo viola da gamba, WKO 198
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo di menuet for solo viola da gamba, WKO 202
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Andante for solo viola da gamba, WKO 191
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Arpeggio] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 194
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegro for solo viola da gamba, WKO 207
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo di menuet for solo viola da gamba, WKO 188
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Andante] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 199
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Allegro] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 195
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegretto for solo viola da gamba, WKO 211
>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegro for solo viola da gamba, WKO 212
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Carl Friedrich Abel was a contemporary of J.C. Bach and a fashionable performer and promoter in 18th century London. Though in his day the viola da gama had already become a rarity, Abel's performances sparked a revival of interest among musicians and audiences. The works heard on this disc (six of which receive their first recording) can be seen as musical expressions of deep feeling, sharing the same tragic world inhabited by the gamba solos in J.S. Bach's Passions.

'Until the release of this new recording the fascinating world of Abel's gamba music has been pretty much a closed book ... Abel inclined towards simplicity and elegance, and Heinrich is always at pains to bring out the singing quality of the melodic lines ... From the outset Heinrich confidently masters the multiple stopping and the wide range of the music ... Throughout, Heinrich succeeds triumphantly in crafting each piece individually - creating a special atmosphere for each work' (International Record Review)

'This delightful release ... Abel was one of the last masters of the viola da gamba, and in these unaccompanied pieces he reveals an intimate art ... Heinrich brings to them exactly the right blend of emotional involvement and earnest good taste, and finds pleasing resonance and smoothness in her instrument, such that even nearly 80 minutes of solo gamba never tires the ear. An unexpected and atmospheric gem - I can almost hear the firewood crackling' (Gramophone)

'Abel's pieces are reminiscent of J S Bach's solo cello suites, so if you like them then you'll like these. They are far more than just dance suites though, both in terms of the frequently florid, technically demanding style (listen to the extraordinary multiple stops in the fugue), and in terms of their emotional range. Sensibility, or the practise of articulating direct and strong emotions, was all the rage in the arts world at the time, and Susanne Heinrich beautifully draws this out of Abel's writing. Charles Burney wrote at the time that Abel's viola da gamba seemed to breathe the notes, and I think he'd be similarly complementary of Heinrich's playing, were he alive and critiquing today' (BBC Online)

'Le naturel et la plénitude du chant demandent une paradoxale précision. Susanne Heinrich y excelle dans ce disque envoûtant et apaisé' (Diapason)

'What a cornucopia of expression and nuance she achieves! From the passionate Adagio (WK0209) - where she seems to inhabit Abel's sensibilities to perfection ... through the tender rendering of the much loved arpeggiated prelude (WK0205), to the vivacious concluding jig, this is outstanding artistry. Could even Abel have played these works better?' (Early Music)

'Susanne Heinrich proves herself a worthy heir to Abel's virtuosity and considerable gamba skill, and gives fluid accounts of this music' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'Heinrich plays them rather as Abel himself might have, with a sort of quiet affection as if she were playing for a small group in a room... I wish it would go on forever. There are a number of recordings of Abel's more public pieces, symphonies and chamber music, but I think these thoughtful viol solos do indeed capture him at his best' (American Record Guide)

'Estas piezas para viola da gamba solo son un estupendo testimonio de musicalidad post Bach, en buena versión de Susanne Heinrich' (La Vanguardia, Spain)



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>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio for solo viola da gamba, WKO 189
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Vivace for solo viola da gamba, WKO 190
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Allegro] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 192
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo minuetto for solo viola da gamba, WKO 154
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio, for viola da gamba (Ms Drexel 5871), WKO 209
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Arpeggio] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 205
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Tempo di menuet con variazioni] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 203-204
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Moderato] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 208
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Adagio] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 187
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Fugua for solo viola da gamba, WKO 196
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio and Allegro, for solo viola da gamba in D minor, WKO 155
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo di menuet for solo viola da gamba, WKO 153
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Adagio for solo viola da gamba (no WKO)
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegro for solo viola da gamba, WKO 198
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo di menuet for solo viola da gamba, WKO 202
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Andante for solo viola da gamba, WKO 191
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Arpeggio] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 194
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegro for solo viola da gamba, WKO 207
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Tempo di menuet for solo viola da gamba, WKO 188
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Andante] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 199
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : [Allegro] for solo viola da gamba, WKO 195
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegretto for solo viola da gamba, WKO 211
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770

>Abel, Carl Friedrich : Allegro for solo viola da gamba, WKO 212
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (10/24/2006-10/26/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1770