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A Piacere: Music for viola da gamba by Sanz, Sainte-Colombe / Fahmi Alqhai, viola da gamba; Arcangel, Pedro Estevan

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Album Summary

>Sanz, Gaspar : Marizapalos, nombre de chica y de una melodia popular, for guitar (from Instruccion de Musica sobre
>Murcia, Santiago de : Fandango, for guitar
>Sanz, Gaspar : Passacalles por la C, for guitar (from Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra espanola, Book 3)
>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios II, for guitar (Instruccion de Musica sobre la Guitarra Espanola, Book 2)
>Alqhai, Fahmi : El canto de los pajaros, for voice, tenor viola & 4 viola da gambas
>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Les Pleurs, for solo basse de viole
>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Work(s)
>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Le Pleureux
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Sauvages, for harpsichord in G minor (Nouvelles suites)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Les Voix Humaines, for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pieces de viole, Book II, no 63)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : La Guitare, for viola da gamba & continuo in G major (Pieces de viole, Book III, no 107)
>Satriani, Joe : Always with Me, Always with You
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata, BWV 1003
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Notes & Reviews:

In A piacere Fahmi Alqhai demonstrates once again what an expressive musician he has become, and with the viola da gamba as his "Wondrous Muse", he recreates for CD a concert program which he has been touring and refining over recent years. Quickly following on from his ensemble album Rediscovering Spain (performed with Accademia del Piacere) this new release from Glossa has a distinctively soloistic feel and approach to it, with Alqhai relishing the different moods and musical directions that his chosen musical "voice" permits him to take.

Considering the instrument as so much more than a relic from the decaying aristocratic age of Louis XV in France, Alqhai demonstrates - by his choice of program in A piacere and his playing - the viol's versatility, flexibility and depth of emotional response: music from Spanish, German and French Baroque masters of the instrument are joined by Alqhai's own version of the Joe Satriani Always with me, always with you rock number. Notably in his Satriani adaptation (but also in an old Spanish popular melody featuring the cantaor Arcángel, as well as elsewhere) Alqhai receives support from musician friends gathered at the sessions in Sevilla, all helping to create - in marvelous sound - a new demonstration of the creative freedom that old music can allow for in the right hands.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013).



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>Sanz, Gaspar : Marizápalos, nombre de chica y de una melodia popular, for guitar (from Instrucción de Música sobre
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Murcia, Santiago de : Fandango, for guitar
  • Performers: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Pablo Caminero (Violin); Pablo Caminero (Double Bass); Augustin Diassera (Percussion)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1730

>Sanz, Gaspar : Passacalles por la C, for guitar (from Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española, Book 3)
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios II, for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 2)
  • Performers: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Pablo Caminero (Violin); Pablo Caminero (Double Bass); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Alqhai, Fahmi : El canto de los pájaros, for voice, tenor viola & 4 viola da gambas
  • Performers: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Johanna Rose (Voice); Arcangelo (Voice); Ignacio Valle; Rami Alqhai (Tenor Viola)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Les Pleurs, for solo basse de viole
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Work(s) :: Allemande
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Le Pleureux :: Sarabande
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Sauvages, for harpsichord in G minor (Nouvelles suites)
  • Performers: Juan Rivera (Theorbo); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : Les Voix Humaines, for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pièces de viole, Book II, no 63)
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin [Composer] : La Guitare, for viola da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces de viole, Book III, no 107)
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Satriani, Joe : Always with Me, Always with You
  • Performers: Ignacio Valle; Augustin Diassera (Percussion); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata, BWV 1003 :: Andante
  • Performer: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720