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

Audio Samples

>Sanz, Gaspar : Marizápalos, nombre de chica y de una melodia popular, for guitar (from Instrucción de Música sobre
>Murcia, Santiago de : Fandango, for guitar
>Sanz, Gaspar : Passacalles por la C, for guitar (from Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española, Book 3)
>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios II, for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 2)
>Alqhai, Fahmi : El canto de los pájaros, for voice, tenor viola & 4 violas da gamba
>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Les Pleurs, for solo basse de viole
>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Work(s)
>     Allemande
>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Le Pleureux
>     Sarabande
>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 (Pièces de viole, Book II, no 63)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : La Guitare, for viola da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces de viole, Book III, no 107)
>Satriani, Joe : Always with Me, Always with You
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata, BWV 1003
>     Andante

Album Summary

>Sanz, Gaspar : Marizápalos, nombre de chica y de una melodia popular, for guitar (from Instrucción de Música sobre
>Murcia, Santiago de : Fandango, for guitar
>Sanz, Gaspar : Passacalles por la C, for guitar (from Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española, Book 3)
>Sanz, Gaspar : Canarios II, for guitar (Instrucción de Música sobre la Guitarra Española, Book 2)
>Alqhai, Fahmi : El canto de los pájaros, for voice, tenor viola & 4 violas da gamba
>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 (Pièces de viole, Book II, no 63)
>Marais, Marin [Composer] : La Guitare, for viola da gamba & continuo in G major (Pièces 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.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
This entertaining conglomeration is a demonstration of how music appeals to gambist Fahmi Alqhai. Every piece begins more or less as the composer wrote it and is then commented on by Alqhai with the help of his friends. The result is enjoyable, since he is a polished player of this instrument and has an imaginative and far-ranging attitude towards the history of music. I admire Fahmi Alqhai for being able to blend styles in such an effective way.

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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Murcia, Santiago de : Fandango, for guitar
  • Performers: Augustin Diassera (Percussion); Pablo Caminero (Violin); Pablo Caminero (Double Bass); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Pablo Caminero (Double Bass); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Pablo Caminero (Violin)
  • Notes: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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 violas da gamba
  • Performers: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Ignacio Valle; Arcangelo (Voice); Rami Alqhai (Tenor Viola); Johanna Rose (Voice)
  • Notes: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Juan Rivera (Theorbo)
  • Notes: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Satriani, Joe : Always with Me, Always with You
  • Performers: Augustin Diassera (Percussion); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Ignacio Valle
  • Notes: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, 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: Santuario Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Espartinas, Spain (10/2013/11/2013); Estudio Sputnik, Sevilla, Spain (10/2013/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720