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Antoine Forqueray (1671-1745) & Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782): Pièces de viola with basse continuo / Paolo Pandolfo, viola; Guido Balestracci, viola; Rolf Lislvand, theorbo, Edwardo Egüez, theorbo; Giudo Morini, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Forqueray, Antoine : Pieces de viole & continuo, Book 1, 5 suites (1747)
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Notes & Reviews:

Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray represent the two leading figures from the world of the French viola da gamba with - in the opinion of a contemporary in Hubert Le Blanc - the former playing like an angel and the latter like a devil. And fiendishly difficult to play, of course, are many of the pieces brought together in the volume prepared by Jean-Baptiste Forqueray ("le fils") in 1747, two years after the death of his father, and drawn from sketches and memories. Glossa is now bringing back into circulation - in a newly-prepared edition - the recording which introduced Paolo Pandolfo to the label, where he was joined by a starry group of fellow performers in Guido Balestracci, Rolf Lislevand, Eduardo EgŁez and Guido Morini. A legendary album, one which confirmed Pandolfo, now some twenty years ago, as one of the greatest viola da gambists of our own present times.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2016
Almost equal to Marais, Antoine Forqueray's music for bass viol was issued by his son, Jean-Baptiste, who added three of his own pieces. Pandolfo is an eloquent advocate for distinctive repertoire.

CD Review, 9th July 2016
A seriously lovely demonstration of the viol playing of Paolo Pandolfo ... Pandolfo's playing runs the gamut of improvisatory flair to extraordinary delicacy and Rolf Lislevand's theorbo playing exceptional as well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Montevarchi di Arezzo, Italy (02/1994/04/1995).


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>Forqueray, Antoine : Pieces de viole & continuo, Book 1, 5 suites (1747)
  • Performers: Guido Balestracci (Viola da gamba); Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Guido Morini (Harpsichord); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque