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Senza Continuo: Bassano, Hume, Marais, Etc.

Audio Samples

>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Preludes (3) in D minor, for viola da gamba
>Machy (Demachy) : Suite for viola da gamba no 4 in G major
>Virgiliano, Aurelio : Ricercata per viola bastarda
>Bassano, Giovanni : Ricercata quarta
>Hume, Tobias : The first part of ayres
>Hume, Tobias : Tickle Me Quickly
>Hume, Tobias : Touche me lightly (No 38 in Musical Humors)
>Hume, Tobias : Good againe (No 14 in Musical Humors)
>Marais, Marin : Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pieces de viole, Book I, Nos. 28-47)

Album Summary

>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Preludes (3) in D minor, for viola da gamba
>Machy (Demachy) : Suite for viola da gamba no 4 in G major
>Virgiliano, Aurelio : Ricercata per viola bastarda
>Bassano, Giovanni : Ricercata quarta
>Hume, Tobias : The first part of ayres
>Hume, Tobias : Tickle Me Quickly
>Hume, Tobias : Touche me lightly (No 38 in Musical Humors)
>Hume, Tobias : Good againe (No 14 in Musical Humors)
>Marais, Marin : Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pieces de viole, Book I, Nos. 28-47)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A chamber musician at heart, this is Margaret Little's first adventure in recording solo repertoire. To bring out all the rich sonorities of her beautiful instrument on this recording, Margaret Little has chosen works for solo viola da gamba (without continuo) by Italian, French, and English Renaissance composers, including Giovanni Bassano, Tobias Hume, the Sieur de Sainte-Colombe, and Marin Marais. Margaret Little discovered the viola da gamba at the age of eleven and fell in love instantly with the instrument and its repertoire. Margaret has been performing since 1975 as a soloist and a chamber musician on the viola da gamba and baroque viola with various Montreal-based groups. Little founded the viola da gamba duo and consort Les Voix humaines with her colleague Susie Napper over twenty years ago.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009).



Reviews

Subtle beauties
I’ve never heard a bad recording involving viola da gambist Margaret Little. If you care anything about early music you will know her from a steady stream of excellent recordings she has made with a number of Montréal-based ensembles including Studio de Musique ancienne dé Montréal, Les Boréades and others for the ATMA Classique label. She’s probably best known as one half (with gambist Susie Napper) of the superb duo Les Voix humaines. On Senza Continuo Little goes solo in a program of French, Italian and English music from the renaissance and early baroque. There are few instruments with as much expressive power and pure tonal beauty as the viola da gamba and since it could play both melody and harmony, there is some fine solo repertoire for the instrument. Little has chosen some real beauties for this recording. As would be expected there’s music by two French composers closely associated with the instrument: Jean De Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais. Napper and Little have recorded Sainte-Colombe’s seminal Concerts á deux violes égales, so it’s especially pleasing to hear her in three of his solo works (he wrote nearly 177 solo works for the gamba). This is music that pushes the instrument (and soloist) to expressive and technical limits and Little excels. Little also makes the most of the pieces by Marais which were apparently intended to be played with basso continuo (the continuo parts were delayed at Marais’ printer) but played solo here. The Italian music – ricercars by Aurelio Virgiliano and Giovanni Bassano – require no small measure of technical flash and once again Little is up to the challenge. In some ways a set of pieces from Tobias Hume’s First Book of Ayres is best of all. Hume was one of the first and finest composers to write for the gamba as a purely solo instrument and the seven dance movements heard here really showcase his best efforts. As I said earlier, Little has technique aplenty but also an almost preternatural gift for channeling the composer’s thoughts and communicating them through the instrument, for me this was particularly noticeable in the Marais and Hume. The recording quality really captures the natural voice of strings and wood and makes for some of the most intimately realistic sound I’ve heard.
Submitted on 06/05/10 by Craig Zeichner 
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Works Details

>Sainte-Colombe, Jean de : Préludes (3) in D minor, for viola da gamba
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Machy (Demachy) : Suite for viola da gamba no 4 in G major
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Virgiliano, Aurelio : Ricercata per viola bastarda
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bassano, Giovanni : Ricercata quarta
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Hume, Tobias : The first part of ayres
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1605

>Hume, Tobias : Tickle Me Quickly
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1605

>Hume, Tobias : Touche me lightly (No 38 in Musical Humors)
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Hume, Tobias : Good againe (No 14 in Musical Humors)
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marais, Marin : Suite for viola da gamba & continuo in D major (Pièces de viole, Book I, Nos. 28-47)
  • Performer: Margaret Little (Viola da gamba)
  • Notes: Église Saint-Augustin, Mirabel, Québec, Canada (03/02/2009-03/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque