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Hume: Passion & Division

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>Hume, Tobias : The First Part of Ayres, for solo viol
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Notes & Reviews:

Susanne Heinrich's first solo release for Hyperion was a deliciously atmospheric award-winning disc of music by Abel. She continues her exploration of the world of the viol with this fascinating selection of works by the English composer Tobias Hume. Hume is a paradoxical figure: sometime mercenary solider and popularly described as a dilettante, the suggestive titles of some of these pieces reinforce that picture-a picture that is belied by the music itself. Many of these works show a deep understanding of pure, translucent emotion, as if to take a magnifying glass straight to the core of one's feelings. A sense of melancholy and sadness, enhanced by Heinrich's sympathetic playing, entices the listener into a world of dark enchantment.

"One might think that a collection of pieces for solo viol would be dull, but this is curious music, quite mercurial in its moods, some light and cheerful and some dark and brooding. Miss Heinrich has written rather detailed and engaging notes, and I cannot resist quoting from the end: 'Every piece is a small microcosm with its own colors and character. These forgotten gems need to be taken out of their dusty drawers, polished, and enjoyed in their full glory.' This program is charming and extremely well done...After hearing this program, you will likely want to explore further." - American Record Guide

'From this old soldier I didn't expect touching intimacy, warm tenderness and real emotional introspection, but Heinrich finds it all and conveys it with such love and admiration that it's hard not to be won over. A gem in its own right' (International Record Review)

'Her playing is full of insight, and, most important, deep affection for this most idiosyncratic composer, beloved by all bass viol players ... One cannot fail to be stimulated ... The sound is often sumptuous, sometimes the brilliance of the tenor in the 'Souldiers Resolution' or 'Tickell tickell', sometimes plucked, sometimes deep and mysterious in the lyra tuning for her opening improvisations which lead to 'Loves pastime' , and the playing has all the authority of long study of this puzzling, fascinating and beautiful music' (Early Music Review)

'Among the most substantial and profound pieces in this collection is Captain Humes Pavan, in which Heinrich is poised and unhurried, yet reliantly flowing both in terms of her musical ideas and their execution. Her playing is also ravishingly beautiful and deeply moving' (The Strad)

'Heinrich's style is attractively grainy in tone and plaintive in manner, with a more pervasive melancholy than Jordi Savall sought out in his Hume collection of 2004' (The Irish Times)

Gramophone Magazine
Ah, but the music! The melancholy of the opening and closing tracks is bewitching. Here, and elsewhere on the disc, Heinrich dramatically - often poetically - conveys Hume's deeply personal, seemingly reflective musical utterances...Bravo!

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
Every now and then, a CD is released that knocks one's reviewing socks off with its combined originality of repertoire and quality of musical performance...the music dances, muses and mourns within her warm tone. The ornamentation is clean and elegant, rubatos are beautifully judged, and technical challenges are carried off with a sense of effortlessness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (04/23/2009-04/25/2009).


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>Hume, Tobias : The First Part of Ayres, for solo viol
  • Performer: Susanne Heinrich (Tenor Violin)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (04/23/2009-04/25/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1605