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Saltarello / Garth Knox, Agnes Westerman, Sylvain Lemetre

Album Summary

>Knox, Garth : Black Brittany, for viola d'amore & violoncello
>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Viola d'Amore in D minor, RV 393
>Knox, Garth : Fuga Libre, for viola
>Saariaho, Kaija : Vent Nocturne, for viola & electronics
>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
>Knox, Garth : Dances (3) for fiddle & percussion (after anonymous 14th-century dance melodies)
>Knox, Garth : Pipe, Harp and Fiddle, for fiddle & percussion
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Notes & Reviews:

Garth Knox's previous D'Amore - in duo with Agnes Vesterman - was Gramophone album of the month. The reviewer stated "This is quite simply one of the most outstandingly magical discs I have heard. From the very first notes one is totally captivated by the fantastic richness of the sound by the combination of viola d'amore and the cello... an undoubted feast of the senses.." And Saltarello is a stunning follow-up. Many instrumental compositions in music history, even if they're called sonata, suite, sinfonia or even fantasia, are essentially dances or else exhibit an unmistakable dancelike character. Not a few examples of so-called art music also have their origins in the folk music of a particular country or make us of popular or fold elements. Under the title "Saltarello", a 14th-century fast Italian dance in ¾ time survives today as a folk dance, viola player Garth Knox couples works stretching from the 12th century to the present day and demonstrates how fragile, even arbitrary, is the line drawn between art and folk music, but also that between old, music and new sounds. Taking up fiddle, viola and viola d'amore, accompanied by cellist Agnes Vesterman and percussionist Sylvain Lemetre, Knox presents his own works alongside music by Hildegard von Bingen; he juxtaposes the exquisite Renaissance sound of John Dowland against pieces by Kaija Saariaho that make subtle use of electronics, and sets arrangements of traditional melodies and anonymous dance movements against Vivaldi's D minor Viola d'amore Concerto - a sensuous survey of 1000 years of musical events.

Sunday Times
Knox's recital trades on the comparisons to be made between the delicious melancholic tints of the viola, the more silvery tones of the viola d'amore and the biting honesty of the fiddle.

The Observer
The viola is emerging from the shadows: Garth Knox's utterly original recital combines its dusky tones in new music...with music for the larger viola d'amore and medieval fiddle...all unified by Knox's clear-sighted vision and superb, earthy playing.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Altogether, this is a pleasant release in a curious idiom. Knox manages to make it work. If you find the style up your alley - and he is sensitive enough to make your walk a pleasure - you are ready to go up his particular street with him.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Bringing all this music seamlessly together are the remarkable sonic possibilities offered by the combination of cello and viola or viola d'amore. A fiddle and electronics are added for good measure but it's the massive range and depth of beauty of just these two instruments playing together that is at the heart of the recording.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Lugano (12/2009).

Includes work(s): ave, generosa (hildegard von bingen) / te by various composers.



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Works Details

>Knox, Garth : Black Brittany, for viola d'amore & violoncello
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Viola d'amore); Agnes Vesterman (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Purcell, Henry : Music for a while
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Viola d'amore); Agnes Vesterman (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1692

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Viola d'Amore in D minor, RV 393
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Viola d'amore); Agnes Vesterman (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Knox, Garth : Fuga Libre, for viola
  • Performer: Garth Knox (Viola)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Saariaho, Kaija : Vent Nocturne, for viola & electronics
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Viola); Kaija Saariaho (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Dowland, John [Composer] : Flow, my tears, fall from your springs, for 2 voices & lute (Second Book of Songs)
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Viola d'amore); Agnes Vesterman (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1600

>Saariaho, Kaija : Vent Nocturne, for viola & electronics
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Viola); Kaija Saariaho (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Knox, Garth : Dances (3) for fiddle & percussion (after anonymous 14th-century dance melodies)
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Fiddle); Sylvain Lemetre (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Knox, Garth : Pipe, Harp and Fiddle, for fiddle & percussion
  • Performers: Garth Knox (Fiddle); Sylvain Lemetre (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary