The Excellency of Hand: English Viola da Gamba Duos | Resonus Classics RES10186

The Excellency of Hand: English Viola da Gamba Duos


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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10186

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 31st March 2017



Following on from his critically acclaimed recording of solo English viola da gamba works (Tickle the Minikin), founder member of Fantasticus, Robert Smith, returns with this album of English works for viola da gamba duo. Smith is joined in this collaboration by the prolific and celebrated gambist Paolo Pandolfo.

Featuring a selection of seventeenth-century repertoire from Christopher Simpson, John Jenkins and Simon Ives, this album is packed with divisions for duo, which are often intensely virtuosic. Also featured are a selection of preludes from Christopher Simpson’s The Division Viol and an additional Prelude in A minor by gambist Robert Smith.

‘Soloist Robert Smith combines agility with grace in a vivacious performance’ - BBC Music Magazine

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