Risonanze: Music for Viola da Gamba
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Label: First Hand Records
Cat No: FHR83
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 24th May 2019
Allegro in D minor, WK208
Cello Suite no.2 in D minor, BWV1008
Suite Estiu (Summer Suite)
Sonata in D minor
ArtistsIbrahim Aziz (viola da gamba)
The album includes one of the highlights of the baroque era, the Cello Suite no.2 by J.S. Bach as well as other baroque works by Carl Friedrich Abel and Johan Schenck. “Risonanze” also includes contemporary works, including one specially written for Aziz, Journeying by Rebecca Rowe, along with the Summer Suite by Carlos Martinez Gil.
Popular between the 15th-18th centuries, the viol has a unique quality of sound through the plangent tones of its middle voice, silvery and vibrant high notes, and the depth of its bass and human-like qualities. Its bow is played with a technique that discourages sharp attacks on the strings, but instead draws out and threads together each note. This quality of sound is not volume but resonance.
Ibrahim Aziz was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has worked and travelled around the world with his viola da gamba. An award-winning student in London (he won the Trinity College of Music’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2005, being the first to do so on a period instrument, and was a finalist in the International Bach-Abel competition in Köthen a few years later), Aziz has since collaborated and performed with many distinguished personalities such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and natural historian Sir David Attenborough. He has formed various period instrument groups and, as a member of the Chelys Consort of Viols, the Stanesby Players, the London Abel Quartet and the Rose Consort of Viols, has appeared on numerous highly-acclaimed broadcasts and recordings.
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