CF Abel - A Sentimental Journey: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Continuo | Glossa GCD920418

CF Abel - A Sentimental Journey: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Continuo

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD920418

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 12th February 2021

Contents

Artists

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)
Amelie Chemin (Baroque cello, viola da gamba)
Andrea Buccarella (fortepiano, harpsichord)
Thomas Boysen (Baroque lute)

Works

Abel, Carl Friedrich

Viola da gamba Sonata in A major, A2:53
Viola da gamba Sonata in A minor, A2:57A
Viola da gamba Sonata in D major, A2:50
Viola da gamba Sonata in D major, A2:67
» Andantino: Theme
» Andantino: Theme and Variations
Viola da gamba Sonata in D major, A2:75
Viola da gamba Sonata in E minor, A2:7
Viola da gamba Sonata in G major, A2:72
Viola da gamba Sonata in G minor, A2:56A

Artists

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)
Amelie Chemin (Baroque cello, viola da gamba)
Andrea Buccarella (fortepiano, harpsichord)
Thomas Boysen (Baroque lute)

About

During his lifetime, Carl Friedrich Abel was feted all over Europe both for his supreme skills as a performer of the viola da gamba as well as for the quality of his compositions, and was responsible (along with J.C. Bach) for setting up arguably the first series of subscription concerts in the history of Western music, the “Bach-Abel-Concerts”.

Even the prodigy that was Mozart benefited from Abel’s teachings (and was claimed as the composer of one of Abel’s own symphonies). 12 years after his recording of pieces from the Drexel Manuscript (for solo viola da gamba), Paolo Pandolfo teams up with an exquisite ensemble to record a fine selection of Abel’s sonatas, many of them recently discovered and being recorded here for the first time.

Often adding his own cadenzas and ornamentations, Pandolfo and his team offer a breathtaking and colourful display of virtuosity and sensibility. The contemporary painter Thomas Gainsborough wrote that Abel “excelled at feeling upon the instrument”, while the writer of one of his obituaries likened him to Laurence Sterne, famous as the author of Tristram Shandy: “The death of Abel occasions a great loss to the musical world. Sensibility is the prevailing and beautiful characteristic of his compositions. He was the Sterne of Music.”

Thus, this recording is aptly entitled A Sentimental Journey – an exploration of the world of feeling paralleling Sterne’s unfinished novel A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy.

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