D’Amore (music for viola d’amore & cello)
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Label: ECM New Series
Cat No: 4766369
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 24th March 2008
Plainte pour Luigi Nono
Malor me bat
Pieces de viole, Book 2
Jig: I once loved a lass
ArtistsGarth Knox (viola d’amore)
Agnes Vesterman (violoncello)
Fascinated by its outstanding technical possibilities, Knox has experimented widely and naturally incorporated contemporary pieces here. While Swiss composer Klaus Huber’s …Plainte… is based on Turkish scales, his countryman Roland Moser explores different Manners of Speaking, whereas Knox himself combines an arrangement of Ockeghem’s Malor me bat with free improvisation.
But the emotional and atmospheric spectrum is broader: there is highly attractive early music, including Ariosti’s First Lesson, a masterpiece of the original viola d’amore repertoire, and two traditional Celtic pieces. For reasons of harmony and balance, Knox wrote cello parts for the pieces he arranged himself, here played by French cellist Agnès Vesterman.
Garth Knox, heard previously on ECM in the Arditti Quartet with quartets by Peter Ruzicka and on accordionist Frode Haltli’s Passing Images (985 6022), was born in Ireland and grew up in Scotland. After seven years in the Ensemble Intercontemporain, his reputation spread when he played in the famous Arditti Quartet from 1990-98. He has premiered viola works by Henze, Ferneyhough, Schnittke, Ligeti and others, improvised with Joel Léandre, Dominique Pifarély, Bruno Chevillon and Steve Lacy, and his two solo viola CDs have been acclaimed.
Agnès Vesterman was cellist of the Arpeggione Quartet from 1998-2001 and made many recordings. She has collaborated with improvising musicians such as Vincent Courtois and Ernst Reijseger and is co-founder of the Circé Ensemble.
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