09 July 2012

Telemann: Viola di Gamba

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Date CD: 1999 | Arcana | 1:09

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Lorenz Duftschmid and the ensemble Armonico Tributo Austria was originally released in 1997. Plenty of recordings have appeared since then of the ensemble genres represented. Two pieces (tracks 9-12 and 21-24) are generally known as Quadri, or quartets, although they are here respectively designated as a sonata and a concerto, and the two sonatas for gamba and continuo come from Telemann's Essercizii musici of 1740. The rather odd Sonata in D minor for viola da gamba solo, TWV 40:1, and the opening Concerto in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba, strings, and continuo are perhaps a bit rarer. But that's not what made this recording a candidate for reissue; instead, it's Duftschmid's conception of the music. The pieces come from various phases of Telemann's career, and annotator Brit Reipsch speaks of the recording as reflecting "like a kaleidoscope al the variety and richness of inspiration of Telemann's compositions for the viola da gamba," which are surprisingly numerous considering Telemann's reputation as a progressive composer. The reason seems to be that Telemann exhaustively explored the instrumental world of his time. Each work is in four movements in a slow-fast-slow-fast configuration, but the individual movements really are kaleidoscopic in their varitety, and Duftschmid and Armonico Tributo Austria do their best to bring this out with lively small-ensemble work. The stars of the show, aside from Duftschmid himself, are the continuo players, shifting among a group of instruments that includes a second gamba, a violone, a Baroque guitar, a theorbo, a harpsichord, and a small positive organ. The variety of textures that can be generated by these, from a big, almost orchestral, sound to a minimalist favoring of the solo line goes beyond what's heard on most other period-instrument releases, and there's a question as to whether it's appropriate in a style that dealt mostly with fixed blocks of sound. The opening recorder-and-gamba concerto is the album's weakest point; the single-instrument-per-part approach in this genuine concerto results in a confused texture. But the music is never dull, and those already bitten by the Telemann bug are likely to be intrigued all over again by this release even if it isn't really a good place to start with this music. Murky church sound remains a negative. The booklet is in Italian, English, French, and German. (review by James Manheim)

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04 July 2012

Viktoria Mullova: The Peasant Girl

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2011 | 2 cd

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All the music in this eclectic programme reflects the phenomenal influence of gypsy music on both classical and jazz music in the 20th century – even when wearing smart ‘classical’ clothes, the music of the gypsies cannot disguise its honesty, directness and the heart beating inside the clothes.

So here we have Bartók and Kodály, the two great Hungarian composers who made comprehensive studies of folk music, alongside the world of jazz, represented by John Lewis’s Django, and the Weather Report tracks.

The music also has strong connections with Viktoria Mullova’s background. Viktoria Mullova hails from the Ukraine, where only two generations ago, her family lived simple lives, living off the land in a small village. The simple peasant qualities – calmness, honesty and simplicity – are very much part of her. Although she has conquered the most sophisticated works of Western classical music, the music on these CDs shares something of her other side.


1 For Nedim (For Nadia) – Du Oud arr. Barley
2 Django – John Lewis/Bratsch arr. Barley
3 Dark Eyes – Florian Hermann arr. Barley
4 Er Nemo Klantz with Bartók Duos – 7. Walachian Songs 11. Pillow Dance 44. Transylvanian Dance
5 The Peasant – Weather Report (Joe Zawinul, arr. Barley)
6 Bartók – Duos with improvisations: 7 Duos for violin and cello (from 44 Duos for two violins): 10. Ruthenian Song 22. Mosquito Dance 33. Harvest Song 28. Sorrow 26. Teasing Song 11. Cradle Song 35. Ruthenian Kolomeika
7 Yura – Barley (on a Russian folk theme – Lyuba)


1 Bi Lovengo – Bratsch arr. Barley
2 Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat – Weather Report (Joe Zawinul, arr. Barley)
3 Life – Youssou N’Dour
4 Duo for violin and cello op. 7 – Kodály

Viktoria Mullova (violin), Matthew Barley (cello), Julian Joseph (piano), Paul Clarvis (drums/percussion) & Sam Walton (percussion)