Royal viola da gamba duos

(first recording)


Monika Schwamberger · Leonore von Zadow-Reichling · viola da gamba

Lore Everling · harpsichord

sound samples

order no. CCD 230
EAN 44028183002303

about this recording:
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many members of the bourgeoisie and of Europe’s ruling families enjoyed playing the viola da gamba. One of the instrument’s last royal enthusiasts was Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm, who became King of Prussia in 1786, on the death of his uncle, Frederick the Great. Friedrich Wilhelm engaged one of the century's finest professional gamba players, the great virtuoso Ludwig Christian Hesse (1716-1772) as his teacher. The two of them must have spent a lot of time playing duets, to judge by the large amount of music in the Berlin collections arranged by Hesse and others for two viols. The works performed here are found in a manuscript of sonatas arranged for two viols, called Recueil des Plus belles Sonates a basse de Viole avec acompagnement ou a deux basses sans Violon par les mellieurs auteurs François et Italien.

sound samples (mp3):
Boismortier: Sonata c minor 1st movement Largo; 2nd movement Courante; Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata a minor  1st movement Allegro; Somis: Sonata d minor 1st movement Adagio, 2nd movement Allegro; Senallié: Sonata g major 1st movement Prelude; Boismortier: Sonata g minor 1st movement Largo, 2nd movement Allemande; Corelli: Sonata a major 1st movement Preludio, 2nd movement Giga; Senallié: Sonata d minor 1st movement Largo; Benda: Sonata f major 2nd movement Polonese


Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755): Sonata c minor, Sonata g minor; Jean-Marie Leclair (1698-1764): Sonata a minor; Giovanni Battista Somis (1686-1763): Sonata d minor; Jean Baptiste Senallié (1687-1730): Sonata g major, Sonata d minor; Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Sonata a major; Franz Benda (1709-1786): Sonata f major

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