Baroque Chamber Music

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33lp wrote:

33lp wrote:

 

I'm not sure of the differences between a lyra viol & a viola da gamba but there's a good recording of English music from the 17th C for the former played by viola da gambist Robert Smith on a recent Resonus issue (download only) with works by  John Jenkins, Thomas Mace, Simon Ives & Charles Coleman - all new names to me plus that well known composer Anon.

Nick

 

I think they are pretty much the same instrument but the lyra viol is a bit smaller?

 

Those names above are all new to me too. I've been sampling some of the music Parla refers to above. Phantasm are credited with maybe the best no-keyboard recording of the Art of Fugue. I've only heard bits of that but really did sound special.

Early days for me with viol consort music, but so far it all sounds heavenly. I've always had a particular affinity to polyphonic music and there is plenty of that here. The only thing is that after a while they all seem to sound remarkably similar, same pacing, tempos, rhythms and that.

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