About the album
Modus Phantasticus presents a unique collection of German viol music, transcribed and arranged in charivari’s individual and historically-informed manner.
Germany was never blessed with the same solo viol traditions that flourished in England and France. The viol took a back seat in favour of the keyboard and the violin which provided a vehicle for the elaborate technical display found in "stylus phantasticus" music.
However the viol came into to its own within a consort of instruments, gaining a reputation for providing special effects alluding to mortality and the supernatural. The ability of the viol to enrich the texture and enhance sonority of vocal and sacred music meant that it could often dominate the scoring in music of this type.
The profile of the viol in Germany was raised considerably with the arrival, during the late 16th century and the first half of the 17th century, of elite violists from England. This disc follows the development of German viol repertoire and its English influences. The pieces are chosen for their beauty, their uniqueness or their suitability for charivari agréable’s speciality – wonderfully inventive arrangements and transcriptions.
11Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721
12In Dir ist Freude
13Feritevi, ferite, SWV 9, arr. Kah Ming Ng
14Suite in D major from Stricturae Viola di Gambicae (1677): Adagio
15Suite in D major: Allegro
16Suite in D major: Sarabande & Double
17Suite in D major: Gigue
18Sonata in Bb major for viola da gamba & b.c.
19Ciaccona in F minor
110Concerto for four violins: Grave
111Concerto for four violins: Allegro
112Concerto for four violins: Adagio
113Concerto for four violins: Spirituoso
114Paysan en Rondeau
115Sonata a 2 in E minor
116Chaconne in G major
117Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614
118Sonata op. 2/4 in A minor
119Ciaconna in G major
120Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 634/706