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Tobias Hume, Marin Marais, Karl Friedrich Abel, Louis de Caix d'Hervelois, Johannes Schenck

Ralph Rousseau


  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917233421
  • Catalog number CC 72334
  • Release date 29 May 2009

About the album

This “Tour de Gamba” provides a representative survey of the evolution of music for the bass viol from its’ beginnings until its’ extinction at the times when the Viennese classic style emerged. With Great Britain, France and Germany all represented, it touches the main geographical centers of viola da gamba-playing. The program is framed and punctuated by works by two main figures of viol-playing: Captain Tobias Hume (c. 1569-1645), whose First Part of Ayres (London 1605) is the very first volume of music written expressly and exclusively for the bass viol ever published in print; and Marin Marais (1656-1728), gamba-player at the court of Louis XIV., who earned the title of a «Chopin of the bass viol» by the breadth and audaciousness of his voluminous œuvre for this instrument. Inserted in this framework are pieces by the enigmatic Johannes Schenck (1660-after 1717), pupil of Marais’ and active in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, by the equally enigmatic pupil of Marais’ Louis de Caix d’Hervelois (c.1680-c.1760) who might have belonged to the famous and extended family of gamba-players of the same name as well as works by Karl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787), the so called «last gambist».

Navarra Quartet, Ralph Rousseau & Eef van Breen at Grachtenfestival


image Starting the 14th of August until the 22nd Amsterdam will be full of music like every year at the Grachtenfestival. This will be an excellent start of the (classical) music season, on 50 special locations around the city. The concert tickets are very cheap or even for free. Of Challenge Records there will be some artists performing on this festival.The Navarra String Quartet will release their debut-album in september (so ...

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