15. Hille Perl

Hille Perl was the first viol player I became a fan of, buying her recordings, looking for information online. In those early days there was not much to find, but thankfully that situation has changed. She remains for me the most soulful of gambists, and if you have not listened to her playing before, I… Continue reading 15. Hille Perl

14. CD Review: “Come Sorrow” Ensemble Près de votre oreille

Coming to an ear near you (it deserves to), this beautiful recording celebrates the talents of Robert Jones, John Dowland, Alfonso Ferrabosco II, and Tobias Hume. The Ensemble Près de votre oreille (near to your ear) consists of mezzo-soprano, Anaïs Bertrand, bass, Nicolas Brooymans, and lute, Thibaut Roussel, directed by Robin Pharo on bass viola… Continue reading 14. CD Review: “Come Sorrow” Ensemble Près de votre oreille

8. Robin Pharo

Another overview in my Performers series, this time a youngish player with great taste and technique, Robin Pharo. Robin is a founder member of the coolest baroque ensemble on the planet at the moment, Nevermind,  and has also been working with jazz musicians, while also being a fine composer. I first encountered his playing in the… Continue reading 8. Robin Pharo

6. Two Scottish Lute Pieces played sans bow

https://youtu.be/z-F4YwMwYNs   The world is not yet quite ready for my bow technique, but I'm working on it. In the meantime, here are two Scottish lute pieces played without the bow. I hope you like them. A Port is a Scots Gaelic tune, port meaning air or music not danced to. It's a kind of… Continue reading 6. Two Scottish Lute Pieces played sans bow

5. Lucile! – now with Postscript

Herewith, a celebration of the passionate and refined viola da gamba playing of Lucile Boulanger. I first came across Lucile's playing in a video performance of Orlando Gibbons' Fancy for Six Viols, playing treble viol: https://youtu.be/8Ue-9-By-6Q   It's a beautiful performance by a superb group of musicians, all at the top of their game, using… Continue reading 5. Lucile! – now with Postscript

3. Gesina Liedmeier – Artistic Luthier

The art of decorating instruments of the extended viol family can be traced back at least to the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria, though countered with a somewhat classical reserve during the English 17th century. There is a lot to be said of the beautiful aesthetics of a Jaye or a Rose, but sometimes the… Continue reading 3. Gesina Liedmeier – Artistic Luthier