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

13. Lament for a broken viol!

"Curs'd be the wretch, from whence soe'er he come; Accurs'd his eyes, but more accurs'd his bum"! Here's a very amusing poem written by a Scotsman, included in a 1760 collection of poems by "Rev. Mr Blacklock, and other Scotch Gentlemen". The author of the poem is unidentified, though is most likely Blacklock. But, lo,… Continue reading 13. Lament for a broken viol!

12. Review: Alphabet Soup by Carol Herman

Being a seasoned lute player, I have no problem reading tablature, and it was of great interest to learn that there is a fairly substantial body of viol music written in what is known as French tablature, pretty much exactly like most of the lute music I have played. But for those viol players who… Continue reading 12. Review: Alphabet Soup by Carol Herman

10. Review: Ut Orpheus “Complete and Progressive Method”

Italian publisher, Ut Orpheus, have fifty seven (and counting) editions of viol music from the Renaissance period through to newly-composed works from our own time. It's encouraging to see such commitment, and equally impressive is the print quality of their editions. Chief among their viola da gamba editions is the two-volume "Complete and Progressive Method… Continue reading 10. Review: Ut Orpheus “Complete and Progressive Method”

2. Review: The New Bass Viol Technique

[The above image has been taken from the publisher's website] Having a daily routine of exercises can be beneficial only if they cover the mechanics of instrument playing in a stimulating and well-ordered way. This book has become part of my early-morning "wake up and warm up" routine, along with the Complete And Progressive Method… Continue reading 2. Review: The New Bass Viol Technique