Christoph Angerer, Viola d’amore;
Paul Angerer, Viola d’amore, harpsichord, violin;
Claudia Leitenbauer, Viola da Gamba;
Sergio Posada, Piano
about this recording:
The viola d’amore is an instrument of the viola form – and therefore a member of the viola da gamba family – usually equipped with six or seven melody and an equal number of sympathetic strings. The Baroque era and the classical period can certainly be regarded as the heyday of the viola d’amore, with compositions by, e.g. Heinrich Ignaz Franz v. Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Stamitz, Anton Hoffmeister, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger and Joseph Eybler. However, in recent years, new compositions for the viola d’amore were written all over the world, thus fortunately ensuring a slow, but steady renaissance for this instrument.
| sound samples (mp3):
Angerer, Laufstück - Toeschi, Allegro moderato - David, Einleitung Adagissimo, Thema mit Veränderungen, Andante grazioso, Variation - Stamitz, Allegro un poco moderato
Hindemith, Mäßig schnell. Lustig
Paul Angerer (geb. 1927): Contest between Major and Minor for 2 Violas d’amore (1997)
Giovanni Toeschi (1735 – 1800): Sonata D-Major for Viola d’amore and Basso continuo
Johann Nepomuk David (1895 – 1977): Sonata for viola d’amore aund viola da gamba op. 31 a (1942)
Carl Stamitz (1745 – 1801): Sonata D-Major for viola d’amore aond violin
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963): Small Sonata for viola d’amore and piano, op. 25 Nr. 2
first work by Paul Angerer (*1927) is titled Wettstreit zwischen Dur
und Moll (Contrast between Major and Minor) for 2 Violas
d'amore was written in 1997. This masterful piece – tonal and rich in
texture – explores the two most-used modes of Western music in a close
mixing of colors, rather than as a juxtaposed treatment (If one listens
carefully, a delightful little surprise appears at the very end). The two
soloists here play this work with panache.
we are treated to a smashing performance of one of the outstanding viola
d'amore compositions of the mid-18th Century, the Sonata in D for
Viola d'amore and Harpsichord by Giovanni Toeschi (1735-1800). Toeschi
was concertmaster of the Court Orchestra at Mannheim during the residency
of Prince Karl Theodor. This sonata is a joyful work, written with
virtuoso performers in mind. This historically informed performance, based
on a manuscript in the Austrian National Library is virtuosic indeed!
less known to viola d'amore players, Johann Nepomuk David's (1895-1977) Duo
Sonata for Viola d'amore and Viola da gamba is a rhythmically complex
work blending the two like instruments into a most pleasing feast of sound.
This is a rare opportunity to hear this work, splendidly performed by Mr.
Angerer and Claudia Leitenbauer.
Sonata in D for Viola d'amore and Violin or Viola by Carl Stamitz
(1745-1801) is one of the most important and outstanding works for viola
d'amore from the second half of the 18th Century. Son of Johann Stamitz,
found of the renowned Mannheim School, Carl was a master viola d'amore
player. Probably written after his move to Paris and clearly showing the
influence of French tastes, this work capitalizes on every unique
characteristic of the viola d'amore, namely arpeggios, double and multiple
stops, harmonics and left-hand pizzicato. Christoph Angerer has the
mastery demanded by this work and is beautifully supported by his father,
Paul on the violin. Their performance is based on the MS in the archives
in the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna.
Kleine Sonate fiir Viola d'amore und Klavier, Op. 25, Nr. 2 (1922)
by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) is one of the most important viola d'amore
works from the first quarter of the 20th Century. A fabled player of the
instrument himself, Hindemith explored the full tonal range and technical
possibilities unique to this Instrument in this three-movement work of
contrasting moods. Sometimes
using cross rhythms and simultaneous dual meters, this is exciting music!
But, we musn't let the title "Little Sonata" deceive us. There
is a lot of music packed into a little package. Mr. Angerer and Sergio
Pasada are both tender and fiery and technically brilliant.
CD notes are given in both German and English with concise notes about the
viola d'amore, the featured works and their composers, the performers, and
some photos of the performers and examples of the original manuscripts.
reviewer highly recommends this CD to every lover of the viola d'amore.
Not only is the choice of music excellent but the players are first class.
Thomason in „Newsletter of the Viola d’amore Society of America“)
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