Monday, December 13, 2010

Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe - Pièces de viole

2005; 28 tracks
Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba
Thomas Boysen, theorbo and baroque guitar

Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe was a French composer and violist. To listen to these pieces through is an extremely somber experience.

The manuscripts used for this recording are the so-called Panmure and Tournus, perhaps the work of pupils who brought back home at least part of the master's corpus of compositions. Therein lies a large proportion of extremely idiomatic music for the instrument, always highly personal and full of unforeseeable twists and turns, verging on extravagance, which in that respects brings to mind the music of his Concerts à deux violes égales. A general atmosphere emerges from the manuscripts which fully contradicts the image of an artist given to obscurity and tormented by pain, complacently abandoning himself to solitude and suffering.



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