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Per La Viola Da Gamba [Import]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Hille Perl Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Prelude 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Suite per la viola da gamba re mineur (BWV 1011/995): Allemande 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Suite per la viola da gamba re mineur (BWV 1011/995): Courante 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Suite per la viola da gamba re mineur (BWV 1011/995): Sarabande 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Gavotte I & II 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Suite per la viola da gamba re mineur (BWV 1011/995): Gigue 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Trio in A major (BWV 1025): Fantasia 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Trio in A major (BWV 1025): Courante 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rondeau 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sarabande 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Trio in A major (BWV 1025): Menuett 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Trio in A major (BWV 1025): Allegro 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sonata in G Minor (BWV 1029): Vivace 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sonata in G Minor (BWV 1029): Adagio 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Allegro 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Hille Perl
  • Audio CD (May 18, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Harm Mundi
  • ASIN: B00002DE5C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable disc April 28, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really like this disc. It is a varied programme of three works by Bach, all arranged in slightly unfamiliar ways for viola da gambe which is very appropriate to Bach who was an inveterate arranger of his own and other people's music. They are the fifth Cello Suite played on solo gamba, a Violin Sonata arranged for gamba and lute, and one of Bach's three sonatas for viola da gamba arranged for two gambas, violin, lute and harp. It's a very pleasing and varied programme of very enjoyable, high-quality music.

The musicianship is excellent. Hille Perl is a very fine gamba player, which shows strongly in the solo Suite, which has a smoother, more mellow feel than in many cello versions. It is a piece I love and I am very glad to have a different and enjoyable take on it. The ensemble pieces are excellently - the harp is played by Andrew Lawrence-King, which is always a guarantee of quality - and again very enjoyable new views of familiar pieces.

In short, it's top-class music played beautifully by top-class musicians. Very warmly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Win a Few, Lose a Few! January 31, 2012
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Remember me? I'm the guy that hates to hear Bach performed on a modern grand piano. Bach knew his stuff. He knew his instruments, what they could do and what they couldn't. Not just their technical strengths and weaknesses -- their ranges, their limitations in terms of chromatics versus "just" tuning, how fast even the best player could be expected to play -- but also their emotive/affective capabilities. His six suites for solo cello and cello piccolo are fine examples of how perfectly Bach matched music to instrument. Yes yes, I'm aware that he recycled music, including one of the cello suites for lute, but could you please, dear listeners, search your bosoms and honestly recall how profoundly "right" the cello suites sound on... cello!

But now, here's Hille Perl, to whose performances I'm currently enthralled, playing the Fifth Cello Suite on a viola da gamba. And you know what? I don't like it. I don't think it "works", even though the gamba and the cello look and sound enough alike that "casual" listeners don't know the difference. Ms Perl is a very skilled gambist, one of the best in the modern world, but her performance of this suite sounds labored and at times awkward, and alas, dreary in comparison to the performance of Ophelie Gailliard on baroque cello or Jean-Guihen Queyras on modern cello. What Hille Perl effectively demonstrates, with this performance, is the "inferiority" of the gamba, at least for playing virtuoso cello music.

But I've also asserted the inferiority of the cello for playing gamba music. There are half a dozen recording of Bach's sonatas for gamba and harpsichord, played by cellists with modern piano accompaniment, and none of them are as zesty and dynamic as my dear old CD of Jordi savall on gamba and Ton Koopman on harpsichord. Bach! Knew! What!
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