COV 92001

WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING


For a long time it was considered certain that the death of the gambist Carl Friedrich Abel in 1787 had, in a way, also buried the instrument. Thomas Fritzsch also shared the traditional conviction that as a gambist he was per se excluded from participating in the sound world of the 19th century. But then he came across several sources, including one in connection with Schumann, that point to the instrument’s continued existence. Here he not only presents some works on a viola da gamba of the early 19th century, but also proves impressively that the aesthetics of the Romantic period and the characteristic sound of the instrument are by no means mutually exclusive.

Tracklist
THE 19TH-CENTURY VIOL
CARL FRIEDRICH ABEL (1723-1787)
Concerto G-Dur A9:2 a Viola da Gamba Concertata, Violino Primo, Violino Secondo, Viola et Basso (Rekonstruierte Fassung von / reconstructed version by Thomas Fritzsch & Günter von Zadow)
1. Moderato 5:44
2. Adagio ma non troppo 4:37
3. Allegro 5:06
HERMANN GUSTAV JAESCHKE (1818- ?)
4. Variationen für Viola di Gamba und Piano-Forte über ein Thema
aus der Oper /on a theme from the opera „Jakob und seine Söhne“ von / by Mehul, S[eine]r Excellenz … Herrn Reichsgrafen v. Malzan … gewidmet (Maltzan Collection)
10:40
FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY (1809-1847)
5. Romanze „Wartend“ Opus 9 Nr. 3 MWV K42
für Viola da gamba und Pianoforte
Allegro con moto „sur la Chanterelle“
Bearbeitung von / transcription by Paul de Wit (1852-1925)
2:40
6. Lieder ohne Worte Opus 30 Nr. 3 MWV U104
für Viola da gamba und Pianoforte
Romanze. Adagio ma non troppo
Bearbeitung von / transcription by Friedrich Grützmacher (1832-1903)
2:43
FRIEDRICH HEINRICH FLORIAN GUHR (1791-1841)
7. [Thema con] Variation pour Viola di Gamba
Violino Primo, Violino Secundo, Clarinetto Primo, Clarinetto Secundo, Cornu I et II,
Fagotto, Viola et Basso, dediée a son Excellenz le Comte de Malzan (Maltzan Collection)
18:43
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
8. Abendlied Opus 85 Nr. 12
für Viola da Gamba und Pianoforte
Ausdrucksvoll und sehr gehalten
Bearbeitung von / transcription by Edward John Payne (1844-1904)
3:01
FRANZ LISZT (1811-1886)
9. Consolation Nr. 4 Des-Dur
für Viola da gamba und Orgel
Adagio
Bearbeitung von / transcription by Paul de Wit (1852-1925)
4:37
JOHANN LUDWIG WILLING (1755-1805) (1755-1805)
10. 9 Variations [sur l’air: Ei, ei, mein lieber Augustin] OEuvre 17
pour Viola di Gamba, Due Violins, Due Flauti, Due Corns, Viola et Basso
(Maltzan Collection)
9:08
FRANZ XAVER CHWATAL (1808-1879)
11. Introduction et Variations Amusantes sur l’air très favori
„Was soll ich in der Fremde thun“
pour le Viola di Gamba et Pianoforte
(Maltzan Collection)
11:06
Total time: 1:18:09
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