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Ibrahim Aziz: Risonanze - Music for Viola da gamba

By Ibrahim Aziz

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By Ibrahim Aziz. By Carlos Martinez Gil, Johann Schenck, Rebecca Rowe, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), and Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787). Classical. CD. Naxos #FHR83. Published by Naxos (NX.FHR83).

Item Number: NX.FHR83

Risonanze is the debut solo album of London-based viola da gamba player Ibrahim Aziz, who is one of the greatest performers of the instrument of his generation. This recording is a performance of immense expression, expertly delivered on a viol made by English string maker Barak Norman in 1712. The album includes one of the highlights of the baroque era the Cello Sonata No. 2 by J.S. Bach as well as other baroque works. Risonanze also includes contemporary works, including one specially written for Aziz. Popular between the 15th-18th centuries, the viol has a unique quality of the sound through plangent tones of its middle voice, silvery and vibrant high notes, and the depth of its bass and human-like qualities. Its bow is played with a technique that discourages sharp attacks on the strings, but instead draws out and threads together each note like beautiful pearls on a maiden's neck, glowing with a silky halo. This quality of sound is not volume but resonance.

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