This March we returned to Christ Church Cathedral's Chapel of the New Jerusalem to record our next CD - a follow-up to our Giordani disc. Featuring music by Carl Friedrich Abel, JC Bach, Antonín Kammell, and James Lates, this recording showcases music and composers that featured in the world's first concert series, organised in London by Abel and JC Bach. Almost every piece on the disc will be a world-first recording and we're thrilled to have discovered yet more unknown yet stunningly beautiful music from late 18th-Century England. Stay tuned for more updates, clips, and surprises!
We have now received pre-release copies of our debut CD: the world premiere recording of Tommaso Giordani's Op. 30 sonatas for violin, gamba, and piano! The CD is looking and sounding rather lovely (if we do say so ourselves) with its pink accents and a beautiful Reynolds portrait of Viscountess Althorp gracing the cover. The disc will see worldwide release on October 11th 2019 and will be available in all online and retail sellers.
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Here's the official announcement trailer for our debut CD - the first ever recording of Tommaso Giordani's Sonatas for fortepiano, viola da gamba, and violin, Op. 30. Published in 1782, they represent some of the last chamber music written specifically for the gamba. It's beautiful, inventive, and virtuosic music that deserves to be much better known. The CD also includes a sonata by Antonín Kammell, who was a friend and colleague of JC Bach and Abel.
This is going to be a wonderful disc and will be available digitally this July and in physical release in August on Marquis Records.
The final edit has just been sent off for mastering by the excellent Don Harder. We're so close now!
Editing of the Giordani CD continues apace and we're on schedule for a digital release in May and a physical release in June. This really is stunning repertoire - Giordani's writing is epic in scale and, in places, quite ahead of his time. Indeed, one is occasionally reminded of Mendelssohn and Beethoven in his motivic development and part writing.
The gamba writing is similarly extraordinary in its virtuosity and suggests that Giordani might have been influenced by the music of the last great gamba player, Carl Friedrich Abel.
We can't wait to share this repertoire with everyone!
in Here we are, hard at work on our debut album! Astonishingly, Tommaso Giordani's three sonatas for violin, gamba, and fortepiano (Op. 30) have never been recorded. Published in 1782, they're something of a rarity in their use of gamba. It's absolutely wonderful music with a fascinating link to 18th-Century British aristocracy...