A viol consort in the mid-16th century would have played many types of repertoire, including the often neglected instrumental ricercari. This practice will be appreciated in this concert by means of three collections from 1547.
Thanks to the special instrumental fantasias of Jacques Buus, some of the extremes of instrumental music played at that time become apparent. Instrumental ricercari could range from a few phrases to something much longer; Jacques Buus's ricercari are dense and intricate, and are among the longest pieces in the fantasy style of the period.
At the other extreme are the dances in Attaingnant's collection, which are miniatures of the form, tiny pavans and galliards mixed with branles and tourndions. The third pillar of the viol consort is vocal music - here the emphasis is on the unknown Dominique Phinot, whose beautiful five-part motets give the viols great scope for word painting and ornamentation.
Filipa Meneses - viola da gamba
Leonardo Bortolotto - viola da gamba
Alexandra Polin - viola da gamba
Ryosuke Sakamoto - viol and lute
Elizabeth Rumsey - viola da gamba; direction
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