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A piacere - Music for viola da gamba


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  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glossa
  • ASIN: B00HE0KW48
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. MarizapalosFahmi Alqhai 4:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. FandangoFahmi Alqhai 4:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. PassacalleFahmi Alqhai 4:13£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. CanariosFahmi Alqhai 3:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. El canto de los pajaros - Nana para JulietteArcangel, 6:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concerto No. 44 for 2 Equal Bass Viols, "Tombeau Les Regrets": IV. Les pleursFahmi Alqhai 2:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pieces for Solo Viol: I. AllemandeFahmi Alqhai 3:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Concerto No. 7 for 2 equal bass viols, "Le pleureux": I. Sarabande, "Le pleureux"Fahmi Alqhai 3:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Les Indes galantes: Les Sauvages (arr. for chamber ensemble)Fahmi Alqhai 3:24£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pieces de viole, Book 2: Les voix humainesFahmi Alqhai 5:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pieces de viole, Book 3: La GuitareFahmi Alqhai 3:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Always with Me, Always with YouFahmi Alqhai 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante (arr. for viola da gamba)Fahmi Alqhai 6:43£0.59  Buy MP3 

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In 'A piacere' Fahmi Alqhai demonstrates once again what an expressive musician he has become, and with the viola da gamba as his Wondrous Muse , he recreates for CD a concert programme which he has been touring and refining over recent years. Following his ensemble album 'Rediscovering Spain' (performed with Accademia del Piacere) this new release from Glossa has a distinctively soloistic feel and approach to it, with Alqhai relishing the different moods and musical directions that his chosen musical voice permits him to take. Considering the instrument as so much more than a relic from the decaying aristocratic age of Louis XV in France, Alqhai demonstrates by his choice of programme and his playing the viol s versatility, flexibility and depth of emotional response: music from Spanish, German and French Baroque masters of the instrument are joined by Alqhai s own version of Joe Satriani's 'Always with me, always with you' rock number. Notably in his Satriani adaptation (but also in an old Spanish popular melody featuring the cantaor Arcángel, as well as elsewhere) Alqhai receives support from musician friends gathered at sessions in Seville, all helping to create in marvellous sound a new demonstration of the creative freedom that old music can allow in the right hands.

Review

'[an] extraordinary disc … Les Pleurs, the baseline of gamba repertoire, is as accomplished a performance as you could expect, confirming Alqhai as a master of the instrument.' --Caroline Gill, Gramophone May 2014

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JB TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb 2014
Format: Audio CD
A piacere is gambist Fahmi Alqhai's chance to prove his argument for the viol's versatility and contemporary relevance, showcasing not just the traditional territory of the French Baroque, but also appropriating works originally intended for other instruments. So, we have the andante from Bach's solo violin sonata in A minor, pieces by Gaspar Sanz and Santiago de Murcia written originally for guitar, and even a bit jazz (courtesy of Joe Satriani).

The album is very much centred around Alqhai's solo instrument, and is thus something of a departure from his prior release on Glossa, Rediscovering Spain, which was more ensemble-based. Occasionally here the ambition of the transcription might seem to overreach the limits of possibilities, but, like Paolo Pandolfo, Alqhai is intent on extending previously perceived boundaries of the viola da gamba; as such it's an interesting experiment, delivered with enthusiasm and sparkling virtuosity.

Much of the music is Alqhai alone, but on some tracks he's backed by a band of assorted early instruments plus a double bass, with long time compatriot of Jordi Savall, Pedro Estevan on percussion.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Worthy addition 29 Mar 2014
By hh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A piacere is an inward-looking, pleasing release. Fahmi Alqhai has taken a selection of pieces for viola da gamba and put a gentle spin on them, interpreting the pieces to show the range and capabilities of the instruments and players. It bears close listening, esp if one is not that familiar with the instrument. And, though it clocks in at nearly an hour, it seems to end too soon -- a good sign that one has been taken in by it. My only gripe with the project is the liner notes. Fahmi writes ". . . revealed by the instruments pictorial history, those dozens of painting and engravings depicting it . . .", then fails to provide any of those pictures. Instead, he opts for a series of selfies in the studio. A few selfies are always called for as they allow the listener to connect with the player and instrument, but the balance here is off and an opportunity to educated and captivate listeners even further is lost.
Resonances of Reconquest 25 Feb 2014
By JB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A piacere is gambist Fahmi Alqhai's chance to prove his argument for the viol's versatility and contemporary relevance, showcasing not just the traditional territory of the French Baroque, but also appropriating works originally intended for other instruments. So, we have the andante from Bach's solo violin sonata in A minor, pieces by Gaspar Sanz and Santiago de Murcia written originally for guitar, and even a bit jazz (courtesy of Joe Satriani).

The album is very much centred around Alqhai's solo instrument, and is thus something of a departure from his prior release on Glossa, Rediscovering Spain, which was more ensemble-based. Occasionally here the ambition of the transcription might seem to overreach the limits of possibilities, but, like Paolo Pandolfo, Alqhai is intent on extending previously perceived boundaries of the viola da gamba; as such it's an interesting experiment, delivered with enthusiasm and sparkling virtuosity.

Much of the music is Alqhai alone, but on some tracks he's backed by a band of assorted early instruments plus a double bass, with long time compatriot of Jordi Savall, Pedro Estevan on percussion.
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