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Hume: Passion & Division (The First Part Of Ayres) /Heinrich

Tobias Hume , Susan Heinrich Audio CD
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  • Performer: Susan Heinrich
  • Composer: Tobias Hume
  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0034JV6I4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Every now and then, a CD is released that knocks one's reviewing socks off with its combined originality of repertoire and quality of musical performance. Suzanne Heinrich's first disc, Mr Abel's Fine Airs, was one of these. Her viola da gamba recital of music by Karl Friedrich Abel, a long-forgotten 18th century British composer, begged a listen for novelty value alone, but also turned out to be one of the experiences of the year. It garnered a rave review on this website, and we weren't the only ones. It was awarded the Diapason d'Or, and was also named Editor's Choice in the 2008 Gramophone Awards. This, her second disc, is no less of a pleasure, and another musical discovery.

Once more, Heinrich has plumbed British musical history to pluck a long-lost composer from obscurity. Not much is known about Captain Tobias Hume, but what we do know points towards a fascinating character. Born around 1579, he earned his living as a soldier and mercenary, wandering Europe to the scenes of various political and religious conflicts. Despite such a violent and unpredictable day job, he was musically successful enough to share the same patron as William Shakespeare. This, his first of two collections, was published in 1605. As titles such as Tickell, Tickell and Deth indicate, the pieces span a wide range of subject matter, and Heinrich has breathed life into them in the same way as she did with Abel's. In fact, Hume himself almost becomes flesh and blood under her fingertips: it's impossible not to ruminate over his personality when listening to her tender, melancholic reading of Captain Humes Pavan.

Across the whole recital, the music dances, muses and mourns within her warm tone. The ornamentation is clean and elegant, rubatos are beautifully judged, and technical challenges are carried off with a sense of effortlessness. All these qualities come together to great effect in A Souldiers Resolution, with its rumbling echoes of the battlefield.

Heinrich owns in her engaging sleeve note that this is living room music rather than repertoire capable of sustaining an entire concert programme. That's probably true, but her reading of it deserves a place in every music collection. --Charlotte Gardner

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The First Part of Ayres-Captain Humes Musicall Humors (1605) / Susanne Heinrich, viole de gambe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful hidden gems 19 Jun 2010
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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I was bowled over by Suzanne Heinrich's wonderful disc of Abel's solo gamba music Abel: Mr Abel's Fine Airs - Sonatas for viola da gamba /Heinrich a couple of years ago, and she has done it again with this disc of solo pieces by Tobias Hume. It's a joy from start to finish.

Tobias Hume was a soldier and musician active largely in and around the court of James VI/I, although he apparently travelled all over Europe as a soldier and mercenary. Little detail is known of his life, but he was clearly a very talented musician and composer. These are really lovely pieces with a great range of emotion although, as with Hume's contemporary Dowland, melancholy is to the fore. In her excellent notes, Heinrich says "these forgotten gems need to be taken out of their dusty drawers, polished and enjoyed in their full glory." I completely agree, and Heinrich has polished them for us very gloriously indeed. Her playing is fabulous, putting her virtuosity to the service of the music, with just the right amount of ornamentation and interpretation to allow Hume to really speak to us. There is (as with her Abel) a delightful, intimate feel to her playing and the recording, and the sound of her viola da gamba is just lovely.

The recorded sound is excellent, the notes are very interesting and the presentation is attractive. I don't mean to sound gushing, but I think this is another real gem of undeservedly neglected music from Suzanne Heinrich. Lovers of the gamba will need no prompting from me, but anyone with an interest in music of the period will enjoy this disc, and I recommend it very highly indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful hidden gems 18 Mar 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was bowled over by Suzanne Heinrich's wonderful disc of Abel's solo gamba music a couple of years ago, and she has done it again with this disc of solo pieces by Tobias Hume. It's a joy from start to finish.

Tobias Hume was a soldier and musician active largely in and around the court of James VI/I, although he apparently travelled all over Europe as a soldier and mercenary. Little detail is known of his life, but he was clearly a very talented musician and composer. These are really lovely pieces with a great range of emotion although, as with Hume's contemporary Dowland, melancholy is to the fore. In her excellent notes, Heinrich says "these forgotten gems need to be taken out of their dusty drawers, polished and enjoyed in their full glory." I completely agree, and Heinrich has polished them for us very gloriously indeed. Her playing is fabulous, putting her virtuosity to the service of the music, with just the right amount of ornamentation and interpretation to allow Hume to really speak to us. There is (as with her Abel) a delightful, intimate feel to her playing and the recording, and the sound of her viola da gamba is just lovely.

The recorded sound is excellent, the notes are very interesting and the presentation is attractive. I don't mean to sound gushing, but I think this is another real gem of undeservedly neglected music from Suzanne Heinrich. Lovers of the gamba will need no prompting from me, but anyone with an interest in music of the period will enjoy this disc, and I recommend it very highly indeed.
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