Two / The Marais Project.
Featured Australian works
||Sarabande solo viola da gamba
Recorded/performed at: Studios 301, Sydney, on Dec 20.
|Paul Cutlan||Jennifer Eriksson||3 mins, 39 sec.|
Also includes: Sonata for a Musical Clock / Handel -- Suite in D minor for viola da gamba / Jacques Lambert du Buisson -- Pieces for guitar / Johann Anton Losy von Losinthal -- Sonata in G Major for viola da gamba / Carl Friedrich Abel -- Adagio für Glasharmoniker / Mozart -- Suite in A Major, selections from Book II and IV / Marin Marais -- J'avois crû qu'en vous aymant / Anon.
Two brings together the nationally renowned talents of Marais Project founding members, Jennifer Eriksson, viola da gamba, and Tommie Andersson, gallichon, theorbo and baroque guitar, in a seldom heard way. Each plays alternate brackets of solos on their respective instruments before embarking on a joint performance of a splendid suite by Marin Marais.
Guest artist, Susie Bishop voice, joins them for a gorgeous encore. The performers wanted to create the feel of a live performance in the way the music flows and the performers interact.
"The theorbo and the baroque guitar have a wonderful solo repertoire spanning hundreds of years" Jenny Eriksson commented, "Less so the gallichon, but Tommie arranged several pieces for this recording including a truly lovely Mozart adagio originally composer for the glass harmonica." Tommie would like to dedicate his recording of Mozart's Adagio to the memory of recently deceased Swedish soprano, Eva Nässén.
The viola da gamba is also endowed with a rich treasure of solo works. For the first time in her career, Eriksson has performed and now recorded some of her favourite solo pieces, including the world premiere of a work written for her by Australian composer, Paul Cutlan. "Paul and I have known each other for many years and I deeply respect his musicianship. Sarabande is an arrangement of a movement of an earlier suite he wrote for viola da gamba and harpsichord. It is a privilege to bring this music to life for the first time."
As might be expected, pride of place goes to the music of that giant of the viola da gamba, Marin Marais. "We have explored so many of his suites over the years and there is always a sense of achievement in committing another of the great man's works to record," says Eriksson. "Tommie and I know each other so well, and know the music so well, that it just flows from us!"
Duration: 40 min.
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