Viola D'amore Sola
This release celebrates the d'amore's versatility of sound by bringing together some of it's finest Baroque repertoire. Beginning with the Ave Maris Stella, an ancient hymn dedicated to the Mother of God, the compilation takes the listener on an absorbing journey that combines the famous with the not so widely known; from Petzold's illustrious two partitas - which are considered to be on the same level of importance for the d'amore as Bach's partitas and sonatas are for the violin; to Morigi's Capriccio and Menuetto, the compilation also touches on various anonymous works, including the delightful Partita in D. Dance movements abound, reflecting the Baroque period's predilection for all things French. New recording, recorded 7-9 January 2012, Santa Maria in Vallicella, Refettorio del Borromini (Sala Ovale), Rome. The Viola d'Amore, a cherished member of the string instrument family, lived it's glory days during the Baroque, when it's distinctive, silvery timbre was widely appreciated and loved, and many famous composers wrote for it (including J.S. Bach).