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'Pardessus De Viole'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Pardessus De Viole'

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'Pardessus de viole' Barriere Sonates pour le pardessus de viole avec la basse continue, Livre 5 (e)--Sonata No 4 (Book 5) Boismortier Sonata, Op 61 No 2 Dolle Sonates, duo & pieces pour le pardessus de viole, livre second-La favoritte; La precieuse; Les regrets; Sonata No 1 Hervelois V (e) Livre de pieces pour un pardessus de viole. Op 10--Suite in D minor

Melisande Corriveau pardessus de viole Eric Milnes hpd ATMA Classique (F) ACD2 2729 (59' * DDD)

A pardessus recital is a rarity, indeed! Fine treble viol plays are reasonably thick on the ground these days but are heard mainly in 17th-century consort music and earlier ensemble music.

Pardessus players belong to a subset of viol players who specialise in 18th-century French chamber music, both pieces and sonatas composed specifically for the pardessus in les gouts-reunis style and violin sonatas of the day. The original devotees of the six-and later five-string pardessus were most often aristocratic. Melisande Corriveau belongs to a new generation of players bringing formidable performing skills and knowledge of period practices. …

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