Kühnel: Viola da Gamba Sonatas

Kühnel: Viola da Gamba Sonatas
Composer August Kühnel
Artist Freek Borstlap viola da gamba
The Spirit of Gambo
and
Richard Egarr cembalo
Jan van Outryve lute
Karel Smagge organ
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93878
EAN code 5028421938783
Release October 2008

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August Kuhnel (1645 - death unknown, c.1700) was the foremost gamba player in germany before J.S. Bach. Born in the town of Delmenhorst, Meckenburg, he travelled to France for his studies, and also visited London in 1685. Although the French style influenced his playing, he remained true to his protestant German roots, and he composed a famous set of ten variations on the chorale ‘Herr Jesu Christ,du hoechstes Gut’ (the Sonata No 10 on this CD), which inspired the great J.S. Bach some twenty years later to write is Cantata BWV 113.

Kuhnel spent all his working life in Germany, and suffered greatly during the Hundred Years War, as the country was left bankrupt. He also found employment difficult in the Catholic areas of Germany. At the end of his life he was court Kapellmeister at Kassel. They can lay claim to being among the finest of their type.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1997.
- The Spirit of GAMBO is an ensemble devoted to music from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was established by Freek Borstlap, who has made several recordings, including music by Haydn for baryton. They are joined by distuinguished continuo players Richard Egarr, Karol Smagge and Jan van Outryve.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonate 1 â due viola da gamba: [prelude]
  2. Sonate 1 â due viola da gamba: [aria]
  3. Sonate 1 â due viola da gamba: aria
  4. Sonate 11: viola da gamba solo: prelude
  5. Sonata 7: viola da gamba solo: [prelude]
  6. Sonata 7: viola da gamba solo: aria
  7. Sonata 7: viola da gamba solo: aria
  8. Sonate 10: viola da gamba solo: aria [variatio1-9]
  9. Sonate: viola da gamba solo: prelude
  10. Sonate 8: viola da gamba solo: [prelude]
  11. Sonate 8: viola da gamba solo: aria
  12. Sonate 12: viola da gamba solo: prelude
  13. Sonate 2 â due viola da gamba: [prelude]
  14. Sonate 2 â due viola da gamba: aria
  15. Sonate 2 â due viola da gamba: aria: allegro
  16. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: Sonatina
  17. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: entrata
  18. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: aria
  19. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: gavotta
  20. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: sarabande
  21. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: giga
  22. “Sonate 5 â due viola da gamba: Serenata”: retirata