Photo by Joanna Furniss
The sweetly modest, satisfying, and gentle sonority of domestic music-making in the renaissance quietly belies compositions of unsurpassed musical skill. Featuring music that may be enjoyed equally as either something pleasantly light, or more attentively as something more serious and profound, this programme of music centred around the mid 16th century is performed on a variety of viols, all modelled on instruments from the late 15th and 16th century, accompanied by the lute. Like a mesmeric, the music draws the listener into worlds that are almost unimaginable, and certainly almost forgotten.
This delightful album gives and insight into the special ethereal world of serious music-making in the renaissance period, It is an intimate, sophisticated sound for the privileged, cultivated listener.
Recordings of later viol music often try to cover or minimize the sound of the articulation of the bow, but this recording embraces it as an essential and beautiful component of the music… the variety of colours that Alison produces from all the viols is astonishing..
Viola da Gamba Society of America News
.. a recording of sensitivity, clarity and warmth… the final track (Roy’s Lullaby) creates a mood leaving us somewhere between a hypnotic trance and suspended in mid-air, making the perfect conclusion to an imaginatively constructed programme, skilfully realised and expertly recorded.