Pieces De Viole & Concerts 3 & 33 (2002)

Couperin

Mieneke Van Der Velden

Gamba players have a healthy respect for Franois Couperin's 'Pices de Viole'; they are not pieces to be casually included in one's repertoire. Couperin himself was not a gamba player, and he wrote these impressive suites without realizing the technical consequences of his writing; sometimes it takes the performer a long time to find an adequate fingering or bowing. Besides, it is impossible to make a selection of the 'Pices de Viole' for a program (as one could, for example, with the compositions of Marin Marais, which fill five books), because only two suites for gamba and continuo by Couperin have survived. Either you play the complete suites, or you don't play them at all. Nevertheless, we have decided to perform these pieces; the hard work which they demand is amply rewarded by the greatness and sheer richness of the music.

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Mieneke Van Der Velden

Mieneke van der Velden studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, receiving the Performer's Diploma in 1988. Since then she has followed a varied career, and regularly gives recitals with Glen Wilson (harpsichord), and Fred Jacobs (theorbo), as well as with her ensemble L'Armonia Sonora. She has been a soloist with many leading orchestras, such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman), Concerto Vocale (René Jacobs), Collegium Vocale (Philippe Herreweghe), De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Jos van Veldhoven), and Cantus Cölln (Konrad Junghänel). She has performed in the Dutch Early Music Network, Het Grachtenfestival, the Bach Festival, the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the Festival of Flanders as well as for many other concert organisations throughout Europe. Mieneke has recorded three CDs for the Dutch label Channel Classics, receiving an overwhelmingly positive reception. Mieneke van der Velden is professor of viola da gamba at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.

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Pieces De Viole & Concerts 3 & 33 (2002)

Couperin

Mieneke Van Der Velden

    Klassieke Zaken

prachtige muziek voor de gamba ... de musici zijn gelijkwaardige partners, de klavecimbel vult op creative wijze de ruimten tussen de noten van de gamba op.

    Luister

rustig ademende muzikale lijnen ...verrassende sonoreiteiten waarin de veelzijdigheid van de gambaklank maximaal tot uiting komt.

    Classics Today

Couperin enthousiasts will equally delight in van der Velden and Wilsons exemplary performances. Highly recommended.

    IHOS

This recording is maybe the only possibility to hear pardessus the viole, the smallest instrument of the viola da gamba family, smaller than the violin as we know it today the unique color of the instrument sounds directly and with details to the listener

    Goldberg

Mieneke van der Velden turns in happily inspired performances of these works, with Glenn Wilson providing thoroughly idiomatic playing.

    Fanfare

Its a bracing and exciting view of French baroque

Pieces De Viole & Concerts 3 & 33 (2002)

Couperin

Mieneke Van Der Velden

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: DCS A/D DSD / DCS DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer, The Netherlands November 2001
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Premiere Suite - Prelude
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Premiere Suite - Allemande Legere
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Premiere Suite - Courante
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Premiere Suite - Sarabande grave
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Premiere Suite - Gavotte
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Premiere Suite - Gigue
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Premiere Suite - Passacaille ou Chaconne
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Onzieme Concert - Majestuesement
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Onzieme Concert - Seconde Allemande
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Troisiéme Concert - Prelude
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Troisiéme Concert - Allemande
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Troisiéme Concert - Courante
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Troisiéme Concert - Sarabande grave
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Troisiéme Concert - Muzette
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Troisiéme Concert - Chaconne Légere
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Deuxiéme Suite - Prelude
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Deuxiéme Suite - Fuguette
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Deuxiéme Suite - Pompe Funebre
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