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In the love of joys unknown.”

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Schütz
Da Pacem

(...) Hanna Bayodi-Hirt and Yetzabel Arias, in partnership with two compassionate violins and continuo, produce penitential sublimity in "Was betrübst du dich" (Symphoniae sacrae II). An SATB quartet has refined simplicity in "Domine, ne in furore tuo arguas me" (Cantiones sacrae), whereas the sinewy full complement of viols and Matthias Vieweg are spellbindingly poignant in "Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener", a setting of the Song of Simeon for the funeral of the Kassel Kapellmeister Christoph Cornett in 1635. Likewise, a conversation between viol consort and soprano voice has heartfelt sincerity in "Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott" (...) 


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FLORA
Philippe Pierlot

Meditation

Dès le XVIe siècle, la viole de gambe est considérée comme l’instrument le plus parfait, se rapprochant au mieux de la voix humaine.


Les auteurs louent sa sonorité douce, ses coups d’archet mourants, son ton d’ambassadeur... des qualités qui en font, par excellence, l’instrument de la confidence et sans aucun doute propice à élever la spiritualité. 


 

“a wonderfully full yet transparent sound, greatly enhanced by the sheer quality of the voices, and recorded with such luxuriance that the only concessions to the thinner forces are greater flexibility and a sense of a more focused expressive intent. This Is a truly lovely recording which certainly lacks neither the drama nor the intimacy of the others, but adds to it a clarity of thought and expressive detail that I find wholly absorbing … a highly distinguished disc.”


Marc Rochester - Gramophone, July 2019