Gibbons: Fancies For The Viols
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was one of the most complete musicians of the Elizabethan era. He made talented contributions to every genre of vocal and instrumental music. In the domain of the fantasia for viols, he wrote for numerous combinations of between two and six instruments and elaborated endlessly inventive formal structures, in which traces of Italianism are by no means absent. L’Achéron offers us a wide selection from this repertory, which it has recorded on viols based on early seventeenth-century English models. The viols include a Consort Bass, a Lyra-Way Bass, two Tenors, and two Dessus. All of these instruments were manufactured between 2012 and 2017; they are strung with six strings and with equal tension. They have employed a violone for the pieces in which Orlando Gibbons calls for the use of Great Double Bass.