Jordi Savall

Sainte-Colombe: Concerts a deux Violes Esgales

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First released on LP in 1976, then re-released on CD in 1988, and then re-released on CD in 2002, Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken's recording of five of the Concerts à deux violes esgales du sieur de Sainte-Columbe has been continuously available for more than a quarter of a century. May it always be so: in the world of the doleful and sorrowful, no composer has so successfully plumbed the depths of despair like the mysterious Sainte-Colombe. Although as this disc reveals, Sainte-Colombe was also capable of lightness and even wit, his most characteristic pieces are those in which the dark night of the soul is illuminated with unrelieved intensity.

And no pair of basse de viole players have so successfully plumbed the depths of Sainte-Colombe's music like Savall and Kuijken. On this disc, they prove themselves as capable in the lighter works as the darker works, dancing with joy in the gigues of "La Dubois" and sarabande gaye of "Bourrasque" and sighing with sorrow in "Les pleurs" and "Quarillon of the Tombeau les Regrets." The stereo sound of the LP was warm and rich, and the remastered sound of the CD is even warmer and richer. May this disc always be available.

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