Hélène Plouffe

Viola d'Amore

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The viola d'amore is one of many instruments whose popularity rose and fell within a relatively short time span. In this case, the viola d'amore was looked up to quite fondly during the Baroque era, and a respectable amount of literature was composed for it. The instrument typically has either six or seven strings with an equal number of sympathetically vibrating strings giving it a total of 12 to 14. These sympathetic strings are largely responsible for the viola d'amore's memorably warm, resonate sound. This unique quality also ensured that the instrument never fell completely out of favor, and composers such as Paul Hindemith have occasionally continued to write for it. This Analekta disc featuring Hélène Plouffe focuses on the earlier, original works for the instrument, including recognizable composers like Telemann, Bach, and Biber, as well as lesser-known names like Graupner, Milandre, and Petzold. Plouffe assembled a fine group of collaborators who join together for a disc filled with warm, elegant, and graceful chamber music. Plouffe's sound is remarkably clean and pure while at the same time giving listeners an excellent example of the depth that the extra resonating strings can provide. While the viola d'amore is clearly the lead player, the balance and interplay between the various musicians is one of equal partnerships. Plouffe provides an extensive, detailed description of the lovely instrument on which she plays; regrettably, no photograph is included.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Trio sonata in D major for flute, viola d'amore and basso continuo
1 02:37 Amazon
2 03:41 Amazon
3 03:52 Amazon
4 02:35 Amazon
Partita No. 8 in D minor, for 2 violas d'amore & basso continuo
5 03:03 Amazon
6 02:39 Amazon
7 01:43 Amazon
8 02:10 Amazon
9 02:02 Amazon
10 00:54 Amazon
11 08:12 Amazon
Trio in F major for viola d'amore, bass chalumeau and harpsichord, GWV 210
12 02:27 Amazon
13 02:07 Amazon
14 02:11 Amazon
15 02:42 Amazon
St. John Passion, BWV 245
16 02:40 Amazon
17 09:19 Amazon
18 04:52 Amazon
Partita in F major for Viola d'amore
19 01:21 Amazon
20 01:45 Amazon
21 01:24 Amazon
22 02:28 Amazon
23 01:46 Amazon
24 01:29 Amazon
25 02:00 Amazon
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