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Music to Hear Alfonso Ferrabosco, Music for Lyra Viol from 1609

Richard Boothby

Music to Hear Alfonso Ferrabosco, Music for Lyra Viol from 1609

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212075722
Catnr: SIGCD 757
Release date: 02 June 2023
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Signum Classics
UPC
0635212075722
Catalogue number
SIGCD 757
Release date
02 June 2023
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Alfonso Ferrabosco, born in Greenwich to an Italian composer father of the same name, was the pre-eminent viol player of the early 17th century, and his lyra viol publication mostly for solo viol is the largest, most important & technically challenging publication for viol for nearly a century.

It was published in the same year at the Shakespeare Sonnets, and may share a dedicatee, in Henry Wriothsley, Earl of Southampton. Ferrabosco worked extensively with Ben Jonson on his plays and masks, in some of which Shakespeare acted.

The lyra viol was an English invention of only a few year before this work, and it had become bit of a craze, with many works published in the first 15 years of the century.

It’s first referred to in a play by Ben Jonson in 1599, Cynthia’s Revels, and at this time probably had sympathetic metal strings running underneath the bridge and through a hollow fingerboard.

Lyra-viol music is really the beginning of the journey that ends in the Bach suites for ‘cello and violin.

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Richard Boothby (gamba)

Richard Boothby has been playing the viol ever since David Fallows handed him a tenor viol in 1977. He was trying to help him with a thesis entitled ‘Wagner’s Ring and its tonality’ at Manchester University. After further study with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg, he helped to found The Purcell Quartet in 1984 and Fretwork in 1985. He has endeavoured to enrich the viol-consort repertory with new music from today’s finest composers, from Elvis Costello to George Benjamin, from Alexander Goehr to Nico Muhly. With the Purcell Quartet, he recorded nearly 50 albums for Hyperion and Chandos; and with Fretwork over 40 albums for Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi USA and most recently, Signum Classics. He has arranged and transcribed much of the...
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Richard Boothby has been playing the viol ever since David Fallows handed him a tenor viol in 1977. He was trying to help him with a thesis entitled ‘Wagner’s Ring and its tonality’ at Manchester University. After further study with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg, he helped to found The Purcell Quartet in 1984 and Fretwork in 1985.
He has endeavoured to enrich the viol-consort repertory with new music from today’s finest composers, from Elvis Costello to George Benjamin, from Alexander Goehr to Nico Muhly. With the Purcell Quartet, he recorded nearly 50 albums for Hyperion and Chandos; and with Fretwork over 40 albums for Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi USA and most recently, Signum Classics.
He has arranged and transcribed much of the great keyboard music of JS Bach for viols, which were recorded under the title Alio Modo; and then his arrangement of the Goldberg Variations was recorded by Fretwork. In 1998 he directed performances of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with the Purcell Quartet; and in 2001 directed them in a fully staged production of L’Orfeo with Mark Padmore in the title role. In 2016, he performed a programme of the fabulous French and English repertory for two bass viols with Christophe Coin. And his recording of the complete lyra viol music of William Lawes for Harmonia Mundi, USA, was released in the same year. The following year he recorded Telemann’s recently-discovered Fantasias for Signum Records.
He frequently joins Mahan Esfahani in chamber music recitals with prominent soloists.
He is professor of Viola da Gamba at the Royal College in London.

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