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Why Not Here (Music for Two Lyra Viols)

Why Not Here (Music for Two Lyra Viols)

Why Not Here Ensemble

CD: 1
Tracks: 21
Length: 1:06:23

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Accent
Rel. 1 Jan 2001
Recorded 2001

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Why Not Here (Music for Two Lyra Viols) Why Not Here is not the title of this disc, although from a casual glance it might look like it is so. The device "Why not here" is actually the name of the duo formed by gambists Hille Perl and Friederike Heumann; they are joined on many pieces by lutenists Lee Santana and Michael Freimuth, and the latter pair even have several pieces to themselves. The "lyra viol" is not a special instrument like a viola da braccio, but refers to a specific way of playing the viol, as an instrument capable of harmony and melody rather than melody only, or used in a purely basso context. This set of pieces reflects the usual fare that Perl and Heumann employ in their concert appearances in Europe. While weighted toward Thomas Ford, a key English exponent of lyra viol playing during the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, the stated purpose of Music for Two Lyra Viols is to "celebrate and overcome melancholy … to change the chemistry in your brain by putting music into it rather than other drugs." Perl contributes an engaging and highly personal album note, which wanders into topics far from music, but is a refreshing change from the usual blah blah blah about the composer. The disc provides a responsible canvassing of the requisite literature, covering in addition to Ford the work of several of his English contemporaries and that of the younger Alfonso Ferrabosco. However, the repertoire is not the main event here so much as building an asylum of Renaissance melancholy into which post-modern, twenty first century types can escape. In this sense, Why not here's Music for two Lyra Viols is extremely successful in a way it might not have been had it been exclusively devoted to Ford or otherwise had taken its musicological mission with a more rigorous tack; maintaining a consistent sense of mood is the key organizing principal. The playing throughout, from all four musicians, is tight, scrupulously careful, artistic, and personable, and the recording will make it feel as if Why Not Here is playing right in your living room. Music for Two Lyra Viols was recorded in 2001 and originally released on the Carpe Diem label; this version was issued in 2008 by the German label Accent.

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CD 1
Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
1 A Paven, M. Maynes Choice 6:00
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
2 #1. 2:53
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
3 Forget Me Not, for 2 viols 1:06
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
4 The Baggepipes, Sir Charles Howards Delight 1:24
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
5 Why not here, M. Crosse his choice 1:47
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Lee Santana Cittern, Why Not Here Ensemble
6 Cate of Bardy, The Queenes Jig 1:49
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
7 Fantasia 3:57
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8 Passymeasures Galliard, for lutes 4:06
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9 A Fancy, for 2 lutes 1:12
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
10 Almaine 4:02
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
11 Galliard, for chamber ensemble 3:25
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
12 Coranto 1:26
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Michael Freimuth Lute, Lee Santana Cittern, Why Not Here Ensemble
13 Goe from my window 3:19
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Friederike Heumann Viol (Treble), Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Lee Santana Cittern, Why Not Here Ensemble
14 Goe from My Window for consort 3:58
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
15 A Paven, Sir Richard Westons Delight 6:34
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
16 #2. 1:53
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
17 An Almaine, M. Westovers Farewell 1:28
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Why Not Here Ensemble
18 Whipit and Tripit, M. Southcotes Jig 1:33
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19 Spanish Pavan for 2 lutes 3:47
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Michael Freimuth Lute, Lee Santana Lute, Why Not Here Ensemble
20 Paven for viola da gamba & lyra viol 8:00
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Friederike Heumann Viola da Gamba, Hille Perl Viola da Gamba, Lee Santana Lute, Michael Freimuth Lute, Why Not Here Ensemble
21 Aire for viola da gamba & lyra viol 2:44
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