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    Telemann’s Viol Fantaisies on the viola


    When a long-lost set of Telemann bass viol fantaisies was found in a private collection a few years ago, Mikhail ‘Misha’ Galaganov set about arranging them for the viola. Here he explores the history of the works and reveals some of the challenges he encountered in his quest

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    Chelys Consort of Viols: Purcell


    Purcell played with (gut) feeling, skill and sensitivity

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    Michel Collichon, enigma among French viol makers


    Just a handful of instruments by Michel Collichon have survived to the present day – but they demonstrate the skill and techniques of a master innovator. With a tenth example recently identified, Shem Mackey explains the appeal of the 17th-century viol maker to modern-day luthiers

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    L'Achéron: Orlando Gibbons, Fancy for six viols


    François Joubert-Caillet leads viol consort L’Achéron in a Fancy by Orlando Gibbons, an English composer contemporary of Shakespeare. Recorded at the Église de Centeilles, Siran, in the Minervois region of France, the performance is on a matched set of instruments by maker Arnaud Giral. The musicians are: François Joubert-Caillet ...

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    Alitalia foots the bill for smashed viola da gamba repairs


    Airline has accepted responsibility for damage, says early music specialist Myrna Herzog

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    New photos: luthier Shlomo Moyal begins work on viol destroyed on Alitalia flight


    Viola da gamba belonging to Myrna Herzog starts ‘long interesting journey’ to restoration at Jerusalem workshop

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    Destroyed viola da gamba update: further info from owner, plus Alitalia responds


    Myrna Herzog explains circumstances while airline claims investigations ongoing but that signed ‘limited release’ form effectively absolves it of responsibility

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    C. Simpson: The Four Seasons


    THE STRAD RECOMMENDS The Strad Issue: March 2017Description: A seasons cycle that pre-dates Vivaldi's by six decadesMusicians: Sirius Viols; Lee Santana (cittern/theorbo), Johannes Gontarski (bandora/guitar/archlute/cittern) Andreas Küppers (organ)Composer: C. SimpsonCatalogue number: DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 88875 19098-2 More than 60 years before Vivaldi composed his own Four Seasons, ...

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    The special art of decorated instruments


    The Strad Calendar 2014 features beautifully decorated instruments by some of the finest makers of all time. John Dilworth tracks the history of the noble tradition, through the makers featured