Musickes Sweetest Joyes
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Musickes sweetest joyes ‘For now my soule delights in heavenly noyse of musickes sweetest joyes’* Because of the gentle melancholy which underlies the instruments sound, the viola da gamba was the instrument par excellence for the music which became fashionable in 17th-century England,. Sadness was the prevailing tone in compositions of the period, as can be heard not only in many of the song texts (Go nightly cares, Like hermit poor) but also in the stately beauty of instrumental works like the Pavins. Fortunately, not all of the music of this period is gloomy or melancholy; many of the suites, with their light-footed dance movements, as well as folk song settings or grounds, provide a welcome contrast. As you study the English repertoire, you are quickly overwhelmed by the vast quantity of glorious music written for the viola da gamba, and curiosity spurs you on to continue reading through new pieces. In England, the gamba was used in various ways and in all sorts of different combinations, so that the instruments possibilities and possibilities for tone color were put to their best use……
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Pyramix bij Merging
Doopgezinde Kerk, Deventer The Netherlands 2004
Rens Heijnis custom design
Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
van den Hul T3 series
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Tijdschrift Oude Muziek
Mieneke van der Velden maakte eerder al veel indruk met de twee cds met gambamuziek, op deze derde gaan we op bezoek in Engeland. Mieneke laat met haar ensemble deze muziek heerlijk gonzen. Daarbij doen de hemelse Johannette Zomer en de subliem met de gamba mengende Peter Kooij ook nog een paar fraaie vocale duiten in het zakje.
Wat zit er toch een leven in haar klank: nu eens koninklijk breed en trots, dan weer meisjesachtig en met schaamrood. Kortom geen moment saaiheid in deze anders toch zo kwetsbare muziek.
Mieneke van der Velden has an elegant, reserved manner, and the ability to invest even the space around the notes with gentle beauty. The sound on this SACD is pristine pure with just the right touch of ambience, while the soloist’s brief liner notes display the same affection she lavishes so generously on her playing.
American Record Guide
The listeners will be beguiled by this, and the performances are beautiful.
Mieneke van der Velde allie une intense expressiviet un phrase toujours subtil. Sa sonorit plus discrete et fine que demonstrative installe potique tres convaincant
Exquisitely played, with as much devotion to detail as technical mastery, here is period music to beguile many a modern mood swing.
17th-century English melancholy and despair beautifully delivered. (…) the honours go to Mieneke van der Velden, who plays with unfailing intensity and beauty of tone.
International Record Review
Mieneke van der Velden has a muscular, athletic manner of handling her instrument, producing a rich, big-boned sound.
Wisely for such intense repertory, the programme is broken up by some small lute solos, deftly played by Fred Jacobs, and songs with viol accompaniment. Two Downland songs are performed in rarely heard versions with descants and bass gamba parts of the composer himself. Fascinating variations on much-loved songs especially rewarding. Peter Kooy is among the foremost Bach interpreters of the day, a sensational singer of Hume and Lanier. Warmly recommended
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