House of Habsburg:
Music of the Holy Roman Empire
February 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St, Tucson, AZ
Beverly Au | Rosamund Morley | Lawrence Lipnik | Lisa Terry
The viola da gamba quartet Parthenia bridges the centuries with ravishing sound and remarkable ensemble playing, animating ancient and contemporary repertoire to critical acclaim. Hailed by international music critics, the ensemble appears regularly in concerts around the United States and the world, producing its own series in New York City and collaborating with acclaimed early music specialists. The quartet has been featured in prestigious festivals and concert series and it commissions and premieres new works annually. Their extensive discography, most recently “Nothing Proved – New Works for Viols, Voice, and Electronics,” features works by Kristin Norderval, Frances White, and Tawnie Olson.
Read the list of pieces (PDF) that Parthenia will perform at this concert.
About the Viol (from Parthenia‘s website)
“The viol, or viola da gamba, is a family of stringed instruments celebrated in European music from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Today on both sides of the Atlantic, soloists as well as viol groups—known as ‘consorts’—have rediscovered the lost repertoire and ethereal beauty of this early instrument. Unlike its cousin, the arm-supported violin (viola da braccio), the viol is held upright on the leg (gamba) or between the legs; its bow is gripped underhand; and its body is made of bent or molded wood. These characteristics lend a distinctive lightness and resonance to viol sound that have inspired a wave of new works by 21st-century composers and a growing enthusiasm on the part of international audiences.”
“Their unanimity and grasp of the style are not unlike
that of a great string quartet playing Mozart or Beethoven.”
“Ravishingly beautiful sound…
The playing by the Parthenia was uniformly superb.”
—The Boston Musical Intelligencer