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La Viole Luthée: viola da gamba virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo performs at Collection Feb. 27

February 11, 2011

“One of the most brilliant and poetic of the instrument’s current exponents.”
– Gramophone

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned viola da gamba player Paolo Pandolfo and the Norwegian lutenist Thomas Boysen on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3 pm. The program, called La Viole Luthée, features viol-lute conversations from Renaissance improvisations to works by Jean de St. Colombe and Marin Marais. The two composers were both virtuoso viol players; St. Colombe is credited with inventing new left-hand techniques and adding a seventh string to the bass viol. Together, they represent the culmination of the viola da gamba as a solo instrument during the age of Louis XIV.

Pandolfo, one of today’s foremost players of the viola da gamba, returns to the Collection with Boysen, who will play theorbo (a long-necked relative of the lute) and baroque guitar. The duo will open the program with three Renaissance-style improvisations structured on pre-existing forms. Next comes a work from the Panmure Manuscript, a Parisian collection of lute music: St. Colombe’s Prelude and Chaconne in D minor. The first half closes with four pieces (Musette, La Georgienne, Plainte, La Guitarre) by Marin Marais from his Pieces de Viole, Books III and V.

Both composers lived in the same part of Paris, and after Colombe’s death, Marais memorialized him in Le Tombeau pour Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (published in the second book of his Pièces de Viol). The concert concludes with St. Colombe’s Prélude, Chansonette, and Chaconne in C major, also from the Panmure Manuscript.

Tickets to the performance are $20, $15 for seniors and Yale staff, $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Collection’s website or call the Collection at 203 432-0825.

About the Performers

Paolo Pandolfo began his career in early music in 1979 with violinist Enrico Gatti and harpsicordist Rinaldo Alessandrini. In 1982 he became a member of Jordi Savall’s ensemble Hesperion XX, with which he played and recorded until 1990, when he was appointed professor of viola da gamba at his alma mater, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. He performs all over the world, and regularly collaborates with artists such as Emma Kirkby, Rolf Lislevand, Rinaldo Alessandrini, José Miguel Moreno and many others. Since 1992 he has directed Labyrinto, an ensemble of viols performing the vast “consort music” repertoire. Pandolfo has recorded extensively for the Astree, EMI, Philips, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Tactus, and Simphonia labels. His recordings have received laudatory reviews as well as many awards by the most important musical magazines, including Gramophone and Le Monde de la musique.

Thomas C. Boysen was born in Oslo, Norway in 1970 into a family of musicians. He studied guitar and lute at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, and after receiving his diploma went to Germany to study with Rolf Lislevand at the State Academy of Music in Trossingen. Thomas Boysen is widely in demand as a lutenist, guitarist, and continuo player and has appeared with such groups as the Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble, the Oman Consort, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Armonico Tributo Austria. He has participated in concerts, recordings, and radio productions with some of the most important musicians on the European early music scene. Since 2001 he has been on the faculty of the State Academy of Music in Trossingen.