Richard Boothby (viola da gamba) & Richard Tunnicliffe (baroque cello): Parallel Lives | Kings Place

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Cello Unwrapped

Baroque Unwrapped

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Richard Boothby (viola da gamba) & Richard Tunnicliffe (baroque cello): Parallel Lives

Cello Unwrapped
Music / Thursday, 2 February 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One
£19.50 – £49.50 | Savers £9.50*

William Lawes lyra viol music
Antonii Ricercata Quarta (Bologna, 1687)

Gabrieli Ricercar No. 6 in G

Galli Sonata V from Trattenimento Musicale sopra il violoncello

Norcombe Divisions in D minor

Barriére Sonata in F sharp minor, Book 2 No. 2
Marais Variations sur une basse contrainte

Carl Friedrich Abel Duo in G
Telemann Fantasia No. 1 for solo viol

Vandini Sonata in B flat 

Carl Friedrich Abel Prelude

Berteau Study No. 6

Duport Study No. 7 from Essai sur le doigter du violoncelle...

Marais Chaconne in G major

Richard Boothby viols

Richard Tunnicliffe baroque cello

The viola da gamba is not, as is often assumed, an early version of the cello. Both instruments were born into two entirely separate families in the 15th century, one derived from the guitar, the other from the violin. The subtle viol was loved by Louis XIV and Charles I, but the robust cello, preferred by the Italians.

Join two masters of their art, Richard Boothby and Richard Tunnicliffe, in a programme which maps the curious and wary dance these two instruments made, as they jostled for pre-eminence. In his duets, Abel provides a final rapprochement in the dying days of the 18th century, as the viol was about to sleep for 100 years, and the ‘cello to scale new heights of virtuosity.

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Photo (L-R): Richard Tunnicliffe, Richard Boothby