Cantar alla Viola

Cantar alla Viola, the art of accompanying the voice with the Viola da Gamba, is the largely-forgotten technique of using a bowed instrument to play polyphony and harmony as an accompaniment to the voice. The rediscovery of these methods of accompaniment inspired Nadine Balbeisi, soprano, and Fernando Marín, viola da gamba, to create their duo of the same name.

Detailed descriptions of the practice of this delicate manner of accompanying the voice are found in sources such as “Regola Rubertiana” by Sylvestro Ganassi (1542) and in “Il libro del cortegliano” by Baldassare Castiglione, Venezia (1528). As suggested by Ganassi’s instructions, Fernando Marín adapts madrigals and songs from the Renaissance and early Baroque for the voice and viol.

The duo researches and makes use of the different kinds of violas da gamba used to accompany the voice, such as the Spanish Vihuela de arco, the bowed version of the Vihuela de mano (plucked), and the English Lyra-viol. Both have been historically reproduced following the shapes and dimensions as well as building techniques of original instruments. Historical bows and strings are just as carefully researched and selected. The harmonies of the instrument are sustained by using a special bow technique, which creates a sound that mixes well with the human voice.

Cantar alla Viola has performed in festivals and concert series in the US, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and the Czech Republic. The duo has been a finalist on two occasions in the competition for early music in Antwerp International Young Artist’s Presentation. Through extensive research of the repertoire for this combination they have encountered lesser-known composers whose works they have introduced in concert and on critically acclaimed CDs. The Complete Polyphonic Works of Juan Blas de Castro (1561-1631) presents a musician, working in the court of Philip III, who set music to poems by notable poets such as his friend, Lope de Vega. In the CD Robert Jones: The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres (1601), they introduce a composer and lutenist, contemporary of Dowland, flourishing in the Elizabethan era. The CD, The Vihuela de arco in the reign of Aragon, displays a selection of polyphonic Spanish works from the Renaissance adapted for the vihuela de arco and voice. In commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the Second Book of Songs and Ayres (1612) by William Corkine, Cantar alla Viola released the CD Each Lovely Grace.

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CANTAR ALLA VIOLA
Blas de Castroicon-download
  1. 1. Desde las Torres del Alma // Blas de Castro
  2. 2. Del cristal de Mancanares // Blas de Castro
  3. 3. Estabase el aldeana // Blas de Castro
  4. 4. Porque alegre venga el Sol // Blas de Castro
  5. 5. Si tus ojos divinos // Blas de Castro
  6. 6. Ansares y Menga // Blas de Castro
  7. 7. A coronarse de flores // Blas de Castro
  8. 8. Ya no les pienso pedir // Blas de Castro
  9. 9. Sale la blanca aurora // Blas de Castro
  10. 10. Para todos alegres // Blas de Castro
  11. 11. Si a la fiesta de San Juan // Blas de Castro
  12. 12. Entre dos alamos verdes // Blas de Castro
  13. 13. Tus imbidias me hablan // Blas de Castro
  14. 14. Ojos negros que os mirais // Blas de Castro
  15. 15. Alamos del soto, adios // Blas de Castro
  16. 16. Desiertos campos, arboles somb // Blas de Castro
  17. 17. Tienes nina en tus ojos // Blas de Castro
  18. 18. Que hermosa fueras, Belilla // Blas de Castro
  19. 19. Desata el pardo o(c)tubre // Blas de Castro
  20. 20. Tan triste vivo en mi aldea // Blas de Castro
Each Lovely Graceicon-download
  1. 1. Prelude I // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  2. 2. Shall a Smile // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  3. 3. Fly Swift My Thoughts // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  4. 4. Pavin // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  5. 5. Downe, Downe Proud Minde // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  6. 6. Away, away // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  7. 7. Mounsiers Almaine // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  8. 8. Prelude II // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  9. 9. Goe Heavy Thoughts // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  10. 10. Almaine // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  11. 11. Coranto II // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  12. 12. Two Lovers Sat Lamenting // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  13. 13. T’is True T’is Say // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  14. 14. If My Complains // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  15. 15. Coranto I // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  16. 16. Man Like a Prophet of Ensuing Yeeres // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  17. 17. Shall I Be With Joyes Deceived? // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  18. 18. Each Lovely Grace // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  19. 19. The Punckes Delight // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  20. 20. Beware Faire Maides // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  21. 21. Come Live With Me and Be My Love // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  22. 22. My Deerest Mistrisse // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  23. 23. Walsingham // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  24. 24. As By a Fountaine Chast Diana Sate // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
La Viola d'Arcicon-download
  1. 1. Benedicamus XIV // La Viola d'Arc
  2. 2. Ave maris stella // La Viola d'Arc
  3. 3. La España // La Viola d'Arc
  4. 4. Para verme con ventura // La Viola d'Arc
  5. 5. No se puede llamar fe // La Viola d'Arc
  6. 6. Es la causa bien amar // La Viola d'Arc
  7. 7. Fabordón del 1er tono llano y Glosado en el tiple // La Viola d'Arc
  8. 8. Romance de Moriana // La Viola d'Arc
  9. 9. O gloriosa domina // La Viola d'Arc
  10. 10. Como puedo yo bivir // La Viola d'Arc
  11. 11. No soy yo quien veis bivir // La Viola d'Arc
  12. 12. Fabordón del 1er tono llano y Glosado en las voces intermedias // La Viola d'Arc
  13. 13. Mas vale trocar // La Viola d'Arc
  14. 14. Que todos se passan en flores // La Viola d'Arc
  15. 15. Si la noche haze escura // La Viola d'Arc
  16. 16. Que es de ti, desconsolado // La Viola d'Arc
  17. 17. Benedicamus IX // La Viola d'Arc
  18. 18. Pange lingua // La Viola d'Arc
  19. 19. Fabordón del 5° tono llano // La Viola d'Arc
  20. 20. Un dolor tengo en el alma // La Viola d'Arc
  21. 21. Dime Robadora // La Viola d'Arc
Robert Jonesicon-download
  1. 01. Dreames and Imaginations // Cantar alla Viola - Robert Jones
  2. 02. Fie fie // Cantar alla Viola - Robert Jones
  3. 03. Love wing’d my hopes // Robert Jones
  4. 04. Faire women // Robert Jones
  5. 05. Who so is tide // Robert Jones
  6. 06. Whither runneth my sweet hart // Robert Jones
  7. 07. Come sorrow come // Robert Jones
  8. 08. Now what is love // Robert Jones
  9. 09. Loves God is a boy // Robert Jones
  10. 10. Once did I love // Robert Jones
  11. 11. My love bound me with a kisse // Robert Jones
  12. 12. Arise // Robert Jones
  13. 13. Beautie stand further // Jones: The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres
9. Sale la blanca aurora // Blas de Castro
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  1. 9. Sale la blanca aurora // Blas de Castro
  2. 9. O gloriosa domina // La Viola d'Arc
  3. 9. Lessons for the Lyra-Viol: Lesson 1 – Coranto // eVIOLution
  4. 9. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 9 – Coranto // sCORDAtura
  5. 9. Goe Heavy Thoughts // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  6. 9. Al primo vostro sguardo // Segreti Accenti
  7. 8. Ya no les pienso pedir // Blas de Castro
  8. 8. Romance de Moriana // La Viola d'Arc
  9. 8. Prelude II // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  10. 8. Lessons for the Lyra-Viol: Lesson 1 – Almaine // eVIOLution
  11. 8. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 9 – Galliard // sCORDAtura
  12. 8. Con la fronte fiorita // Segreti Accenti
  13. 7. UT, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA (Fantasía a tres) // eVIOLution
  14. 7. Mounsiers Almaine // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  15. 7. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 8 – Coranto // sCORDAtura
  16. 7. Fabordón del 1er tono llano y Glosado en el tiple // La Viola d'Arc
  17. 7. A coronarse de flores // Blas de Castro
  18. 7. Io vorrei Dio d’amore // Segreti Accenti
  19. 6. Tratado de Clossas: Recercada Quinta // eVIOLution
  20. 6. Lessons for Lyra-Viol: Lesson 8 – Pavin // sCORDAtura
  21. 6. Lasso non è cor mio // Segreti Accenti
  22. 6. Es la causa bien amar // La Viola d'Arc
  23. 6. Away, away // Cantar alla Viola - Each Lovely Grace
  24. 6. Ansares y Menga // Blas de Castro
  25. 5. Tratado de Clossas: Recercada Cuarta // eVIOLution
  26. 5. Si tus ojos divinos // Blas de Castro
  27. 5. Sento d’amor // sCORDAtura