Video: Nima Ben David Performs C.F. Abel

15

April
2011

Carl Friedrich Abel was perhaps the last great virtuoso on the viola da gamba. He is best remembered for a highly-successful partnership with Johann Christian Bach (son of J.S.) on a music series known as the Bach-Abel concerts, which ran for sixteen years in London from 1765 onward.

Like many a gambist/composer that preceded him, Abel understood his instrument intimately and was able to write for it in a way that reflected both a general and personal technique.

Around 1770, he composed over two-dozen pieces for the viol with varying characters that showed off the instruments virtues.

Here’s Nima Ben David performing one of them—sonata [Moderato], WKO 208.

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