Video: Nima Ben David Performs C.F. Abel
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.