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Ibrahim Aziz
 viola da gamba
(instrument: Barak Norman, London, 1712)

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
1–6. Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 (transcription in E minor by Ibrahim Aziz)

Carlos MARTÍNEZ GIL (1959–)
7–11. Suite Estiu (2016)

Carl Friedrich ABEL (1723–1787)
12–14. 3 unaccompanied pieces

Rebecca ROWE (1970–)
15. Journeying (2018)

Johann SCHENCK (1660–1712)
16–21. Sonata (V) in D minor (codex 16598, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien)

Recorded at the Church of the Ascension, Plumstead, London, 29 and 31 May 2018
Produced by Tom Hammond
Engineered by John Croft
24bit, 96kHz hi-resolution recording and mastering
Album photo by Andrew Mason

Press Quotes

“This is a delightfully varied CD, demonstrating the full and varied potential of the gamba in the hands of a capable and wonderfully gifted young player.” (Early Music Review)

“This new recording by Ibrahim Aziz does not disappoint … Programming has been carefully thought out … the playing is poised, often energetic and always technically masterful … Aziz performs with imagination and flair, and the music bridges a gap between the more usual repertoire of the instrument and something” (The Consort Early Music Journal)

de Volkskrant (****)

“The recorded sound is fantastic throughout the CD, capturing the timbre of the 1712 Barak Norman in a way that is both realistic and clear…. An accomplished first solo album, presented with musical and technical aplomb. Aziz is clearly a musician with a distinctive voice and an important contribution to make.” (Viola de Gamba magazine)

“He has a fine tone and technique, playing with feeling and power. This is a recording to be reckoned with and I am sure we will hear much more from him” (American Record Guide)

“Buy This CD! The varied program – the mix of old and modern – makes this debut CD worth listening… In total, this production is absolutely recommended. You can hope that the label plans to continue working with Ibrahim Aziz!”(Viola da Gamba Society magazine)

“The combination of classical pieces by Bach, Abel and Schenck alongside more recent works by Rebecca Rowe and Carlos Martinez Gil add considerable frisson to the recording and the warmth of Ibrahim Aziz’ playing is never in doubt.” (Lark Reviews)

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