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“Pianca displays beautiful tone and expressivity in the solo lute pieces by Weiss, while Ghielmi transforms the viola da gamba into a hurdy-gurdy in Sainte-Colombe's "Vielle". When the two play together they create a very rich sound.”

Early Music America Magazine

on "Bagpipes

from Hell"

Watch Ghielmi and Pianca perform Forqueray's "La Couperin" on YouTube
Duet Pianca-Ghielmi website

Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba

Luca Pianca, lute

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

Tickets: $64, $49, $38, $19 – reserved seating

The Golden Age of the Viola da Gamba and the Lute:

Music of Marais, Gallot, Forqueray, S. L. Weiss, and Lidl

Award-winning viola da gambist Vittorio Ghielmi, and Il Giardino Armonico founder Luca Pianca, lute, have toured the world performing the extensive, but little-known repertoire for lute and viola da gamba. Their most recent CD, “Bagpipes from Hell,” explores the rustic side of the repertoire alongside more refined works by Marais, Gallot, Forqueray, S. L. Weiss, Abel, and Lidl, and provides the basis of their début concert with the Boston Early Music Festival.