Godfrey Finger: virtuoso music for two bass viols
Bass viols: Jessica Horsley & David Hatcher
Recording producer: Anthony Rooley
Pan Classics 2011

This recording documents an exciting discovery of outstanding music by a previously little-known composer, Godfrey (Gottfried) Finger (c. 1660–1730). None of the over thirty works for viols from the Sünching Codex recently attributed to Finger had been recorded previously, and most of them were unpublished. The pieces premiered here necessitate not only a major reassessment of Finger’s oeuvre, but also of viol repertoire per se.


“Despite the quality of his music, Finger led a marginal existence in the recording world until now. With this recording, Jessica Horsley and David Hatcher bring him deservedly centre stage. What the two conjure up here on their bass viols immediately captures the music of Finger and leaves one yearning for more.”

“Horsley and Thatcher… work beautifully together, blending their sounds with great sensitivity and unity where called for and competing for virtuoso position in a friendly manner that should be a lesson to us all.”
“This is an outstanding recording with lovely sound containing much exciting baroque viol music played to the hilt by two beautifully matched musicians…”
David W. Moore, in: American Record Guide vol. 74 , issue 3 (May/June 2011), p. 119.

Aller guten Dinge sind vier

75 YEARS Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Canzon del Principe / Preludes choisis / Meister der Italienischen Renaissance / Giorno e Notte
Divox 2008

The title of this collection translates as “all good things come in fours”. In this case, the “four” are landmark recordings of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, the world-famous conservatoire for Early Music in Basel, Switzerland. The conservatoire has initiated numerous excellent recording productions over the years. Canzon del Principe, featuring the viol consort The Earle His Viols, is reissued here as part of the celebrations of “75 years of Artists of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”.

La tavola cromatica

Un’accademia musicale dal Cardinale Barberini
Roma intorno al 1635

Raumklang 2004

With works by Bottrigari, Nenna, Waesich, Rossi, Venosa, Buono, Mazzocchi, Kapsberger, Merula, and Eredia
In the 1630’s Cardinal Francesco Barberini, nephew of Pope Urban VIII, was one of the most influential patrons in Rome. He established a musical accademia that encompassed, as well as virtuoso singers and instrumentalists, a consort of viols directed by Virgilio Mazzochi. The viols were setup with additional frets in order to play highly chromatic madrigals and instrumental works. Based on research by musicologist Martin Kirnbauer, The Earle His Viols followed in the footsteps of Barberini’s accademia. The sounds are compelling and overwhelmingly avant-garde.

Irene Klein, Jessica Horsley, Brigitte Gasser, Randall Cook
Guest violist: Uri Smilanski
Soprano: Evelyn Tubb
Harp: Marie Nishiyama


“Almost every piece on the CD is a revelation.
To sum up: buy and listen!”
Pierre Funck, Viola da Gamba Mitteilungen

“The interpretation of this innovative and judiciously constituted programme is admirable. The work of the violists on intonation, expressive complicity and the intelligibility of the counterpoint into the most neurotic tracery are constant objects of admiration.”
Denis Morrier, « 5 Diapason », Diapason

“…beautifully in tune, sonorous, breathes constantly. And no sensation is wasted…”
Volker Hagedorn, Die Zeit

Canzon del principe

Neapolitan music around 1600
from the manuscript London, British Library MS Add. 3049, compiled by Luigi Rossi (1598–1653)
Divox 2001

This recording presents artists of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the artistic direction of Anthony Rooley. It represents the culmination of Rooley’s dream to record the essential oeuvres of the extraordinary manuscript he discovered in the British Library in 1973, MS Add. 30491. Composer, harpist, and organist Luigi Rossi compiled the manuscript in the years around 1615 in Naples (copying in additional pieces later in Rome) and it provides exceptional insight into Neapolitan music at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The works were previously thought to be for harp or organ, but this recording establishes the Rossi manuscript as a major source of viol repertoire.

Irene Klein, Jessica Horsley, Brigitte Gasser, Randall Cook
Soprano: Evelyn Tubb
Viola bastarda: Paolo Pandolfo
Harpsichord & Organ – solo: Andrea Marcon
Triple harp: Marie Nishiyama
Harpsichord & Organ – continuo: Johannes Strobl
Concept and Direction: Anthony Rooley

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“a remarkable debut recording”
Pablo Galonce, « Choc » du Monde de la Musique

“Particularly appealing are the interpretations of the viol consort, whose sweet melancholy leaves one spellbound.”
Christoph Ballmer, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“The audaciousness of the music and the quality of the interpretation are on the same high level.”
Basler Zeitung

“Certain bits of devilish ornamentation could seem unplayable, pure flights of fancy of the transcriber of the epoch. But every note has its place in a perfection that is breath-taking.”
Thierry Dagon, Schweizer Musikzeitung