David Tayler, who produces high-quality video recordings of performances by Voices of Music in San Francisco and has created a YouTube channel to which these videos are uploaded, has been busy since my last report on his work this past August. Recent uploads have included a selection from the Great Artists Concert of January, 2010 and a performance recorded earlier this year. The composers for these selections are Georg Philipp Telemann and Heinrich Schmelzer, respectively.
On the earlier video the featured performer is oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz, performing a sonata in F major from the TWV 41 collection twelve sonatas, originally composed for violin or flute. This is a four-movement sonata, whose final Allegro is in the form of a gigue. Ruiz is accompanied by Hanneke van Proosdij on harpsichord, William Skeen on cello, and Tayler on archlute.
The video from this year is an A minor sonata in six parts from Schmelzer’s Sacro-Profanus Concentus Musicus collection. This collection was published in 1662. The six parts are taken by three violins (Elizabeth Blumenstock, Carla Moore, and Maxine Nemerovski), two violas (Kati Kyme and Lisa Grodin), and violone (Farley Pearce). Continuo is provided by Skeen on cello, Tayler on archlute, and Proosdij on organ. This richly textured music involves thicker textures than are usually associated with the seventeenth century.