With arms and legs
"Compact, somewhat husky, with the smoky flavors of wood, earth and tannic acid." This is how the composer György Ligeti characterized the sound of the alto instrument, which, as the "viola da braccio" (arm violin) in the Baroque era, slowly gained independence from the "viola da gamba" (knee or leg violin). Sindy Mohamed, the young Egyptian-French violist who plays one of the most beautiful old Italian instruments, goes back to the early 18th century to confront the magic of French dance suites and character pieces with the contrapuntally set viol sonatas of Bach and Telemann. No partner would be better suited to trace the stylistic nuances of this repertoire than harpsichordist Justin Taylor, who in his early 30s is already one of the most exciting baroque specialists of our day.

+ 7 minutes
The "plus" in the concert: in a 7-minute discussion excursus, characteristic, sometimes curious aspects of the program are singled out or exciting phenomena are highlighted in the context of the works.

Concert with intermission
Duration approx. 2 hours

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Sindy Mohamed


Justin Taylor


J. S. Bach
Sonata G major BWV 1027 for viola da gamba and harpsichord

François Couperin
Premiere Suite e minor

G. P. Telemann
Sonata a minor für for viola da gamba and harpsichord

Marin Marais
Selection from book 2 and 4 of Pièces de Viole

J. S. Bach
Sonata g minor BWV 1029 for viola da gamba and harpsichord

In cooperation with the University of Heidelberg