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Viols - screechy?

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Before anyone has a laugh at the OP's expense perhaps we ought to ask him if he means these..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viol

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edit: Adam beat me to it :)

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I listen to a lot of Radio 3 and have heard Viols enough times - i think they are instruments like violins or violas (come to think of it - more like violas from the name).They are played with a bow.

anyway,with a system like mine they shouldn't screech but they ALWAYS do!!!!!! :-(

PS You classical music audiophiles should be tuning into Radio 3 more often methinks! :-)

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It's the same as a viola de gamba - which literally means a large violin made from prawns.

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I listen to a lot of Radio 3 and have heard Viols enough times - i think they are instruments like violins or violas (come to think of it - more like violas from the name).They are played with a bow.

anyway,with a system like mine they shouldn't screech but they ALWAYS do!!!!!! :-(

PS You classical music audiophiles should be tuning into Radio 3 more often methinks! :-)

I'll give that a miss if that's okay with everybody.

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Viol music is wonderful!

If they sound screechy, this is either a poor quality / low res recording or your system is not that smooth. Well played and given time and space (with a glass of red and low lighting), they pamper my ears for hours :)

My favourite vile albums... (Tip: if you are totally new to viols then listen to number 2)

1. Marais

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/w/89674

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marais-Suitte-Etranger-Suite-Foreign/dp/B000GLKRVU (has samples)

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2. Purcell Fantasias

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Alia%2BVox/AVSA9859 (also with samples)

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3. http://www.amazon.com/Tous-matins-monde-Jordi-Savall/dp/B000005WDQ

4. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-william-byrd--complete-consort-music.aspx

5. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-john-ward--consort-music-for-five-and-six-viols.aspx

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Does the sound of VIOLS do your head in? - they do mine in!!!! :-(

Do you count the double bass - probably a member of the viol family - as "screechy"? ;-)

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Viols - which are related ancestrally to the more modern violin family of instruments - tend to be played with less vibrato, so the sound they make is less warm than violins and the like. The music that they play is also mostly from the Baroque (even Renaissance period) so it does not have the classical/romantic content of more recent string music.

This does make them more difficult to listen to for the person who is hearing them afresh - i.e. they are something of an acquired taste.

Well worth persevering, however.

:^

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