Helena van Tongeren
In the 17th and 18th centuries the baryton was called the “king of instruments and the instrument of kings” and “one of the most gracious of instruments”, it had a real popularity in noble circles. This CD offers a unique selection from the one hundred and twenty-six baryton trios written by Haydn. The baryton is a very demanding instrument, but the possibilities of sound are rare: there is a gamba, a harp, a harpsichord and of course various combinations. Freek Borstlap is both artistic director and founder of ‘The spirit of Gamba’. He performs regularly with the French Academia Ensemble and the German chamber orchestra La Fantasia. Helena van Tongeren studied with Jürgen Kussmaul. She is a refined chamber musician, conquering concert halls both in the Netherlands and abroad as viola player of the Van Dingstee Quartet and the Lucebert Trio.