Jordi Savall & Wieland Kuijken - Sainte-Colombe: Concerts à Deux Violes Esgales Volumes I & II (Astree Records, 1976 / 1992)
First post! I'm really excited to share two of my favorite classical albums. Sainte-Colombe really understood the potential of the viola de gamba and Savall and Kuijken perform his work with absolute beauty. Prior to these releases, the viol was virtually forgotten until it was discovered by the author Pascal Quignard in the early 90's. Quignard then wrote a book based one of Saint-Colombe's students, Marin Marais, and later went on to develop a screenplay based on the book with director Alain Corneau. Jordi Savall provided the soundtrack. Even though the soundtrack is really good in it's own right, Savall and Kuijken's perfect execution on these recordings and the amazing quality of the recordings themselves really give Saint-Colombe's compositions justice. Even though the albums have been gaining some attention over the past few years, I feel they are still criminally underrated. If you like these you'll be excited to hear that more volumes will be posted in the future. Enjoy!