L.Mozart in 1756 wrote, "nowadays violoncello is also played between the legs". Gradually the large cello played da gamba prevailed and its smaller counterpart played mostly by violinists, like J.S.Bach, A.Caldara, G.M.Bononcini disappeared until 2004 when I was lucky to have been summoned to re-construct what the Italians in the 17th century conceived. A few remarkable soloists made the discovery known.
With several world-premiere CDs recorded on this instrument, including the award winning recordings of the Six Suites for Violoncello solo and Cantatas with violoncello obbligato by J.S.Bach, this instrument has played its role in the cello history being its turning point. It will soon be the ex-Badiarov.
It will be exhibited at Mondomusica, Cremona, on the 28-30 September 2012. Exhibition booth no. 144, Badiarov Violins.
More info on this event at:
1. Mondomusica website.
2. An FB event. Feel free to join, and do not forget to request free invitations if you happen to visit Mondomusica this year.
3. The most recent recital on a similar instrument from my studio, by Sergey Malov.