Introducing the Baroque viola

The viola doesn’t often get to star as a solo instrument. But that isn’t the case with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s upcoming Queen Elizabeth Hall concert, Pipedreams. In this brilliant Baroque performance, the audience will be treated to Telemann’s work, which put the viola centre stage; Concerto for Two Violas and Strings in G.

In this video, the OAE’s co-principal viola Simone Jandl demonstrates her own Baroque viola, which is a replica of an Italian instrument from the 18th century. Jandl compares the instrument to its modern counterpart, highlighting the key differences in what, on the surface, may seem incredibly similar instruments.

Introducing the Baroque Viola


You need to be a lot more sensitive [with the gut strings], because they are a lot less forgiving than synthetic strings
Simone Jandl, co-principal viola, Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Pipedreams is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Monday 3 December.

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