Hille Perl is a German virtuoso performer of the viola da gamba and lirone. She is considered to be one of the world's finest viola da gamba players, specializing in solo and ensemble music of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has a particular interest in French Baroque repertoire for seven-string bass viola da gamba, which she plays with an almost vocal, yet refined tone. She also performs Spanish, Italian and German repertoire and has released several CDs.
This films portrays Hille Perl who lives with her husband Lee Santana, who plays the lute, theorbo, chitarrone, and baroque guitar and is her long-time ensemble partner in an old farmhouse in Lower Saxony surrounded by hordes of horses, cats, roosters and a Bernese mountain dog. Hille’s daugher, Marthe Perl is a viol player too and studies together with her.
The main repertoire in this film embodies the works of Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger. Together with the trio “Los Otros“ [The Others] Hille Perl and Lee Santana perform ancient music combined with dance-parts by Steve Players in Bolzano, Italy.
In Freiburg, in Breisgau, Germany, Hille Perl records together with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra works by Graun and Telemann. The freedom of phrasing and the egalitarian characteristics of ancient music are both qualities that correspond to Hille Perl’s personality. Like many other instruments of ancient music the viola da gamba with its freedoms is equal to other instruments. But this also means that everybody needs to know when to subordinate the individual instrument to create a complete acoustic picture.