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Antoine Selosse: La Chasse Royale / Terence Charlston

Selosse / Charlston
Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Deux-elles   Catalog #: 1143   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antoine SelosseJohn Bull
Performer:  Terence Charlston
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A newly-discovered manuscript found at a second-hand bookshop was revealed to contain music attributed to Selosse. Keyboard virtuoiso Terence Charlton invests the music with a spirited freshness. Enjoyable listening" - Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo

This exciting and historically important new 2 CD collection, entitled ‘La Chasse Royale’ presents a newly discovered manuscript of music by Antoine Selosse.

Discovered in a London second-hand bookshop in 2004, it is quite amazing that this seventeenth-century manuscript with a strongly recusant provenance should be discovered by Dr Peter Leech who who had previously spent eight years dedicated to researching music derived from Catholic recusant
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Although it seems possible that Antoine Selosse (the Jesuit musician Antonio Mason alias Selosse, 1621-87, who was active at the English Jesuit College of Saint Omer in the 1680s) is the ‘Selos’ to whom the contents of the manuscript were attributed in the first flyleaf inscription, various factors militate against his authorship of the whole collection.

The repertoire chosen for inclusion in Selosse’s remarkable book covers a broad spectrum of the genres popular in seventeenth century Europe and reveals a wide range of national influences and styles. It consists of mainly dance pieces (often with variations of their own) and these are grouped by key. Few pieces have a specific title and no composers are named but the authorship of only one piece can be stated with confidence: Bull’s popular The King’s Hunt 3 and the suites in G major (13-14) and D major (16-19) are strikingly similar, on stylistic grounds, to works by John Roberts.

As a solo harpsichordist and chamber musician, Terence Charlston has toured extensively and his sympathetic command of original harpsichords, organs, pianos and clavichords has led to him becoming one of the most respected early music performers around today. He is well known to chamber music audiences and performs with many of the major period instrument ensembles and orchestras in the UK and abroad.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on La Folia in D minor by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
2.
Ciaccona for Harpsichord in C major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
3.
King's Hunt by John Bull
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
4.
Toccata for Harpsichord in G minor by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
5.
Suite for Harpsichord in C major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
6.
Suite for Harpsichord in F major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
7.
Suite for Harpsichord in G major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
8.
Suite for Harpsichord in D major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
9.
Toccata in C major for the Vox Humana by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
10.
The Hunting Lesson in G major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
11.
Fuge Ite missa est in D major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
12.
Toccata in C major for the Cornet and echoes by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
13.
Chaconne for Harpsichord in F major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
14.
Suite for Harpsichord in D major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
15.
Allemande for Harpsichord in F major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
16.
Allemande and Variations for Harpsichord in G minor by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
17.
Fitt for the manicorde by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
18.
Allemande for Harpsichord in C minor by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)
19.
Allemande and Variation for Harpsichord in F major by Antoine Selosse
Performer:  Terence Charlston (Harpsichord)

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