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Purcell: Close Thine Eyes / Klisowska, Kooij

Purcell / Klisowka / Kooij
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Stradivarius   Catalog #: 33931   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry PurcellJohn BanisterAnthony PooleGottfried Finger
Performer:  Peter KooyLorenzo FederCristiano ContadinJoanna Klisowska
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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PURCELL Suite in G. Ground in c. Two in one upon a ground . Songs: Beginn the song. Tell me some pitying angel. Close thine eyes. Music for a while. Lord, what is man. Sweeter than roses. An evening hymn. BANISTER Ground. POOLE Air with division sul basso di folia. FINGER Sonata No. 4 in d Joanna Klisowska (sop); Peter Kooij Read more (bs); Pietro Prosser (lt); Cristiano Contadin (vdg); Lorenzo Feder (hpd, org) STRADIVARIUS 33931 (63:19 Text and Translation)


The main premise of this collection of songs and instrumental pieces is to provide a concert of works that might have happened in polite society of Henry Purcell’s time. As premises go, it is of course not a bad one to have, particularly since it includes several people (Godfrey Finger, Anthony Poole, and John Banister) who were acquaintances of his through court circles. These works, while competent enough, are really only window-dressing for Purcell. Indeed, Banister’s ostinato for lute is fairly simple, with easily predictable variations (dotted rhythms, triplets, etc.) and some occasionally awkward harmony and voice leading that finally peters out with a whimper. Poole’s variations on La Folia are much more rhythmically active, and having the thicker texture of the gamba and harpsichord helps to enliven the repetitions. When one gets to the more complex of these towards the end, Poole plays with the music, introducing double and triple stops and a rhythm that I swear was derived from jazz in its use of syncopation. Finger’s four-movement Sonata seems rather more advanced, particularly in the first Allegro , with its virtuoso line sounding more like Telemann than Purcell. It requires an advanced technique to perform; in the final movement, it recalls the solo suites of Bach in the intricacy of the gamba part.


Of course, the main attraction is the rather extensive music by Purcell. His specialty is the ground, which can be simple, as in his C-Minor Ostinato or more complex in the Evening Hymn with a continually flowing bass line, accompanied by a steady organ pulse. In Music for a while , it snakes about somewhat chromatically while the bass voice sustains a languid melody. The old-fashioned sound of Sweeter than Roses, with its separated soprano line recalling a Cavalli aria, replete with some exquisite internal ornamentation and rhythmic structure, follows the declamation of the words closely. When the second part, a meandering tune that seems to be like a trumpet call, arrives, the contrast is presented in a logical manner. The solemn hymn What is man? concludes with a trippy dance and a flowing Alleluia.


The performances of this concert are exquisite. Joanna Klisowska has a clear and bright voice, recalling the early performances of Emma Kirkby, while bass Peter Kooij is nicely resonant, with clean enunciation. The gamba playing by Cristiano Contadin is one of the most precise demonstrations of technical and interpretive skill I have heard in a long time, and this among many other accomplished gambists. The lute playing and keyboard accompaniment are likewise well done. The ensemble is excellent as well. This is one of the contenders for my Want List for the coming year, as it is an all-around excellent addition to the Baroque discography.


FANFARE: Bertil van Boer
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Works on This Recording

1.
Begin the song and strike the living lyre, Z 183 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Peter Kooy (), Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Cristiano Contadin ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Divisions on a Ground by John Banister
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joanna Klisowska (), Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord), Lorenzo Feder (Organ),
Cristiano Contadin ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Harpsichord no 1 in G major, Z 660 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Close thine eyes and sleep secure, Z 184 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord), Joanna Klisowska (), Lorenzo Feder (Organ),
Peter Kooy (), Cristiano Contadin ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6.
Lord, what is man?, Z 192 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord), Joanna Klisowska (),
Cristiano Contadin ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Divisions on the Polewheele's ground by Anthony Poole
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord), Cristiano Contadin ()
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Oedipus, Z 583: Music for a while by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Cristiano Contadin (), Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord),
Peter Kooy ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1692; England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Ground for Harpsichord in C minor, Z D221 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for 2 violas da gamba & continuo No. 4 in D minor by Gottfried Finger
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord), Cristiano Contadin ()
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
11.
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G minor, Z 231 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord), Peter Kooy (),
Cristiano Contadin ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Two in one upon a Ground by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Cristiano Contadin (), Lorenzo Feder (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Sweeter than roses (from "Pausanias"), song, Z. 585/1 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Lorenzo Feder (Organ), Cristiano Contadin (), Joanna Klisowska (),
Lorenzo Feder (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
Venue:  Chiesa di S. Bartolomeo, Rovereto 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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