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Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts / King's Consort

Purcell / Kings Consort
Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Vivat   Catalog #: 106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Superbly played." ***** – The Daily Telegraph

"Exquisitely performed." – The Independent

"There are delights at every turn in these beautifully performed sonatas." – The Classical Reviewer

"Superbly played … the time listening flashes by. Highly recommended." – Planet Hugill

"This recording is worth hearing for the amazing crunchy harmonies at the end of track six alone! ... the famous Golden Sonata sounding at its eloquent best at the heart of the disc; the one-movement G minor chaconne, which ends the sequence, is among Purcell's very finest pieces. Violinists Cecilia Bernardini and Huw Daniel are expert in all the counterpoint, and
Read more the continuo group is poised and fresh." – Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer

Purcell’s extraordinarily inventive, highly individual music combines Italian vigor, French elegance, and delicious English melancholy with harmonic daring, brilliant contrapuntal technique, and unique melodic inventiveness. The King’s Consort holds a worldwide reputation as leading performers of Purcell; this new release adds to TKC’s 25 recordings of the composer’s music, which have won numerous international awards and been central in restoring Purcell’s music to prominence. The international line-up includes Italian-Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini, Gramophone Award-winning German viol player Susanne Heinrich, Welsh violinist Huw Daniel, English organist Robert King, and theorbo player Lynda Sayce, recorded in the well-nigh perfect acoustic of The Menuhin Hall, Surrey. The extensive presentation includes a 44-page booklet with an authoritative liner note in three languages by renowned Purcell expert and biographer Robert King, together with session photographs and reproductions from the 1697 first edition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 9 in F major, Z 810 "Golden Sonata" by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
2.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 8 in G minor, Z 809 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
3.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 7 in C major, Z 808 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
4.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 6 in G minor, Z 807 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
5.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 5 in G minor, Z 806 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
6.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 4 in D minor, Z 805 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
7.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 3 in A minor, Z 804 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
8.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 2 in E flat major, Z 803 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
9.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 10 in D major, Z 811 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
10.
Sonatas (10) in 4 parts: no 1 in B minor, Z 802 by Henry Purcell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 

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