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Purcell: Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts / Retrospect Trio

Release Date: 10/26/2018 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 374  
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Matthew Halls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Retrospect Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the follow up Retrospect’s debut recording, released to celebrate the 350th birthday of Henry Purcell, and reunites four Baroque instrumentalist superstars. Continuing the composer’s trio sonata texture found in Ten Sonatas in Four Parts, Purcell’s later set is much more forward-looking to the later Baroque rather than taking inspiration from the old style contrapuntal models found in the earlier set. These sonatas display the composer’s innate ability at blending influences from French, Italian and English music; exotic dissonances can be heard alongside the unique use of counterpoint. This recording was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award and an International Classical Music Award and was named a ‘Choice’ recording by Read more Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine and International Record Review. Recorded at St George’s, Chesterton, the recording beautifully captures the timeless beauty of Purcell’s most highly regarded instrumental works. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Z 790-801 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Matthew Halls (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Retrospect Trio
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 

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