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Musical London c. 1700: Purcell to Handel / Holman, Parley of Instruments

Musical London C. 1700: Purcell / Var
Release Date: 01/25/2011 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 776  
Composer:  Raphael CourtevilleWilliam CroftGiovanni Battista DraghiGeorge Frideric Handel,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The late seventeenth century was a period of great change in English music. This was a time when the influences of Italian music were ever-increasing, brought to England by Italian composers such as Draghi, Haym and Matteis, and their German contemporaries Pepusch and Handel. In this new release we explore how the English composers, Purcell, Weldon and Croft, responded to Italian music and incorporated the style into their own works. The two works by Purcell, Sonata in G minor and The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation, perfectly illustrate his mastery of the Italian style. This is especially evident in the latter, which Purcell wrote in the style of an Italian cantata.

This distinctive blend of English and Italian influences
Read more also became evident in the works of many European composers in England, as they adopted the native English style and form. In fact the English legacy can be heard in the music of Draghi, Courteville, Matteis, Handel, Pepusch and Haym, almost as clearly as in the music of their English contemporaries. Draghi’s sonata is a prime example of this, it seems to have been influenced by English consort music, and its short, contrasted sections and unexpected harmonies are far removed from the sonatas composers were writing in Italy at the time.

The works on this release are performed by Peter Holman’s early music group, The Parley of Instruments, which today is recognized as one of the leading exponents of Baroque music. The Parley’s trail-blazing work in English eighteenth-century music has led to collaborations with soloists such as Catherine Bott, Crispian Steele-Perkins and Elizabeth Wallfisch. On this release, the group is joined by soprano Philippa Hyde, with Peter Holman, conductor and founder of the Parley of Instruments.

Review:

It looks like a fascinating time, the richness of which could perhaps only be properly revealed by a wisely chosen program of rarities such as this. Everything is stylish and full of understanding, and Philippa Hyde's voice is clear and strong.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Creep softly, purling streams by Raphael Courteville
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
2.
Symphony Song: For rural and sincerer joys by William Croft
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
3.
Where art thou, God of Dreams? by Giovanni Battista Draghi
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; England 
Notes: From the opera "Romulus and Hersilia" composed 1682. 
4.
Venus and Adonis, HWV 85 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Notes: Cantata reconstructed by Peter Holman. 
5.
Chandos Anthem: Have mercy on me, O God by Nicola Francesco Haym
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
6.
Ayres for the Violin, Book 4: Suite in D minor by Nicola Matteis
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1685; London, England 
7.
Sonata in D major by Johann Christoph Pepusch
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Notes: Subtitled "Small coal". 
8.
Trio Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Z 780 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Notes: Reconstructed by Peter Holman.  
9.
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Peter Holman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parley of Instruments
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 

Sound Samples

Romulus and Hersilia: Where art thou, God of Dreams?
Trio Sonata in G minor: I. Adagio
Trio Sonata in G minor: II. Canzona: Allegro - Adagio - Presto
Trio Sonata in G minor: III. Adagio
Trio Sonata in G minor: IV. Vivace - Adagio
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z. 196, "The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
Creep Softly, Purling Streams
Suite in D minor: I. Preludio: Prestissimo
Suite in D minor: II. Fuga in fantasia: Presto
Suite in D minor: III. Grave: Adagio - Prestissino - Adagio
Suite in D minor: IV. Ground per fa la mano: Allegro
For rural and sincerer joys: I. Overture: Grave - Allegro
For rural and sincerer joys: II. Recitative: -
For rural and sincerer joys: III. Air: Damon, for song and fight renown'd -
For rural and sincerer joys: IV. Ground: His arms and voice o'er all Prevail
Suite in D minor: I. Overture: Slow - Brisk
Suite in D minor: II. Minuet
Suite in D minor: III. Almain: Slow
Suite in D minor: IV. Corant
Suite in D minor: V. Two in One on a Ground
Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Recitative: Behold, Where Weeping Venus Stands!
Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Aria: Dear Adonis, Beauty's Treasure
Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Recitative: Thus, Queen of Beauty
Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Aria: Transporting Joy
Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": I. Vivace
Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": II. Adagio
Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": III. Allegro
Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": IV. Adagio
Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": V. Presto
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Sonata: Largo - Andante
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Recitative:
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Wash me Thoroughly from my Wickedness
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Recitative: Against Thee Only have I Sinned
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Behold, I was Shapen in Iniquity
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Thou Shalt Purge me with Hyssop
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Thou Shalt Make me Hear of Joy and Gladness
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Thou Shalt Open My Lips, O Lord
Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Alleluia

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