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Purcell: Complete Music For Strings / Belder, Musica Amphion

Purcell / Musica Amphion / Belder
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94619   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Such was his renown in the musical world -- 'one of the most celebrated Masters of the Science of Musick in the Kingdom and scarce inferior to any in Europe' -- when Henry Purcell tragically died aged only 36 in 1695, that he was essentially afforded a state funeral. This collection brings together the composer's complete works for strings.

Showing Purcell's success as a cutting-edge composer, both sets of sonatas showcase the contrapuntal technique with which he would become so intimately linked, demonstrating the techniques that Purcell detailed in John Playford's The Introduction to the Skill of Musick of 1694. The act of pushing the boundaries of composition here is in stark contrast to the Fantasias, which resurrected a
Read more form that had been long since forgotten. The use of the viol -- rather than its more modern counterpart, the violin -- is also a curious choice, but this series of works may in fact be the last written for viol consort. Among them in this special collection is the magnificent 'Golden Sonata' as well as the 'One Note Fantasia', in which the tenor viol plays a sustained middle C for the entire piece, perhaps showing Purcell's impish sense of humour, with the part being intended for a particularly unskilled player.

The works are performed by Musica Amphion, a group dedicated to performing works of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. The ensemble was formed in 1993 by harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder and the leader is violinist Rémy Baude, who is also concertmaster of Frans Brüggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

Other information:
- Recorded in The Netherlands: 2006 (Hervormde Kerk, Rhoon) & June 2007 (Doopsgezinde Kerk Deventer)
- Featuring the famous Fantasias and the Sonatas in 4 Parts, music of immense contrapuntal skill and deep emotion, drawing unheard-of sounds from the ensemble, harmonies of poignant beauty and melancholy.
- Excellent performances by the Dutch Early Music group Musica Amphion, under the supervision of Pieter-Jan Belder, which received 5-star reviews in several international classical magazines.
- Contains extensive liner notes on the composer and works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio Sonatas (12) for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo, Z 790-801 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
2. Sonatas (10) in 4 parts, Z 802-811 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
3. Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
4. Fantasia in Nomine a 7 in G minor, Z 747 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
5. Fantasia in Nomine a 6 in G minor, Z 746 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
6. Fantasia for 4 Viols in G minor, Z 735 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
7. Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
8. Fantasia for 4 Viols in F major, Z 737 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
9. Fantasia for 4 Viols in E minor, Z 741 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
10. Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 743 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
11. Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
12. Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
13. Fantasia for 4 Viols in B flat major, Z 736 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
14. Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor, Z 740 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
15. Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor (incomplete), Z 744 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1683; England 
16. Fantasia for 3 Viols in G minor, Z 734 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
17. Fantasia for 3 Viols in F major, Z 733 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
18. Fantasia for 3 Viols in D minor, Z 732 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Pieter-Jan Belder (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Amphion
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 

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