Purcell: Complete Music for Strings

Purcell: Complete Music for Strings
Composer Henry Purcell
Artist Musica Amphion
Pieter-Jan Belder conductor
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94619
EAN code 5028421946191
Release June 2013

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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 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.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Z. 790: (Adagio)
  2. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Z. 790: Vivace
  3. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Z. 790: Adagio, presto
  4. Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, Z. 790: Largo
  5. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Z. 791: Adagio
  6. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Z. 791: Largo, presto
  7. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Z. 791: Adagio
  8. Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Z. 791: Allegro
  9. Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Z. 792: (Grave), adagio
  10. Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Z. 792: Canzona
  11. Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Z. 792: Poco largo, allegro
  12. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Z. 793: (Adagio)
  13. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Z. 793: Canzona
  14. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Z. 793: Poco largo
  15. Sonata No. 4 in F Major, Z. 793: Allegro
  16. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor, Z. 794: (Canzona)
  17. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor, Z. 794: Adagio
  18. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor, Z. 794: Largo
  19. Sonata No. 5 in A Minor, Z. 794: Grave, canzona
  20. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Z. 795: (Adagio)
  21. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Z. 795: Canzona
  22. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Z. 795: Largo
  23. Sonata No. 6 in C Major, Z. 795: Allegro
  24. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 796: (Adagio)
  25. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 796: Canzona
  26. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 796: Largo
  27. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 796: Grave
  28. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 796: Vivace
  29. Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Z. 797: (Canzona)
  30. Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Z. 797: Poco largo, allegro
  31. Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Z. 797: Grave, vivace
  32. Sonata No. 9 in C Minor, Z. 798: (Adagio)
  33. Sonata No. 9 in C Minor, Z. 798: Largo
  34. Sonata No. 9 in C Minor, Z. 798: Canzona, adagio
  35. Sonata No. 9 in C Minor, Z. 798: Allegro
  36. Sonata No. 10 in A Major, Z. 799: (Adagio)
  37. Sonata No. 10 in A Major, Z. 799: Largo
  38. Sonata No. 10 in A Major, Z. 799: Grave, presto
  39. Sonate No. 11 in F Minor, Z. 800: (Adagio)
  40. Sonate No. 11 in F Minor, Z. 800: Canzona
  41. Sonate No. 11 in F Minor, Z. 800: Adagio
  42. Sonate No. 11 in F Minor, Z. 800: Largo
  43. Sonata No. 12 in D Major, Z. 801: Adagio
  44. Sonata No. 12 in D Major, Z. 801: Canzona
  45. Sonata No. 12 in D Major, Z. 801: Poco largo
  46. Sonata No. 12 in D Major, Z. 801: Grave, presto
  47. Sonata No. 12 in D Major, Z. 801: Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: Adagio, canzona (allegro)
  2. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: Largo
  3. Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: Vivace
  4. Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: Adagio
  5. Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: Canzona (allegro)
  6. Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: Adagio
  7. Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: Largo, allegro
  8. Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: Grave
  9. Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: Largo
  10. Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: Adagio
  11. Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: Allegro
  12. Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: Adagio
  13. Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: Canzona
  14. Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: Adagio
  15. Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: Vivace
  16. Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: Largo
  17. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: Adagio
  18. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: Canzona
  19. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: Largo
  20. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: Adagio
  21. Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: Presto, allegro, adagio
  22. Sonata No. 6 in G Minor (Chaconne), Z. 807: Adagio
  23. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 808: Vivace
  24. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 808: Largo
  25. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 808: Grave, canzona
  26. Sonata No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 808: Allegro
  27. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: Adagio
  28. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: Canzona
  29. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: Grave
  30. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: Largo
  31. Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: Vivace
  32. Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: Vivace
  33. Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: Adagio
  34. Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: Canzona
  35. Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: Grave
  36. Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: Allegro
  37. Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: Adagio
  38. Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: Canzona (allegro)
  39. Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: Grave
  40. Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: Largo
  41. Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Fantasia No. 1 a 3 in D Minor, Z. 732
  2. Fantasia No. 2 a 3 in F Major, Z. 733
  3. Fantasia No. 3 a 3 in G Minor, Z. 734
  4. Fantasia No. 4 a 4 in G Minor, Z. 735
  5. Fantasia No. 5 a 4 in B-Flat Major, Z. 736
  6. Fantasia No. 6 a 4 in F Major, Z. 737
  7. Fantasia No. 7 a 4 in C Minor, Z. 738
  8. Fantasia No. 8 a 4 in D Minor, Z. 739
  9. Fantasia No. 9 a 4 in A Minor, Z. 740
  10. Fantasia No. 10 a 4 in E Minor, Z. 741
  11. Fantasia No. 11 a 4 in G Major, Z. 742
  12. Fantasia No. 12 a 4 in D Minor, Z. 743
  13. Fantasia No. 13 a 4 in A Minor, Z. 744
  14. Fantasia upon One Note a 5, Z. 745
  15. In Nomine a 6, Z. 746
  16. In Nomine a 7, Z. 747