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Fri, 30 Jan 2009

Purcell Sonatas

Purcell, Sonatas of 3 Parts 1683,
Pavlo Beznosiuk, Rachel Podger,
Christopher Coin, Christopher Hogwood
Editions de l'Oiseau - Lyre

Well, I thought, seeing "Editions de l'Oiseau", absolutely typical that one has to go to France to hear this sort of music by this greatest of English composers. And sonatas too. It's a bit more complicated than that though, as can be seen by reading the list of players. This CD was actually recorded in Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1994.

The Editions de l'Oiseau was founded back in 1973 with the idea of recording period music with period instruments - quite a new idea then. Subsequently, l'Oiseau was acquired by Decca, and this recording is from their archive.

These sonatas were almost a throwaway from Purcell. He wanted to make people aware of what was happening in Italy at the time and to become less enslaved of the music of France (which Charles II was very keen on). His model might have been Archangelo Corelli or possibly Vitali, Cazzati, and Colista.

It is a lovely recording and being able to hear Purcell Sonatas is somewhat of a rarity so I recommend it to you. (Baron K)

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