The first recording with this new super-group marks the 350th birthday of Henry Purcell. This recording explores the timeless beauty of Purcell's ten sonatas including the magnificent Sonata IX, known as 'The Golden Sonata'.
Originally released in 2009, Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue.
'Baroque Instrumental' category finalist
2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards
Classical CD of the Week: ‘The playing is immaculate...' The Sunday Times
‘Retrospect play these richly rewarding works with precision, verve and perfect sensibility.' International Record Review
‘The interplay of violinists Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott captures Purcell's intricacy, and the shorter movements pass as if in a single breath.' The Observer
The Ten Sonatas in Four Parts (published after Purcell's death in 1697) provide a fascinating insight into the cosmopolitan and often conflicting stylistic tastes of English musicians in the latter part of the seventeenth century. Purcell blends the significant French, Italian and English influences including unique use of counterpoint, unusual and exotic dissonances and strikingly abrupt melodic changes of direction. Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts is a fitting tribute to Purcell by four superstar Baroque instrumentalists and the first recording in the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series.
View the booklet in full here.
Recorded at St Martin’s Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, UK, 3-6 June 2008
Recorded and produced by Philip Hobbs
Post-production by Julia Thomas
Keyboard technician : Edmund Pickering
Pitch: A = 415 Hz / Temperament : modified 1/5th-comma meantone
Original cover photography by John Haxby
Desgin by gmtoucari.com
Sophie Gent violin (violin 1: Sonatas 1, 3, 4, 5 & 9)
Matthew Truscott violin (violin 1: Sonatas 2, 6, 7, 8 & 10)
Jonathan Manson bass viol
Matthew Halls harpsichord & organ