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Purcell: Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts - Opus


15 May 2012
Opus
Jean-Jacques Millo

Of the 22 sonatas the British composer Henry Purcell composed, the record before us here retains only 12. These are the Sonatas in three parts dating from 1683 which were dedicated to Charles II. "Purcell's widow did publish, the same combination (but with a more independent viol part), the 10 sonatas in four parts (composed about 1680): these include the popular ‘Golden Sonata'." (Guide to Baroque Music, Fayard). Comprised of Sophie Gent on violin, Matthew Truscott also on violin, Jonathan Manson on the bass viol and Matthew Halls on harpsichord and organ, Retrospect Trio offers here a magnificent lesson on baroque poetry where each piece tackled discovers a different, interpretive light. The Sonatas unfold with fullness and open up into the most captivating musical discourse. This SACD of baroque chamber music is one of the best around.

Sur les 22 Sonates que composa le compositeur britannique Henry Purcell, l'enregistrement qui nous occupe ici n'en retient que 12. Ce sont les Sonates à trois parties datant de 1683 qui furent dédiées à Charles II. « La veuve de Purcell fit paraitre, pour la même combinaison (mais avec une partie de viole plus indépendante), les 10 Sonates à quatre parties (composées vers 1680) : elles comprennent la populaire « Golden Sonata » » (guide de la musique baroque, Fayard). Composé de Sophie Gent au violon, de Matthew Truscott au violon également, de Jonathan Manson à la basse de viole et de Matthew Halls au clavecin et à l'orgue, le Trio Retrospect offre ici une magnifique leçon de poésie baroque où chaque pièce abordée se découvre une lumière interprétative différente. Les Sonates se déroulent alors avec plénitude et s'épanouissent en un discours musical des plus envoutants. Un SACD de musique de chambre baroque de premier plan.


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