Purcell: Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts - MusicWeb International
01 October 2011MusicWeb International
Retrospect Ensemble have already recorded Purcell's Sonatas
in Four Parts (Linn CKD332 - see June 2009 Roundup).
Now they complete the set with the three-part works, in which
they are just as recommendable if not even more so. With good
recording and all twelve works complete on one CD, this is a
serious rival to the Chandos recording from the eponymous Purcell
Quartet, now available only as a download from theclassicalshop.net.
The 3- and 4-part Sonnatas (Purcell's spelling) are available
on a 2-disc set, complete with the 3-part Pavans (CHAN0572)
or, less generously, on three separate albums (CHAN8591, 8663,
In just one respect, namely the artwork, the Chandos recordings
are preferable. I do hope that the failure of the Chandos CDs
to sell doesn't mean that the Linn recordings will meet
the same fate: this is fine music, though I wouldn't recommend
sitting through both discs in one go. The new recording is very
good, especially in lossless sound, though there were some very
minor hiatuses where the music is continuous between tracks,
even using the Winamp player which usually smoothes these over.
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