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Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts - The Observer


08 June 2009
The Observer
Nicholas Kenyon

Now early music is among the most forward-looking parts or our musical life, Retrospect seems an unfortunate name for a new group. No matter; this first release is superb, with distinctive tuning and very sharp edges bringing excitement to some of the finest sonatas of the era. The influences on Purcell's style from Europe are always evident, but there's something utterly English about the result. The interplay of violinists Sophie Gent and Matthew Truscott captures Purcell's intricacy, and the shorter movements pass as if in a single breath.
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