Sixth release on the VIVAT label features Henry Purcell’s brilliant yet melancholic “Ten Sonatas in Four Parts”.
The King’s Consort holds a worldwide reputation as leading performers of Purcell. This new release adds to TKC’s 25 recordings of the composer’s music, which have won numerous international awards and been central in restoring Purcell’s music to prominence.
The international performer line-up includes Italian-Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini, Gramophone award-winning German viol player Susanne Heinrich, Welsh violinist Huw Daniel, and English organist Robert King and theorbo player Lynda Sayce.
Purcell’s extraordinarily inventive, highly individual music combines Italian vigour, French elegance and delicious English melancholy with harmonic daring, extraordinary contrapuntal technique and unique melodic inventiveness.
Recorded in the well-nigh perfect acoustic of The Menuhin Hall, Surrey.
Extensive presentation includes 44 page booklet with authoritative liner note in three languages by renowned Purcell expert and biographer Robert King, session photographs and reproductions from the 1697 first edition.
“He's ingeniously rethought Mrs Purcell's arbitrary ordering, and ends with the magnificent chaconne-driven G minor Sonata Z807, using the so-called 'Golden Sonata' as a central pivot with sonatas in rising fourths before it, and descending thirds after. It's a cogent call, creating a satisfying set.” BBC Music Magazine
“The recording...has crisp clarity of detail, and these performances have direct impact in quick music...yet frequently the defining characteristic of these compelling performances is when Heinrich's viol and the continuo group reach down towards their lowest bass notes.” Gramophone
“Cecilia Bernardini and Huw Daniel dazzle with glittering virtuosity in the mighty Chaconne which constitutes the G minor Sonata, Z807 and ooze pathos in the gracefully agonized dissonances of the opening Adagio from the D minor Sonata, Z805.” Int. Record Review
Purcell, Henry: Ten Sonatas in four parts (1697)