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Henry Purcell
Ten Sonatas in Four Parts


Retrospect Trio
Sophie Gent violin Matthew Truscott violin
Jonathan Manson bass viol Matthew Halls harpsichord / organ

CKD332


• This release marks a new collaboration between Linn Records and Retrospect Ensemble.

Released to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of “Henry Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts”, is performed by Retrospect Trio, a group formed under the umbrella of the larger Retrospect brand.   The release date will coincide with the launch of Retrospect, formerly known as The King's Consort.

• This recording explores the timeless beauty of Purcell's first set of sonatas including the magnificent Sonata IX, known as 'The Golden Sonata'.

• 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.

• The name Retrospect Trio acknowledges the common practice of not recognising the continuo presence in either the title of the pieces or the performing group.

• The four members of the group, Sophie Gent (violin), Matthew Truscott (violin), Jonathan Manson (bass viol) and Matthew Halls (harpsichord / organ, are all distinguished international performers in their own right with a shared passion for historically-informed music-making.

• Matthew Halls was Associate Director (2005-2007) and Artistic Director (2007-2009) of The King's Consort before taking up his position as Artistic Director of Retrospect Ensemble.

“Henry 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.
Sonata I in B minor
  1.    I Adagio     0.48
  2.   II Canzona     1.20
  3.  III Largo     2.11
  4. IV Vivace     2.02

Sonata II in E-flat major
  5.    I Adagio     1.26
  6.   II Canzona: Allegro     2.07
  7.  III Adagio     1.38
  8. IV Largo     1.00
  9.  V Allegro     1.07

Sonata III in A minor
10.    I Grave     1.28
11.   II Largo     1.31
12.  III Adagio     1.18
13. IV Canzona     1.20
14.  V [Allegro] Grave     1.33

Sonata IV in D minor
15.    I Adagio     2.09
16.   II Canzona     1.26
17.  III Adagio     0.51
18. IV Vivace     1.51
19.  V Largo     2.00

Sonata V in G minor
20.    I [...]     1.45
21.   II Canzona     7.05
22.  III Largo     2.43
23. IV Adagio     0.44
24.  V Presto     0.16
25. VI Allegro     1.29
26. VII Adagio     0.33

Sonata VI in G minor
27.    I Adagio     7.11
Sonata VII in C major
28.    I Vivace     1.03
29.   II Largo     1.09
30.  III Grave     0.37
31. IV Canzona     1.29
32.  V Allegro     1.36
33. VI Adagio     0.53

Sonata VIII in G minor
34.    I Adagio     1.49
35.   II Canzona     1.22
36.  III Grave     0.38
37. IV Largo     3.16
38.  V Vivace     0.34

Sonata IX in F major
39.    I [...]     1.03
40.   II Adagio     1.19
41.  III Canzona: Allegro     1.50
42. IV Grave     1.15
43.  V Allegro     1.22

Sonata X in D major
44.    I Adagio     l.17
45.   II Canzona: Allegro     1.32
46.  III Grave     1.19
47. IV Largo     0.50
48.  V Allegro     0.56

TOTAL TIME;73.16

Sophie Gent
Violin 1; Sonatas 1,3,4,5 & 9
Matthew Truscott
Violin 1: Sonatas 2,6,7,8 & 10



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