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Henry Purcell:
Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts


Retrospect Trio

CKD374

    “Retrospect's Purcell makes a release of the three-part sonatas a mouthwatering matter of urgency.” BBC Music Magazine

    “Ripe emotional tension … impeccable technique.” Gramophone

    “The playing is immaculate…” The Sunday Times

• The four Baroque instrumentalist super stars are reunited in 'Henry Purcell: Twelve Sonatas in Three Parts'.

• Recorded at St George's, Chesterton, the recording beautifully captures the timeless beauty of Purcell's most highly regarded instrumental works.

• The group's debut recording, released to celebrate the 350th birthday of Henry Purcell, was selected as a finalist in the Baroque Instrumental category at the 2009 Gramophone Awards, was named Gramophone Editor's Choice and the recording was also included in the prestigious Top 100 Albums of 2009 in The Sunday Times, a list that covers all genres from rock and pop, to jazz and classical.

• Purcell's sonatas display the composer's innate ability at blending influences from French, Italian and English music; exotic dissonances can be heard alongside the unique use of counterpoint to create these exceptional works.

• Retrospect Trio consists of musicians of international repute brought together by their shared passion for historically-informed music-making.   Sophie Gent (violin), Matthew Truscott (violin) and Jonathan Manson (bass viol) are joined by Retrospect Ensemble's Artistic Director, Matthew Halls (harpsichord / organ), for this recording.

• Founded by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Trio is formed under the umbrella of the larger Retrospect brand in order to focus specifically on the rich and varied trio sonata repertoire of the 17th and 18th century.

Sophie Gent Violin (violin 1. Sonatas 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 & 11)
Matthew Truscott Violin (violin 1. Sonatas 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 12)
Jonathan Manson Bass Viol
Matthew Halls Harpsichord/Organ
Sonata I in G minor, Z.790
  1.   I. [...]     1.18
  2.  II. Vivace     1.02
  3. III. Adagio     0.59
  4. IV. Presto     1.19
  5.  V. Largo     1.51

Sonata 11 in Bb Major, Z.791
  6.   I. [...]     1.25
  7.  II. Largo     0.35
  8. III. Presto     0.42
  9. IV. Adagio     0.58
10.  V. Vivace     0.54
11. VI. Allegro     1.20

Sonata III in D minor, Z.791
12.   I. [...]     0.58
13.  II. Adagio     0.41
14. III. Canzona     7.05
15. IV. Adagio     0.31
16.  V. Poco largo     0.50
17. VI. Allegro     1.45

Sonata IV in F Major, Z.793
18.   I. [...]     1.25
19.  II. Canzona     1.25
20. III. Poco largo     0.51
21. IV. Allegro     1.54
Sonata V in A minor, Z.794
22.   I. [...]     1.06
23.  II. Adagio     1.39
24. III. Largo     1.30
25. IV. Grave     0.52
26.  V. Canzona     0.43
27. VI. Adagio     0.20

Sonata VI in C Major, Z.795
28.   I. [...]     2.35
29.  II. Canzona     1.45
30. III. Largo     1.56
31. IV. Allegro     0.38

Sonata VII in E minor, Z.796
32.   I. [...]     1.37
33.  II. Canzona     1.39
34. III. Largo     1.25
35. IV. Grave     1.04
36.  V. Vivace     0.55
37. VI. Adagio     0.47

Sonata VIII in G Major, 2.797
38.   I. [...]     1.74
39.  II. Poco largo     0.50
40. III. Allegro     1.30
41. IV. Grave     0.46
42.  V. Vivace     0.58
Sonata IX m C minor, 2.798
43.   I. [...]     1.45
44.  II. Largo     1.25
45. III. Canzona     1.25
46. IV. Adagio     1.14
47.  V. Allegro     1.58

Sonata X in A Major, 2.799
48.   I. [...]     1.00
49.  II. Largo     1.37
50. III. Grave     0.43
51. IV. Presto     1.13

Sonata XI in F minor, Z.800
52.   I. [...]     1.40
53.  II. Canzona     l.l2
54. III. Adagio     1.26
55. IV. Largo     1.34

Sonata XII in D Major, 2.801
56.   I. [...]     0.56
57.  II. Canzona     1.04
58. III. Poco largo     0.58
59. IV. Grave     0.36
60.  V. Presto     0.52
61. VI Allegro     1.14

TOTAL TIME; 74.45



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