Listeners will venture into unusual realms of sonic imagination by virtue of the daring experiments in melody, harmony, counterpoint, and other musical elements heard in these 16th- and 17th-century works.
Christopher Simpson: Little Consort: Suite in G minor-major
William Byrd: John come kiss me now (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
John come kiss me now (from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
Matthew Locke: For Several Friends: Suite in B flat major
Henry Purcell: Bonduca, Z. 574, "The British Heroine"
Bonduca, Z. 574, "The British Heroine": Overture
Henry Purcell: Distress'd Innocence, Z. 577
Distress'd Innocence, Z. 577: III. Slow Aire
Henry Purcell: The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611, "Good Luck at Last"
The Virtuous Wife, Z. 611, "Good Luck at Last": IV. Air
Henry Purcell: The Married Beau, Z. 603, "The Curious Impertinent"
The Married Beau, Z. 603, "The Curious Impertinent": Hornpipe on a Ground
Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z. 629
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Dance of the Chinese Man and Woman
Henry Purcell: Pavan in B flat major, Z. 750
Pavan in B flat major, Z. 750
Henry Purcell: Abdelazar, Z. 570, "The Moor's Revenge": I. Overture
Abdelazar, Z. 570, "The Moor's Revenge": VII. Hornpipe
“The performers have gone to great lengths to achieve an authentic sound. Racehl Barton Pine plays a late-Renaissance era fiddle rather than a Baroque violin...But what really seizes the ear is the unfailing grace, energy and expressivity of the three players. The music may be extravagant but the performances are well-balanced.”
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