Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines

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Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines



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2nd Oct 2015




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Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines


Fantazia 1 in D minor, Z. 732

Fantazia 2 in F major, Z, 733

Fantazia 3 in G minor, Z. 734

Fantazia 4 in G minor, Z. 735

Fantazia 5 in B flat major, Z. 736

Fantazia 6 in F major, Z. 737

Fantazia 7 in C minor, Z. 738

Fantazia 8 in D minor, Z. 739

Fantazia 9 in A minor, Z. 740

Fantazia 10 in E minor, Z. 741

Fantazia 11 in G major, Z. 742

Fantazia 12 in D minor, Z. 743

Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745

Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z746

Seven-Part In Nomine, Z. 747, "Dorian"

Unfinished Fantazia a 4

Ensemble Sit Fast (viol consort)

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is perhaps in these Fantasias for viols Purcell's music is revealed in its most intimate expression. A real peak of polyphony, which only the 'Musical Offering' and the 'Art of Fugue' by JS Bach deserve to be compared. This whole incredible thing, is the work of a young man of 21 years, on the edge of his only too brief but meteoric career. Sit Fast is incomparable in this music: all muted colors and arranged with admirable subtlety.

Henry Purcell: Unfinished Fantazia a 4

Unfinished Fantazia a 4

Henry Purcell: Fantazia I, Z. 732

Fantazia I, Z. 732

Henry Purcell: Fantazia II, Z. 733

Fantazia II, Z. 733

Henry Purcell: Fantazia III, Z. 734

Fantazia III, Z. 734

Henry Purcell: Fantazia IV, Z. 735

Fantazia IV, Z. 735

Henry Purcell: Fantazia V, Z. 736

Fantazia V, Z. 736

Henry Purcell: Fantazia VI, Z. 737

Fantazia VI, Z. 737

Henry Purcell: Fantazia VII, Z. 738

Fantazia VII, Z. 738

Henry Purcell: Fantazia VIII, Z. 739

Fantazia VIII, Z. 739

Henry Purcell: Fantazia IX, Z. 740

Fantazia IX, Z. 740

Henry Purcell: Fantazia X, Z. 741

Fantazia X, Z. 741

Henry Purcell: Fantazia XI, Z. 742

Fantazia XI, Z. 742

Henry Purcell: Fantazia XII, Z. 743

Fantazia XII, Z. 743

Henry Purcell: Fantazia upon one note, Z. 745

Fantazia upon one note, Z. 745

Henry Purcell: In Nomine I for six parts, Z. 746

In Nomine I for six parts, Z. 746

Henry Purcell: In Nomine II for seven parts, Z. 747

In Nomine II for seven parts, Z. 747

CD Review

14th November 2015

“I really enjoyed this … [Ensemble Sit Fast] have a lovely feel for the rhythm of Purcell’s harmonies.”

The Guardian

25th October 2015


“These short, dense pieces have a mesmerising purity, squeezing dissonances with ghostly quietude...The French ensemble Sit Fast has already recorded Bach’s Art of Fugue. This is a natural next step, if backwards in chronology, played with elegance and precision.”

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