Purcell: Twelve Sonatas of three parts (1683)

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Purcell: Twelve Sonatas of three parts (1683)



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13th Nov 2015




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Tenth release on the VIVAT label brings the latest in The King’s Consort’s acclaimed recordings of Henry Purcell’s brilliant chamber music: the Twelve Sonatas of Three Parts. Proudly published by the young composer in 1683, Purcell’s highly individual, extraordinarily inventive music combines French elegance, Italian vigour and delicious English melancholy with harmonic

daring, extraordinary contrapuntal technique, ravishing dissonances and unique melodic invention.

The King’s Consort holds a worldwide reputation as leading performers of Purcell. This new release follows the much-admired 2014 recording of the Ten Sonatas in Four Parts, and 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.

International performer line-up including Italian-Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini, Japanese viol player Reiko Ichise, Welsh violinist Huw Daniel, and English organist/harpsichordist Robert King and theorbo player Lynda Sayce.

Recorded in the glorious acoustic of St John’s Church, Loughton.

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 1683 first edition.

An informative video recorded at the sessions is on YouTube and at www.vivatmusic.com

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 1 in G Minor, Z. 790

I. Grave - Vivace - Adagio

II. Presto - Largo

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Z. 791

I. Andante - Largo - Presto

II. Adagio - Vivace - Allegro - Grave

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 3 in D Minor, Z. 792

I. Grave - Adagio - Canzona - Adagio

II. Poco largo - Allegro

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 4 in F Major, Z. 793

I. Largo - Canzona

II. Poco largo - Allegro - Largo

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 5 in A Minor, Z. 794

I. Largo - Adagio

II. Largo - Grave - Canzona - Adagio

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 6 in C Major, Z. 795

I. Grave

II. Canzona - Largo - Allegro

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 7 in E Minor, Z. 796

I. Grave - Canzona

II. Largo - Grave - Vivace - Adagio

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 8 in G Major, Z. 797

I. Largo - Poco Largo - Allegro

II. Grave - Vivace

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 9 in C Minor, Z. 798

I. Grave - Largo

II. Canzona - Adagio - Allegro

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 10 in A Major, Z. 799

I. Allegro - Largo

II. Grave - Presto

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 11 in F Minor, Z. 800

I. Grave - Canzona

II. Adagio - Largo

Henry Purcell: Sonata à 3 No. 12 in D Major, Z. 801

I. Adagio - Canzona - Poco largo

II. Grave - Presto - Allegro - Adagio

BBC Music Magazine

January 2016


“The King's Consort, whose Purcellian pedigree has been honed over a long and distinguished discography, presents informed yet instinctive performances. Purcell's expressive points are made without exaggeration, and the players steer a course through the numerous tempo changes with effortless fluidity...this is glorious music, gloriously played.”

Classical Music

January 2016


“[This] version is steelier than the Retrospect Trio’s warmer approach (Linn), while at the same time being more flexible in terms of tempi and continuo. With generous playing times and excellent sound apiece, be sure you own one or the other”

Irish Times

13th November 2015


“The boldness of the music can still take one’s breath away, and the King’s Consort really get under the skin of these sometimes highly dissonant pieces.”

Sunday Times

8th November 2015

“they retain the power to raise modern listeners’ eyebrows in delight. Robert King and co give well-shaped, sweet-sounding accounts.”

The Independent

13th November 2015

“The performances are precise and the deft negotiations are subtly shaded to bring out shifts of emotion.”

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