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Purcell: The Complete Fantazias / Fretwork

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 3 Viols in D minor, Z 732
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 3 Viols in F major, Z 733
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 3 Viols in G minor, Z 734
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in G minor, Z 735
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in B flat major, Z 736
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in F major, Z 737
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor, Z 740
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in E minor, Z 741
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 743
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia in Nomine a 6 in G minor, Z 746
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia in Nomine a 7 in G minor, Z 747
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Notes & Reviews:

The Fantazia for consort of viols is one of the glories of English music, and this unique repertoire, spreading over nearly two centuries, represents the loftiest and most perfect kind of instrumental chamber music written in Europe before the era of the classical string quartet. In his Fantazias for viol, the young Henry Purcell put into practice all he had absorbed in the course of his technical and stylistic training. These pieces are a perfect illustration of his avowed ambition to surpass all his contemporaries. Formed in 1986, Fretwork is a consort of viols based in the United Kingdom. The group's repertoire consists primarily of music of the Renaissance period, in particular that of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary music written specially for them.

The Telegraph
The sheer technical mastery that Purcell distilled in his "fantazias" is astonishing. But these fluid, animated and emotionally acute performances from Fretwork show that his secure scholarship in the art of composition by no means curbed his caprice.

BBC Music Magazine
Nowadays, Fretwork takes a brisker view of the music though not perhaps a crisper one where matters of articulation are concerned. The playing in its new recording, with partly different personnel from the earlier one (Virgin), strikes my ears as being more fluent and expressively spontaneous.

The Times
Melancholy jostles with merriment, abruptness with eloquence; harmonies and logic go haywire..

Gramophone Magazine
Fretwork have grown in confidence and flair... In this new recording they bring a stronger sense of the linear progression of the music, helped by slightly quicker tempi. They are less introspective, more engaging: they have mellowed. Purcell's remarkable Fantazias - out of sync with their time, never widely circulated or acknowledged in his day, yet works of true genius - are definitely worth revisiting.



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>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 3 Viols in D minor, Z 732
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 3 Viols in F major, Z 733
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 3 Viols in G minor, Z 734
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in G minor, Z 735
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/10/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in B flat major, Z 736
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/11/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in F major, Z 737
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/14/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/19/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor, Z 740
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/23/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in E minor, Z 741
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 06/30/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 743
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 08/31/1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia in Nomine a 6 in G minor, Z 746
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia in Nomine a 7 in G minor, Z 747
  • Ensemble: Fretwork
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680