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Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts / Retrospect Trio

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  1. Purcell — Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Purcell — Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: II. Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Purcell — Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Purcell — Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Z. 802: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Purcell — Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Purcell — Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: II. Canzona. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Purcell — Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Purcell — Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Purcell — Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Z. 803: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Purcell — Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: I. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Purcell — Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: II. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Purcell — Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Purcell — Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: IV. Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Purcell — Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Z. 804: V. (Allegro) - Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Purcell — Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Purcell — Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: II. Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Purcell — Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Purcell — Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Purcell — Sonata No. 4 in D Minor, Z. 805: V. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: II. Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: IV. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: V. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: VI. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Purcell — Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, Z. 806: VII. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Purcell — Sonata No. 6 in G Minor, Z. 807 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Purcell — Sonata No. 7 in C Major, Z. 808: I. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Purcell — Sonata No. 7 in C Major, Z. 808: II. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Purcell — Sonata No. 7 in C Major, Z. 808: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Purcell — Sonata No. 7 in C Major, Z. 808: IV. Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Purcell — Sonata No. 7 in C Major, Z. 808: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Purcell — Sonata No. 7 in C Major, Z. 808: VI. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Purcell — Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Purcell — Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: II. Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Purcell — Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Purcell — Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Purcell — Sonata No. 8 in G Minor, Z. 809: V. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Purcell — Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: I. — $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Purcell — Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Purcell — Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: III. Canzona. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Purcell — Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: IV. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Purcell — Sonata No. 9 in F Major, Z. 810: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Purcell — Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Purcell — Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: II. Canzona. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Purcell — Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Purcell — Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Purcell — Sonata No. 10 in D Major, Z. 811: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 1 in B minor, Z. 802
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 2 in E flat major, Z. 803
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 3 in A minor, Z. 804
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 4 in D minor, Z. 805
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 5 in G minor, Z. 806
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for 2 violins, bass viol & continuo no 6 in G minor, Z. 807
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 7 in C major, Z. 808
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 8 in G minor, Z. 809
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 9 ("The Golden Sonata") in F major, Z. 8
>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 10 in D major, Z. 811
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Notes & Reviews:

Released to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell this is the recording debut of Retrospect Trio, a group formed under the umbrella of the larger Retrospect brand (formerly known as The King's Consort). Originally released in 2009, 'Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts' has been re-issued as part of Linn's ECHO series which offers a second chance to enjoy the best of the label's award-winning catalogue. This recording explores the timeless beauty of Purcell's first set of sonatas including the magnificent Sonata IX, known as 'The Golden Sonata'. The Ten Sonatas in Four Parts (published after Purcell's death in 1697) provide a fascinating insight into the cosmopolitan and often conflicting stylistic tastes of English musicians in the latter part of the seventeenth century. Purcell blends the significant French, Italian and English influences including unique use of counterpoint, unusual and exotic dissonances and strikingly abrupt melodic changes of direction. The name Retrospect Trio acknowledges the common practice of not recognizing the continuo presence in either the title of the pieces or the performing group. The four members of the group, Sophie Gent (violin), Matthew Truscott (violin), Jonathan Manson (bass viol) and Matthew Halls (harpsichord / organ, are all distinguished international performers in their own right with a shared passion for historically-informed music-making. Matthew Halls was Associate Director (2005-2007) and Artistic Director (2007-2009) of The King's Consort before taking up his position as Artistic Director of Retrospect Ensemble. 'Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts' is a fitting tribute to Purcell by four superstar baroque instrumentalists and the first recording in the highly anticipated Retrospect Ensemble series.



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>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 1 in B minor, Z. 802
  • Performers: Sophie Gent (Violin); Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 2 in E flat major, Z. 803
  • Performers: Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ); Matthew Truscott (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 3 in A minor, Z. 804
  • Performers: Sophie Gent (Violin); Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 4 in D minor, Z. 805
  • Performers: Sophie Gent (Violin); Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 5 in G minor, Z. 806
  • Performers: Sophie Gent (Violin); Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for 2 violins, bass viol & continuo no 6 in G minor, Z. 807
  • Performers: Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ); Matthew Truscott (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 7 in C major, Z. 808
  • Performers: Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ); Matthew Truscott (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 8 in G minor, Z. 809
  • Performers: Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ); Matthew Truscott (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 9 ("The Golden Sonata") in F major, Z. 8
  • Performers: Sophie Gent (Violin); Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 10 in D major, Z. 811
  • Performers: Matthew Halls (Harpsichord); Matthew Halls (Organ); Matthew Truscott (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Retrospect Ensemble
  • Notes: St. Martin's Church, Newbury, Berkshire, England (06/03/2008-06/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680