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Purcell: Ten Sonatas in Four Parts / The King's Consort

Audio Samples

  1. Purcell — Sonata in A Minor, Z. 804: I. Grave - Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Purcell — Sonata in A Minor, Z. 804: II. Adagio - Canzona - Vivace - Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Purcell — Sonata in D Minor, Z. 805: I. Adagio - Canzona - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Purcell — Sonata in D Minor, Z. 805: II. Vivace - Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Purcell — Sonata in G Minor, Z. 806: I. (Andante) - Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Purcell — Sonata in G Minor, Z. 806: II. Largo - Adagio - Presto - Allegro - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Purcell — Sonata in C Major, Z. 808: I. Vivace - Largo - Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Purcell — Sonata in C Major, Z. 808: II. Canzona - Allegro - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Purcell — Sonata in F Major, Z. 810: I. (Allegro) - Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Purcell — Sonata in F Major, Z. 810: II. Canzona - Grave - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Purcell — Sonata in D Major, Z. 811: I. Adagio - Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Purcell — Sonata in D Major, Z. 811: II. Grave - Largo - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Purcell — Sonata in B Minor, Z. 802: I. Adagio - Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Purcell — Sonata in B Minor, Z. 802: II. Largo - Vivace - Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Purcell — Sonata in G Minor, Z. 809: I. Adagio - Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Purcell — Sonata in G Minor, Z. 809: II. Grave - Largo - Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Purcell — Sonata in E flat Major, Z. 803: I. Adagio - Canzona $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Purcell — Sonata in E flat Major, Z. 803: II. Grave - Largo - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Purcell — Sonata in G Minor, Z. 807: Adagio $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>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 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 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
>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 8 in G minor, Z. 809
>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 2 violins, bass viol & continuo no 6 in G minor, Z. 807
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The King's Consort (TKC) return on disc to music by Henry Purcell, the composer whom they have championed, across the world, for three decades! At the heart of their advocacy has been the creation of 24 recordings of his music, including three major recording series, which have won numerous international awards. TKC's compelling performances of Purcell have played a central role in restoring the great English composer's music to international prominence.

TKC's 25th recording of Purcell presents his extraordinarily inventive, highly individual set of ten "Sonatas in four parts", published by Purcell's widow shortly after the composer's untimely death. These magnificent works combine Italian vigor, French elegance and English melancholy with harmonic daring, extraordinary ineradicable vein of melancholy which, deliciously, dominates.

TKC's international performer line-up includes Italian-Dutch violinist Cecilia Bernardini, Gramophone award-winning German viol player Susanne Heinrich, Welsh violinist Huw Daniel, English organist Robert King and theorbo player Lynda Sayce.

The disc was recorded in October 2013 in the unsurpassed acoustic of The Menuhin Hall, bringing depth and great clarity to the sound. The CD presentation includes a 44 page booklet with an authoritative liner note by Purcell expert and biographer Robert King, full page photographs from the sessions and reproductions from the original 1697 print.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The notes by Robert King are very fine, offering historical background on these pieces and a short commentary on each. The performance here is very polished, nuanced, graceful, and delicate. The ensemble is small, with just five musicians and instruments; but the sound is warm, and the chamber organ as continuo lends richness and warmth to the two violins, bass viol, and theorbo. These sonatas have been recorded a number of times. The current recording is apparently the sixth in Robert King's new record label, Vivat; all have garnered rave reviews. This one is no exception.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013).



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Works Details

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 3 in A minor, Z. 804
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Sonata in 4 parts for two violins, bass viol & continuo no 1 in B minor, Z. 802
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 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
  • Ensemble: The King's Consort
  • Notes: The Menuhin Hall, Surrey (10/27/2013-10/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680