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An Excess of Pleasure - works by Uccellini, Matteis, Locke, Purcell, Geminiani, Simpson, Blow, Marini / Pamela Thorby, recorders; Rachel Podger, violin; Joanna Levine, cello; William Carter, theorbo

Album Summary

>Uccellini, Marco : Aria [quinta] sopra la Bergamasca, for 2 violins & continuo (Sonate, arie et correnti, Op.3)
>Matteis, Nicola : Aria spagnuola a due corde (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Matteis, Nicola : Diverse bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Locke, Matthew : Suite, no 3 in D minor/ major (from Compositions for Broken and Whole Consorts of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on John Come Kiss Me Now
>Blow, John : Sonata in A major for 2 violins and basso continuo
>Marini, Biagio : Sonata sopra "Fuggi dolente core", for chamber instruments & continuo
>Anonymous : Ciacona
>Geminiani, Francesco : A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick
>Matteis, Nicola : Adamento con divisione (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Matteis, Nicola : Aria (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Matteis, Nicola : Grave (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Matteis, Nicola : Ground in D, la sol re per fa la mano (from Ayres for the Violin)
>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
>Matteis, Nicola : Bizzarie all'imor Scozzeze (Ground after the Scotch Humour)
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

An Excess Of Pleasure marked the Palladian Ensemble's debut establishing them as one of the finest period ensembles around. At this point in time The Palladian Ensemble had won the Early Music Centre International Young Artists' Competition, the South East Arts Young Artists' Platform and made their Wigmore Hall debut. Together Rachel Podger, Pamela Thorby, William Carter and Joanna Levine formed a quartet of the highest calibre; confirmed by the solo successes each went on to enjoy in their respective careers. Winning instant critical acclaim the recording was awarded a 1993 Diapason d'Or Award and was named a Gramophone 'Critics' Choice'. The recording is centred on seventeenth century English music and the music of the Italians who lived and worked in England or whose pieces were sold and played there at this time. The sheer variety of composers and styles together with the ability of each player to bring these dancing melodies to life makes listening to this album full of pleasure, as its title suggests. Originally released in 1993, An Excess Of Pleasure 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. In a career spanning more than fifteen years, the Palladian Ensemble was renowned on the international stage with a reputation synonymous with excellence in baroque performance. Constant critical acclaim, a reputation for stylish playing full of verve and vitality alongside a warm, spontaneous on-stage manner led this virtuoso ensemble to give numerous concert performances. The Palladian Ensemble won the prestigious Diapason d'Or Award on five occasions, (1993, 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000) and has twice had albums named Gramophone 'Critics' Choice'. Gramophone also described the Palladian Ensemble as 'one of the best chamber ensembles currently in business.'

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead (11/04/1992-11/06/1992).



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Works Details

>Uccellini, Marco : Aria [quinta] sopra la Bergamasca, for 2 violins & continuo (Sonate, arie et correnti, Op.3)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Aria spagnuola a due corde (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Diverse bizzarie Sopra la Vecchia Sarabanda o pur Ciaccona (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Locke, Matthew : Suite, no 3 in D minor/ major (from Compositions for Broken and Whole Consorts of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1672

>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on John Come Kiss Me Now
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Sonata in A major for 2 violins and basso continuo :: Slow
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Sonata in A major for 2 violins and basso continuo :: (Untitled)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Blow, John : Sonata in A major for 2 violins and basso continuo :: Brisk
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marini, Biagio : Sonata sopra "Fuggi dolente core", for chamber instruments & continuo
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Anonymous : Ciacona
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.

>Geminiani, Francesco : A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick :: Air no 1, Auld Bob Morrice
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Geminiani, Francesco : A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick :: Air no 3, Lady Ann Bothwell's Lament
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Geminiani, Francesco : A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick :: Air no 4, Sleepy Body
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1749

>Matteis, Nicola : Adamento con divisione (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Aria (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Grave (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Matteis, Nicola : Ground in D, la sol re per fa la mano (from Ayres for the Violin)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Chaconne (Two in One Upon a Ground), for 2 flutes & continuo (from "Prophetess"), Z. 627/16
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1690

>Matteis, Nicola : Bizzarie all'imor Scozzeze (Ground after the Scotch Humour)
  • Ensemble: Palladian Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque