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Insane Harmony: English Music 1650-1700 - works by Purcell, Lawes, Tomkins, Locke, Williams / Musica Alta Ripa

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Overture and Suite for 2 violins, viola & continuo in G major, Z. 770 (inner parts incomplete)
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Fantasia-Suite no 7 for 2 violins, bass viol & continuo in D minor
>Tomkins, Thomas : Voluntary for keyboard
>Locke, Matthew : Suite, for consort no 4 in E minor
>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
>Tomkins, Thomas : Voluntary for keyboard in A minor
>Locke, Matthew : Suite, for 3-part consort & continuo no 3 in D minor (Little Consort no 3)
>s, William : Trio Sonata for 2 recorders & continuo in A minor , Op. 1/4
>Purcell, Henry : Pavan for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in G minor, Z 752
>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Great Britain's island status has often been evoked to explain many a peculiarity of its residents. What later became proverbial as "splendid isolation" in the diplomatic arena has deep cultural roots. The members of Musica Alta Ripa, specialists for the special in early music, have explored the period between 1650 and 1700 and discovered plenty of individual gems. Insane Harmony now reveals this treasure trove to the rest of the world!

The astonishing result: while the Italians and French were competing for musical primacy everywhere on in Europe, a very characteristically British tonal idiom reigned supreme during this short period of history before foreign influences increased in importance. A certain conservative obstinacy also explains the continuing popularity of "Divisions on a Ground" during this time; elsewhere these variations on an ostinato bass had long fallen out of fashion.

Musica Alta Ripa's espousal of an epoch that so far has not received much attention turns out to be a genuine instance of good fortune. With their special feel for the peculiar resonances of English music, these baroque specialists present a royal audio feast.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016).



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>Purcell, Henry : Overture and Suite for 2 violins, viola & continuo in G major, Z. 770 (inner parts incomplete)
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Ulla Bundies (Violin); Friederike Kremers (Viola); Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord); Anne Rohrig (Violin); Danya Segal (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Fantasia-Suite no 7 for 2 violins, bass viol & continuo in D minor
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Ulla Bundies (Violin); Bernward Lohr (Organ); Anne Rohrig (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Voluntary for keyboard
  • Performer: Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1645

>Locke, Matthew : Suite, for consort no 4 in E minor
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Bernward Lohr (Organ); Danya Segal (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Purcell, Henry : Fantasia upon a ground, for 3 violins (or recorders) & continuo in D major/F major, Z. 731
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Ulla Bundies (Violin); Friederike Kremers (Violin); Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord); Anne Rohrig (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Tomkins, Thomas : Voluntary for keyboard in A minor
  • Performer: Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Locke, Matthew : Suite, for 3-part consort & continuo no 3 in D minor (Little Consort no 3)
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Ulla Bundies (Violin); Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord); Anne Rohrig (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1651

>s, William : Trio Sonata for 2 recorders & continuo in A minor , Op. 1/4
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord); Anne Rohrig (Violin); Danya Segal (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Purcell, Henry : Pavan for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in G minor, Z 752
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Ulla Bundies (Violin); Friederike Kremers (Violin); Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord); Anne Rohrig (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1680

>Purcell, Henry : Chacony for Strings in G minor, Z 730
  • Performers: Albert Bruggen (Cello); Ulla Bundies (Violin); Friederike Kremers (Violin); Bernward Lohr (Harpsichord); Anne Rohrig (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa
  • Notes: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (01/29/2016-01/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1678