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Musical London c. 1700: From Purcell to Handel

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  1. Romulus and Hersilia: Where art thou, God of Dreams? $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Trio Sonata in G minor: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Trio Sonata in G minor: II. Canzona: Allegro - Adagio - Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Trio Sonata in G minor: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Trio Sonata in G minor: IV. (Minuet) - $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Trio Sonata in G minor: IV. Vivace - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Creep Softly, Purling Streams $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Suite in D minor: I. Preludio: Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Suite in D minor: II. Fuga in fantasia: Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Suite in D minor: III. Grave: Adagio - Prestissino - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Suite in D minor: IV. Ground per fa la mano: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. For rural and sincerer joys: I. Overture: Grave - Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. For rural and sincerer joys: II. Recitative: For rural and sincerer joys - $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Suite in D minor: I. Overture: Slow - Brisk $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Suite in D minor: II. Minuet $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Suite in D minor: III. Almain: Slow $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Suite in D minor: IV. Corant $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Suite in D minor: V. Two in One on a Ground $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Recitative: Behold, Where Weeping Venus Stands! $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Recitative: Thus, Queen of Beauty $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Behold, where Venus weeping stands (Venus and Adonis), HWV 85 (reconstructed by P. Holman): Aria: Transporting Joy $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": I. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": II. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": IV. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Sonatas for 2 Violins in D major, Op. 3, "Smallcoal": V. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Sonata: Largo - Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Recitative: Have Mercy Upon Me, O God $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Wash me Thoroughly from my Wickedness $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Recitative: Against Thee Only have I Sinned $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Behold, I was Shapen in Iniquity $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Thou Shalt Purge me with Hyssop $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Thou Shalt Make me Hear of Joy and Gladness $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Thou Shalt Open My Lips, O Lord $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Have Mercy Upon Me, O God: Aria: Alleluia $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Draghi, Giovanni Battista : Romulus and Hersilia, for soprano, two violins, bass viol, and harpsichord
>Draghi, Giovanni Battista : Trio Sonata for 2 violins, bass viol & organ in G minor
>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
>Courteville, Ralph : Creep softly, purling streams, for soprano, 2 violins, bass viol & harpsichord
>Matteis, Nicola : Suite in D minor, Book 4, Nos. 33-36
>Croft, William : For rural and sincerer joys, symphony song for soprano, 2 violins, bass viol & harpsichord
>Weldon, John : Suite for 2 violins, bass viol & organ in D minor
>Handel, George Frideric : Venus and Adonis (Behold where weeping Venus stands), cantata for soprano, HWV 85
>Pepusch, Johann Christoph : Sonata for 2 violins, cello & harpsichord in D major ("Smallcoal")
>Haym, Nicola Francesco : Have mercy on me, O God, anthem for soprano, 2 violins, cello & organ
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Notes & Reviews:

The late seventeenth century was a period of great change in English music. This was a time when the influences of Italian music were ever-increasing. In this new release Chandos explores how the English composers Purcell, Weldon, and Croft responded to Italian music and incorporated the style into their own works. The works on this release are performed by Peter Holman's early music group The Parley of Instruments, which today is recognized as one of the leading exponents of baroque music.

"Tell me, some pitying angel" [is] prettily sung by Philippa Hyde"-Financial Times

"Hyde's exciting voice has a consistently warm, unfussy tone over a wide range. She sings without vibrato, strain on the high notes or contrived embellishments. Diction is mostly perfect...The group has the lightest touch in Pepusch's Smallcoal Sonata and a mesmeric grip on dance suites by Weldon and Matteis." -Classic FM Magazine ****

"Philippa Hyde is the well-chosen soloist...silvery-voiced, fluent, articulate, agile where necessary, vibrato-lite, she is a pleasure to hear." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010).



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Works Details

>Draghi, Giovanni Battista : Romulus and Hersilia, for soprano, two violins, bass viol, and harpsichord :: Where art thou, God of D
  • Performer: Philippa Hyde (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Written: 1682

>Draghi, Giovanni Battista : Trio Sonata for 2 violins, bass viol & organ in G minor
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.

>Purcell, Henry : Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation"
  • Performer: Philippa Hyde (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1693

>Courteville, Ralph : Creep softly, purling streams, for soprano, 2 violins, bass viol & harpsichord
  • Performer: Philippa Hyde (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1687

>Matteis, Nicola : Suite in D minor, Book 4, Nos. 33-36
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Croft, William : For rural and sincerer joys, symphony song for soprano, 2 violins, bass viol & harpsichord
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Weldon, John : Suite for 2 violins, bass viol & organ in D minor
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Handel, George Frideric : Venus and Adonis (Behold where weeping Venus stands), cantata for soprano, HWV 85
  • Performer: Philippa Hyde (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: circa 1711

>Pepusch, Johann Christoph : Sonata for 2 violins, cello & harpsichord in D major ("Smallcoal")
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Haym, Nicola Francesco : Have mercy on me, O God, anthem for soprano, 2 violins, cello & organ
  • Conductor: Peter Holman
  • Ensemble: Parley of Instruments
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/17/2010-02/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1716