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The Three & Four Part Fantazias

The Royal Consort

The Three & Four Part Fantazias

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525513204
Catnr: GLO 5132
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Globe
UPC
8711525513204
Catalogue number
GLO 5132
Release date
19 August 2002
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Purcells conclusie tot de traditie van Engelse gambafantasia’s
Henry Purcells Fantazias voor gamba consort zijn de laatste werken die binnen de grote traditie van gambafantasia’s in Engeland gecomponeerd zijn. Ze vormen een passende conclusie tot het genre, dat ruim honderd jaar eerder geïntroduceerd werd in Engeland door Alfonso Ferrabosco.

In 1995 herdacht de muzikale wereld de 300e sterfdag van Purcell, en het leek gepast om een opname van deze voortreffelijke werken uitgevoerd op authentieke instrumenten ter gelegenheid van deze herdenking uit te brengen. Naast deze geweldige en onvergelijkbare Fantazias bevat het album een Suite van Purcells docent John Jenkins, ook voor gamba consort.

The Royal Consort werd in 1985 opgericht, en bestond uit vier gambisten die onder Wieland Kuijken aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag studeerden. Het ensemble specialiseerde zich in consortmuziek uit de 16e en 17e eeuw, met nadruk op het uitgebreide Engelse repertoire, uitgevoerd op authentieke instrumenten. Ze werkten regelmatig samen met vermaarde vocale solisten als David Cordiert, Kai Wessel, Monika Frimmer en Peter Kooij. Het ensemble is inmiddels opgeheven.

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Henry Purcell

Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary.  Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: 'Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.' More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which...
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Westminster Abbey is not just the place where British monarchs were crowned, it's also the place where many English great men were burried. Among those was also Henry Purcell. This final resting place had a double meaning for him: firstly, with his status as a composer he deserved a spot in the abbey, but secondly this was also the location where he worked during the reign of Charles II and William & Mary. Most people will recognise the last aria of Purcell's beloved opera Dido and Aeneas: "Remember me, but ah! forget my fate." More abstract, but less trenchant are his brilliant Fantasias (for viola da gamba) which Purcell composed in the early 1680s. These are small, at times daringly expirimental works, which he carefully dated. Yet, Purcell mostly developed himself as a composer of vocal music, with numerous odes, 'welcome songs', motets (anthems), songs for domestic use (both sacred and secular, both monophonic and polyphonic) and music for theatre.


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