About the album
This CD is the first recording ever devoted entirely to Anthony Poole’s works. Accordingly we have aimed to present as wide as possible a cross-section of his work. However, his musical output probably included a large number of improvisations. Fortunately for us, some of them were judged worthy of being written down. As a result, at least some traces survive of what must have been a virtuoso art of improvisation.
In addition there exists a repertoire of dance suites in the French style for the viol. Poole composed in both styles, as well as using the viol in ensemble pieces, such as the Sonata a 3 that opens this CD, in which the influence of the Austro-Italian stylus phantasticus is clearly recognisable.
English divisions, French dance music, Italian stylistic traits: Anthony Poole’s compositions also reflect his life story, and in this sense his music can be described as Flemish, since it is clearly situated at that crossroads of cultural influences where North and South, Protestant and Catholic met.
11Sonata a 3, PW100
12St Justinas, PW7a
13Division Ayr I, PW101
14Division Ayr III, PW103
15Division to a Ground, PW27
16Division Ayr IV, PW104
17Division Ayr V, PW105
18Division Ayr VI, PW106
110A Second Division upon a Ground Basse by Mr Anthony Poole, PW37
111Suite in e minor Praeludium & Aria, PW29 & PW30
112Suite in e minor Courante, PW31
113Suite in e minor Saraband, PW32
114Suite in e minor Alman, PW33
115A Division upon a Ground Basse by Mr Anthony Poole, PW28