About the album
When Michael Nyman started reinventing the English baroque back in the 1980s, one critic described the result as “pump- action Purcell”. This recording combines these two singular musical styles through the stunning voice of countertenor Iestyn Davies and viol consort Fretwork, serving as the bridge across three centuries. The programme combines bold harmonies, wondrous inventions, and melodies that will haunt your dreams – whether from the 17th century or the 21st.
Recorded following a concert tour of the programme, the disc includes the premiere recording of a new commission from Michael Nyman, Music after a While – based upon Purcell’s song, or more particularly upon its strikingly original bass-line, with its insidious rising chromatics.
11No time in Eternity
12Balancing the Books
13From 'The Diary of Anne Frank' If
14From 'The Diary of Anne Frank' Why
15Music for a While, Z 583 No. 2
16Music after a While
17Evening Hymn, Z 193
18The Self-Laudatory Hymn of Inanna and her Omnipotence
19O Solitude, my Sweetest Choice, Z 406