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This is the Purcell Quartet’s second recording of trio music for two violins and harpsichord, or, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. The first was Op. 1, also available as a Chaconne CD recording. This joins a number of other recordings of these sonatas, but perhaps with the difference that here it has been carefully considered as to whether to use a second violin, or a viola da gamba, for the second part, instead of the ‘traditional’ choice of always using a viola da gamba. Peter Holman, in his excellent, informative and interesting CD inlay notes explains and traces the history of the various forms and developments behind the choice of instruments in this genre of instrumental music.
The Purcell Quartet have been performing and recording together for many years, and this is evident on hearing this recording; the musical interplay between the musicians is ...
Buxtehude VII Suonate, Op. 2
Instrumental music by Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637 – 1707)