Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Purcell - Ten Sonatas In Four Parts - Retrospect Trio

Rating: 5/5

An excellent recording

This is an excellent disc of some of Purcell's finest chamber music.  There are already several very fine recordings of these sonatas (including a recent disc by The King's Consort, which is quite outstanding) but this stands very well with them.

The music itself is wonderful: intricate, intimate and extraordinarily evocative much of the time, it is a fine example of why Purcell is still regarded as a genuinely innovative genius.  The Retrospect Trio do it full justice, I think. They are technically superb, with a remarkable precision and a palpable rapport between them which allows this fine music to shine.  The balance between the instruments is very well done, and I think it's an exemplary chamber performance.

The recorded sound, as one would expect from Linn, is excellent.  The notes are full and very interesting and the presentation is extremely attractive.  It's a  really good disc all round, and warmly recommended.

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