A lovely disc
This is absolutely excellent. Hille Perl is a very fine gamba player who has made a lot of really good recordings (and some that I haven't liked). This is one of her best – thoughtful, superbly played and very enjoyable.
Simpson was a great English gamba player of the early 17th Century and The Seasons is his best-known work. It's easy to see why; it is varied and very involving with a fine variety of moods and some lovely melodic and harmonic invention. Perl and her ensemble play it superbly, I think, with intelligence, insight and a remarkable beauty of sound in many places – the opening movement of Spring, entitled Fan, held me absolutely spellbound by it's sheer loveliness, for example.
I have fine recordings of this work by Les Voix Humaines and by Sophie Watillon, of which this is at least the equal. It's a musically rewarding and very lovely disc – beautifully recorded by DHM. Warmly recommended.
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