Henry Purcell - Fantasies & Dances Anno Dom. 1680

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Henry Purcell (1659-1695) - composer of two worlds
Fantasies & Dances Anno Dom. 1680
Cologne Consort of Viols (Kölner Violen Consort)

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"The Work of Henry Purcell Anno Dom. 1680."
If one must place Henry Purcell (1659-1695) in the context of the musical development of his country, then he must be seen as beeing at the close of the "Golden Age" and at the beginning of the transition towards firstly the French and, subsequently, the Italian style in England. All the works on this CD are taken from an autograph collection in the British Museum - "The Work of Henry Purcell Anno Dom. 1680." These fantasies of the young Purcell achieved a far higher Standard than his "modern" predecessors did - William Lawes, John Jenkins or Matthew Locke.     

Cologne Consort of Viols (Kölner Violen-Consort)
Four musicians joined together to form a quartet and have been celebrating the best in music ever since. Although complicated and harmonically intricate, the four confessed professionals nevertheless perform the very newest and of course the "old music" gallantly and at the same time with a high degree of virtuosity. The quartett's official debut was in summer 1970. The musicians process a high treasure of musical abilities wich unfold uniquely in this Consort line-up. The KÖLNER VIOLEN-CONSORT thrills it's audients with playful ease on original instruments in concerts and publishes recordings. The musicians thereby transform the musical literature of the Rennaissance and the Baroque era into pure musical enjoyment.

Heiner Spicker · Eva Heydasch · Marieluise Becker · Lutz Heiwolt ·
with Sabine Froesch · Brigitte Gerling-Halbach · Peter Wendland · Ulrike von Weiß


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