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Purcell: Fantazias

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  1. 9 Fantasia a 4: V. Fantazia in B flat major, Z. 736 4:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. 9 Fantasia A 4: VIII. Fantazia In D Minor, Z. 739 3:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. 9 Fantasia a 4: IV. Fantazia in G minor, Z. 735 3:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Fantasia a 5 in F major, Z. 745, "Upon 1 Note": Fantazia Upon One Note in F major, Z. 745 3:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. 9 Fantasia a 4: VII. Fantazia in C minor, Z. 738 4:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. 9 Fantasia a 4: VI. Fantazia in F major, Z. 737 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. 9 Fantasia a 4: XII. Fantazia in D minor, Z. 743 3:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Fantasia a 3 No. 1 in D minor, Z. 732: I. Fantazia No. 3 in G minor, Z. 734 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Fantasia a 3 No. 1 in D minor, Z. 732: II. Fantazia No. 2 in F major, Z. 733 3:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Fantasia a 3 No. 1 in D minor, Z. 732: III. Fantazia No. 1 in D minor, Z. 732 3:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
11. In Nomine a 6 in G minor, Z. 746 +: Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z. 746 2:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
12. 9 Fantasia a 4: IX. Fantazia in A minor, Z. 740 4:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
13. 9 Fantasia a 4: X. Fantazia in E minor, Z. 741 3:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
14. 9 Fantasia a 4: XI. Fantazia in G major, Z. 742 3:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
15. In Nomine a 7 in G minor, Z. 747, "Dorian" +: Seven-Part In Nomine, Z. 747, "Dorian" 4:07$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Rose Consort of Viols
  • Composer: Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (October 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014FS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on February 6, 2009
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Most music histories would have us believe that the genre of the 'string quartet' sprang full-grown from the forehead of Joseph Haydn, was nurtured to maturity by Wolfgang Mozart, and achieved apotheosis in the works of Beethoven and Schubert. Certainly it is possible to follow the development of the form in Haydn's works, from his earliest quartets, which are little more than violin sonatas with lower strings rather than harpsichord, to his later masterpieces, in which the four instruments function as equals.

Nevertheless the string quartet had evolved before, and reached a degree of sophistication that even Mozart never exceeded, not as a suite of movements but rather as a 'set' of fantasies to be played on the "closed consort" of violas da gamba, which were built in various sizes from the viola-sized treble to the extended cello-sized bass. Pieces for gamba consorts were composed in all the musical countries of Europe in the 16th Century. It was in England, however, where the repertoire for gambas evolved most independently and achieved the most complexity. Composers like Tye, Byrd, Gibbons, and Lawes wrote polyphonic consort music of astonishing subtlety and abstract beauty, with each voice sharing in emotional expressivity.

The apotheosis of the gamba consort tradition was reached in the Fantazias and 'In Nomines' of Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Listening to this CD of such 'Other String' quartets makes me think of the evolution of winged flight, which has occurred convergently in reptiles, birds, and mammals, with roughly the same genetic architecture building different skeletal solutions. Words can scarcely evoke the evanescent emotional variety of these fantasies, or the modernity of their harmonic resources.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Austin VINE VOICE on April 1, 2004
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Purcell's lean and clean musical language is already recognizable in these wonderful works that date from 1680. The 12 fantazias, each about two pages long, are not played in numerical order here, and there are three other similar pieces for consort of viols shuffled in amongst them, providing a CD of 53 minutes duration. The sound of a consort of viols can sometimes be grating and strident. Everything here falls easily on the year. The famed English group, the Rose Consort of Viols, plays with searching intensity, finding the special character in each of these works, and the group's leader, John Bryan, provides the annotations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Guy on November 24, 2006
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This is a superb (and cheap!) recording of some of Purcell's most beautiful, expressive and intimate music. Whilst France was watching big operas with big orchestras, Italians were writing operas and concertos and the Germans and Australians were making very exciting music with strings, brass and woodwind, the English were still composing viol consorts! It is as if the "Renaissance" didn't end in England until sometime late in the 17th century!

However, rather than remaining stuck in the past, music in England continued to develop in its own unique way. Purcell's viol consorts are not inferior to the concerti grossi of his Italian contemporary, Arcangelo Corelli, in any way, even though they are ostensively composed in a style which was already obsolete in Italy even in Monteverdi's time 80 years earlier!

These works are beautiful, strange, lyrical and sublime and quite unlike any other music from this period in history. Yes, Henry Purcell was a musical genius.

There is nothing cheap about this recording. It would still be amongst the best interpretations of these works, and a potential first choice, even if this recording was at a normal full price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel on September 15, 2010
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The Rose Consort of Viols add this to their previous impressive recordings of Dowland and Lawes Consort music. Viols,for the unaware, sound like a fairly earthy, and more stately/leisurely cello. At this point in Purcell's career, they were being largely replaced by the 'livelier/more spirited' violin. This beautifully played collection of Fantasias tends to reflect this, with a mostly stately and leisured approach (though there are also livelier pieces here), through this endlessly inventive, although brief series, of musical adventures and explorations. The two In Nomine included have a gentler, more meditative air than the Fantasias. This is complex, though accessible music, with an addictive richness of tone, though more earthbound and pedestrian than most of Purcell's other work, perhaps because it was not intended for performance. If you already enjoy 'early music', or enjoy the sound of 'lower register' instruments, you can still add this to your collection with confidence.
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